The Lansing Chapter of Ikebana International was established in 1967 by a group of about 20 women who were interested in studying Japanese floral design. The group incorporated as an official chapter with the international organization in 1969, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. The Chapter’s first teacher, Adda Babcock, learned the art of ikebana while living in Japan and was given permission to teach in the USA when she returned to the states. Our chapter currently has certified instructors in the Ichiyo and Ohara schools of ikebana.
Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for over 600 years. It is a disciplined art form steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature. The art of Ikebana allows for creative expression within certain rules of construction. There are currently over 2,000 different schools of Ikebana registered with the Japanese Ministry of Education, each with its own style, patterns, and rules for arranging of floral and plant materials. There are chapters of Ikebana International throughout the world who meet to learn about Japanese culture and arts, and to experience the international organization’s motto: “Friendship through Flowers.”
Our chapter hosts a featured program or event monthly from September-June — including live workshops with certified guest instructors in different ikebana schools, online video programs, an annual exhibition, and occasional field trips.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
The Modern Flower: Old Meets New in Arrangement
All manner of floral encounters await people around Kyoto. Florists do not just sell flowers but also arrange them on site with designer flair. Ikebana schools collaborate to revive the secret art of wrapping flowers in washi. A future school head seeks new paths by posting his playful arrangements to social media. One artist has created a novel way of arranging flowers directly in the hair. Discover the panache with which modern floral artists and artisans make the utmost of tradition.
Time: 10: 30 am - 12 noon
Location: Zoom Event
Program Fee: Members and first-time guests: FREE. Others $10.
Advance registration required by Thursday, May 12, 2022.
A chapter year runs from July - June and includes membership in both our Lansing chapter and Ikebana International. Membership includes a subscription to the organization's beautiful full-color magazine (published 3 times annually) plus quarterly newsletters, as well as our local twice-monthly eNewsletter.
Our chapter hosts programs and events once monthly from September-June and includes a combination of in-person workshops with certified instructors from different ikebana schools, online programs, an annual exhibition, and occasional field trips. Attendance at these events is free for members.
Full membership is $100 annually. We also offer associate memberships to individuals who are already members of Ikebana International through another local chapter. The fee is $40 per year and includes all the same local benefits. Interested in joining? Click on the button below to get started.
In early October our chapter held an exhibition at the University Club of MSU, displaying arrangements designed and created by our chapter members. Below are the arrangements from the exhibition. Click on any image to see a larger version.
Ikebana International Links
North Central American Region (NCAR)
The North and Central American Region (NCAR) is the largest region of seven regions within Ikebana International, reaching from Canada to the Panama Canal. Its Regional Advocate Committee seeks to strengthen relationships with the 68 NCAR chapters – through engagement, communication and knowledge sharing – to enhance chapter and school vitality.
The Ikebana Iwaya Fund (IIF) is an IRS 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established in 2006 to promote and support ikebana related activity in North America. It seeks to educate the general public and foster the growth of ikebana through collaboration and financial support of organizations with this shared mandate. The Iwaya Fund is built with public donations, both general and specific. The Estate of Sumako Iwaya is matching these donations into the Endowment Fund. The dividend income generated by its permanent Endowment Fund is used to disburse as grants to its stakeholders (I.I. chapters, ikebana study groups, schools and teachers).