March 30, 2005
12643 12th Avenue
Seattle WA 98168
Dear Mr. Turner;
I am pleased to learn of your plans to visit China at the
invitation of the China Workers Center for International Exchange (CWVCIE), as
their guest and leader of the Ceramics Cultural and Professional Exchange
Program in spring 2006. As you know, the Washington State Arts Commission has
been exploring opportunities for international programming. Last year I had the
privilege of leading a delegation to China on a cultural exchange/trade mission.
It was a remarkable experience that deepened my appreciation for China, the
arts, and international exchange.
In Washington and elsewhere, international cultural programs
include performances and exhibitions of artwork, studio time for visiting
artists, art workshops across language barriers and exchanges of student art.
Although often challenging to manage, such international cultural programs have
great rewards in developing understanding across geographic and ethnic
boundaries. Participating artists experience a significant, diverse and positive
impact on their work.
Your anticipated itinerary includes visiting important ceramic
centers in Yixing and Jingdezhen, as well as visits to other cultural sites.
I hope you have opportunities to meet and learn with your professional
peers, and to share ideas and techniques. Certainly you will benefit from a
deeper understanding of Chinese culture and traditions, as well as some
I hope your work in China initiates some important contacts for
future professional opportunities, and wish you the best.
Kris Tucker, Executive Director
Washington State Arts Commission