Monthly Chapter Meetings
Each chapter meets six to ten times a year. These meetings provide a regular forum for members to study ikebana, hold exhibitions, learn about other aspects of Japanese culture, and observe ikebana experts demonstrating their skill at ikebana arrangement. Friendship luncheons, special tours, and lectures on related arts are typical monthly activities. Members of other Ikebana International chapters are always welcome at a chapter's meeting.
Ikebana International regularly prints three types of printing material i.e. Magazine, I.I.Activities and Sakura News each of which has three issues a year.
IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE
High quality magazine, printed on glossy paper, richly illustrated with color plates of ikebana-related topics and also on other arts of Japan.
A newsletter on the activities of Ikebana International.
A newsletter reporting organizational news and events.
DICTIONARY FLORAL FOCUS
An English-Latin-Japanese and Japanese-English botanical name dictionary features 845 plants on 130 pages. Cost JPY1,000.
Regional Conferences are held in each region every few years for educational and cultural purposes. Each regional conference will feature at least one two-hour demonstration by a top ikebana artist, as well as training workshops and an opportunity for members to display their own ikebana arrangements.
Ikebana International World Convention is held at every five years in Japan, where top ikebana artists demonstrate their art, and training workshops are offered by high-level teachers from ikebana schools. Large exhibition is also held with hundreds of members from the world displaying their own ikebana arrangements.
Starting a Chapter
A Chapter starts as a Prospective Chapter, and should eventually become a Chapter. A Prospective Chapter has at least two schools of ikebana represented, including at a minimum six, but preferably ten, members. In preparation for becoming a Prospective Chapter, the members should elect officers and develop a Chapter Constitution and Bylaws.
For detailed information about this, please contact International Headquarters, and request a copy of the Chapter Directive. The Chapter Directive includes a model format for the Chapter's Constitution and Bylaws.
After a Prospective Chapter has a well-organized program, including the public promotion of ikebana and an increase in its membership to a minimum of fifteen members), the members may apply to International Headquarters to become a Chapter.