In fiscal year 2013 the Artists in Jidokan program has implemented the “After-School Art Plan.” In this project, which is based at four children’s centers in Nerima-ku, new art programs are being developed from children’s own ideas.
Since October 2013, children’s center staff members, together with elementary, junior high and high school students who come to the centers to play, have been collecting ideas, holding project meetings, carrying out trial projects, considering guest artists and so on, with the aim of carrying out art programs. While addressing kids’ requests and children’s center issues, we have been thinking about what sort of place provides freedom and enjoyment for children and is meaningful for their growth and maturation.
At this “meeting to report results,” we will present the themes “shop,” “kitchen” and “media,” which were conceived to reflect these activities and the ideas of the children’s centers, as well as the art plans resulting from these themes. We will also discuss future progress.
Together with participants from the general public, we will also consider issues and possibilities related to “creating a place for children,” a theme we have been addressing as we carry out this project. If you’re interested in children’s centers and community activities for kids, or in spaces for kids and art, please attend!
18:30 – Introduction – What is the After-School Art Plan?
Takashi Usui, representative of Artists in Jidokan (NPO)
18:45 – Each children’s center’s activity report and plan presentation
Responsible staff member from each children’s center, and After-School Art Plan project coordinator
– Shakujii Children’s Center
Turn a children’s center into a “design shop”?! Renovating an arts and crafts room
– Nakamura Children’s Center
Turn a children’s center into a “share kitchen”?! An after-school meal with junior high and high school students
– Hikarigaoka Nakayoshi Children’s Center
Turn a children’s center into a media headquarters?! Reporting and news transmission by kids
-Sekimachi Children’s Center
A radio broadcast at a children’s center?! Thinking about connections between kids and grownups
19:40 – 19:50 Break
19:50 – 20:30 Open Discussion
The possibilities and challenges of after-school activities at children’s centers
Contact us at by E-mail, phone or fax and indicate 1) your name, 2) your affiliation, 3) the event you wish to attend (open meeting), and 4) your phone number.
Tel: 090-5413-1725 (Attention: Takano)
* Your personal information will be used only for the management of this project and for contacting you about this event.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government,
Tokyo Culture Creation Project Office (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Nerima City Board of Education, Artists in Jidokan (NPO)
Assistance: Nerima Community Development Center (public foundation, Nerima environmental community development corporation)
Nerima City Office, 20th floor assembly hall (6-12-1 Toyotamakita, Nerima-ku, Tokyo)
* 5-minute walk from Seibu-Ikebukuro Line Nerima Station West Exit; 7-minute walk from subway Toei Oedo Line Nerima Station