Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan

The focus of the 2021 East Asia in the Upper Midwest teacher program will be the influence of Japanese art on Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright is a towering figure in American architecture and one of Wisconsin’s most famous cultural exports. However, his relationship with Japan and Japanese art is frequently overlooked. 

Educators will explore how Wright was caught up in the vogue for all things Japan in the late 19th century, how he developed a deep interest in Japanese art, and how Japanese architecture and art, particularly the Japanese print, were key ingredients in Wright’s innovative and unique style. Themes of “organic form” and cultural appropriation will also be explored.

This program will take place virtually in an asynchronous format, with optional synchronous sessions.

Cover of the book The Japanese Print by Frank Lloyd Wright


Who Should Apply

Social studies and art teachers interested in integrating Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese art into their classrooms, with priority given to teachers teaching in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. 

How to Apply

Use the “apply now” link below to fill out an online application form. Space is limited to 25 teachers. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled or until 30 April.



  • $200 stipend for all teachers who participate in all sessions and deliver publishable lesson plans on this topic to CEAS by 30 September 2021;
  • $200 worth of topic-related materials (books, maps, DVDs, etc) delivered to your home;
  • Opportunities to interact with experts on Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese Art and to have your questions answered in both synchronous and asynchronous sessions.


  • $25 (covers program and administrative costs)


Early May

Teachers will receive topic-related materials and an electronic curricular guide.

14 June

Teachers submit three topic-related content questions to CEAS to be addressed by experts.

21 June – 9 July

CEAS will organize 3 Zoom sessions with different scholars of Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese art to answer teachers’ submitted questions. Teachers are encouraged to participate in these Zoom sessions, but live participation is not required. These sessions will be archived on CEAS’ website and can be viewed later.

30 September

Deadline for teachers to submit their topic-related lesson plans. Lesson plans should be prepared according to a template CEAS will provide and should reference Wisconsin (or appropriate) state standards.