Dear Friends,

Thank you for expressing your interest in joining me as an active member of my exchange team for the cultural exchange to China in spring 2006. For many, myself included, this is the chance of a lifetime!

I’ve added your name to a short list of individuals who have contacted me directly for further information about this exchange, and how to apply. I know many of you where not able to attend the presentation at SAM last Thursday. Thank you for your emails and phone calls pertaining to the program. I can send you my points of the presentation if you request them. To those of you who were able to attend, thank you very much, I appreciate your support. Many questions were answered formally and informally; however, as the exchange program is still in the planning stages I am not able to give you definite answers concerning some of your most important questions; dates, duration, itinerary, and cost. Jitka Wong, CEO of World Trade Exchanges (WTE) tells me it will be July possibly August before this information will be available, mainly because information and pricing of international flights will not be available until then.

The points of destination will be as follows, but not necessarily in this order: Beijing, Xi’an, Jingdezhen, Yixing, and Shanghai. We will depart from Seattle most likely in May 2006 for 12 days, which gives us 10 days in China at an estimated cost of $3,800 to $5000 based on double occupancy. We will eat in first class restaurants and sleep in 4 and 5 star hotels. All meals, interpreters, guides, air and land travel (including taxes), extensive sightseeing, tickets to designated exhibits and performances, meeting rooms, gratuities, basic travel and medical insurance, Chinese visa, and a documented record of your visit to China (which can be helpful in providing validation for business, education or tax purposes) are all included in the fee. All of this plus the sites you’ll visit, the things you’ll see, experiences you will have, first hand look at Chinese culture, and the invaluable contacts you will make, adds up to an incredible value.

There is so much to do in China, but we only have a limited time there.  Remember, this is not a tour. As a group of artist on this cultural exchange and guests of the China Workers’ Center for International Exchange we will have access to people and places not available to tourist!

  Exchanges in the way of workshop demonstrations, lectures, and slideshows are being arranged. I’ve already received an invitation from Jackson Lee to visit the Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen as a part of our professional exchange, and this is just the beginning!

I am interested in what you want to see and do while visiting these sites. Those who commit early will have the opportunity to influence the decision making process, and can take advantage of the “Early Bird Discount”.

At the presentation in the Seattle Art Museum, the question of obtaining financing for this exchange was raised. I heard some very creative ways of dealing with financing, from selling shares of your exchange, finding business sponsors, applying for grants, to employer sponsorship, and personal loans. The rewards from this exchange will be many and if you have the desire to go you will make things happen! Funding Opportunities for Artist

Submitting a formal letter of interest (e-mail’s fine) to me is the next step in forming my exchange team. When the official itinerary and registration forms become available (July/August 2005) you will be able to officially register for the exchange.

I hope you can join me in this experience of a lifetime!

  Respectfully Yours,

Ken Turner

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