Instituto Superior de Arte（ISA）, Cuba
- Selected by: David Rockefeller, Jr., International Advisor
Instituto Superior de Arte, founded in Cuba in 1976, is the National University of Arts, providing instruction in music, theater, dance, fine art, photography, and film. Approximately 1,000 students are enrolled. The Building of ISA, designed by Cuban architect Ricardo Porro and constructed in the 1960s, is considered one of the most important cultural assets in Latin America. The ISA has concentrated on developing each student’s individual creativity and, at the same time, on preserving Cuban culture. The Grant was mainly used to purchase lighting and sound equipment for the Theater and Dance Faculties.
The Polish National Film, Television and Theater School, Lodz
- Selected by: Helmut Schmidt, International Advisor
The Polish National Film, Television and Theater School was founded in 1948. Since then it has been a cradle for creative talents such as Andrzej Wajda, 1996 Praemium Imperiale laureate, and Roman Polanski. There are approximately 250 students studying film, television, theater, as well as being trained as specialists in production management. The school has worked over many decades under conditions dictated by a communist regime. The grant was used for a film produced by students. The school held a competition, and a scenario of a Bosnian student was selected for realization. The film entitled "The Scent of Rain" was finished in the summer of 1999 and screened at many film festivals.
Hanoi National Conservatory of Music, Vietnam
- Selected by: Yasuhiro Nakasone, International Advisor
Hanoi National Conservatory of Music is a national music education institute training 1000 students from the primary to postgraduate level. It was established in 1956, and continued to nurture world-class musicians even during the war years. To support the plan by the conservatory to assemble a full 100 piece orchestra, the Japan Art Association invited Hikotaro Yazaki, a conductor resident in Paris, to Hanoi in 1998, to give the orchestra specialist instruction. The result was a series of commemorative concerts in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Min City. All the expenses for this preparation and tour were funded by the grant. In 1999 the conservatory orchestra visited Tokyo at the invitation of Ministry of Culture and Information of Japan, and gave their first concert overseas.