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Maureen King, who will be honored this year by the Salvation Army at Women of Dedication 2005, has been associated with MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM since 1983. Over the course of these years, she has served in both a professional capacity, as Director of Development, and as a volunteer and member of the Board of Trustees. In 2004, King chaired the Museum’s annual Anniversary Celebration and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board.

MINGEI INTERNATIONAL, incorporated in 1974, is a non-profit, public foundation dedicated to furthering understanding of art of people from all cultures of the world. These essential arts, expressing many individuals and cultures, share a direct simplicity and joy in making, by hand, useful objects that are satisfying to the human spirit.

Mingei is a special word increasingly used throughout the world for “Arts Of The People.” It was coined by the revered scholar, Dr. Soetsu Yanagi, through combining the Japanese words for all people (min) and art (gei).

At both the Balboa Park Museum and at the new North County Satellite in Escondido, MINGEI INTERNATIONAL presents dynamic, changing exhibitions of traditional and contemporary folk art, craft and design. Within a contemporary, architecturally designed setting, exhibitions are composed of the finest examples of creative expression. Each exhibition is a sculptural whole, providing space, light and relationship of objects for them to speak for themselves of the similarities and distinctions of individuals and cultures through the universal language of line, form and color --- a language which knows no barrier of time, place or race.

“MINGEI INTERNATIONAL represents an important and treasured volunteer commitment for me”, says King. “The Museum is a jewel in San Diego’s crown -- bringing light, joy and creative inspiration into the lives of all who walk through its doors. Whether an exhibition is of rich, Pre-Columbian gold or simple, but fantastic origami paper -- whether the Museum displays exotic objects from the Indonesian Archipelago or charmingly familiar dolls and toys from near and far -- whether the focus in on the contemporary glass of Dale Chihuly or the ancient jade of China -- all is beauty; all is magic; all is mingei!”

Mingei International Museum Balboa Park Location, the corner of El Prado and the Plaza de Panama (southwest of the fountain).

Phone: 619-239-0003


Photograph by Anthony Scoggins

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