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Capacity building course for leaders of creative activities in arts and culture
“Developing logic for creative activities in arts and culture”

Arts Council Tokyo implements the Arts Academy program with the aim of cultivating future leaders in arts and culture.
The FY2018 program offers these future leaders a course by specialists in the likes of arts and culture support. The course is designed to instruct students in practical knowhow that will give greater impetus to their respective activities, and help provide solutions to the problems they face in their creative endeavors. Students will also use what they learn to think about and propose individual problem-solving strategies.
Throughout the course, we provide the utmost support to help students achieve their own capacity building by thinking and practicing using sound knowledge of and a broad perspective on the role of arts and culture in society. The program will also offer a research function to explore new possibilities for arts and culture support.

I want to take my current activities to a higher level
I want to draw up and put into practice my five- and ten-year vision
I want to break through my mental block
I want to make use of my expertise in other fields/sectors
I want to reexamine my activities in a social context
I want to find how to take a step forward from my current situation
I want to solve problems I had put to one side
I want to relearn management skills from scratch

Please apply if you have different thoughts and ideas!

2018 Arts Academy Student Application Guidelines (PDF, in Japanese)

Application briefing

Date/time: Tuesday, October 16 17:00 — 18:00
Venue: Arts Council Tokyo Conference Room (Kudan First Place 8F, 4-1-28, Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku)

How to apply
Send an e-mail with the subject line “ACT Arts Academy Briefing” to and include your name, telephone number, and the number of participants.

*Your personal information will be used only to send you information from the organizer about this event.
*Application by e-mail will be taken until 17:00 on Monday, October 15. Those who wish to participate after the deadline should contact us by telephone on the day.
*If you require sign language interpretation, please apply before 17:00 on Friday, October 12.

Number of places / eligibility

  1. About 20
  2. Producers/managers with experience of three years or more in the area of arts and culture, researchers, self-managed artists/creators, arts organizations/art NPO coordinators, art managers, program officers for arts and culture support organizations, etc. (in any field).

Program contents

Guests Tomoko Wakabayashi and Miho Ito will act as advisers and facilitators for all six sessions of the program. The sessions will comprise the following two core elements, with guest lecturers per session.

  1. Classroom lectures: 5 sessions (see below)
  2. Creating, submitting and presenting a report on problem-solving strategies: 1 session (the last session). Based on knowledge gained through classroom lectures, the students will create and submit a strategy report that will contribute to the resolving of problems in their own work, and present it at a final presentation.
    *Reports and other deliverables as well as scenes from the lectures may be edited as required by Arts Council Tokyo and published on its website and elsewhere. In addition please note that as part of this program you may be required to cooperate with interviews and questionnaires.

Session 1
Developing vision and mission / Setting tasks/targets
The raising of issues/problems by students, establishing sharing opportunities

Monday, November 12, 2018 16:00 — 20:00
Lecture and workshop on evaluating the vision and mission of enterprises and organizations (visioning, positioning, etc.)
Lecturer: Keita Yamamoto

Session 2
Developing project basics
Drill down of management system challenges in arts and culture projects and improvement measures

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 17:00 — 20:00
Building an action framework, removing bottlenecks and formulating strategy
Lecturer: Keita Yamamoto

Session 3
Developing fundraising skills for activities
Fundraising issues and practices

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 17:00 — 20:00
The ethos and techniques of fundraising (subsidies, project revenue, donations, membership fees, crowdfunding, pro bono activities, volunteering, sponsorship, etc), introduction of overseas case studies, etc.
Lecturers: Tomoko Wakabayashi, Miho Ito

Session 4
Developing an evaluation axis for communicating the significance of activities
Training in techniques for objectively communicating the significance of activities

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 17:00 — 20:00
Workshop on logic model building (techniques to evaluate, visualize and verbalize the value of activities)
Lecturer: Chika Ochiai

Session 5
Developing the relationship between arts and society

Understanding the connection between arts and culture and society, and thinking about the significance of support (with examples from Japan and overseas).
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 17:00 — 20:00
-Surveying the environment for culture creation through domestic and overseas examples relating to arts and culture support
-Thinking about arts and culture support as an urban policy from the perspective of the international community
-Cultivating a better understanding of the public support point of view
Lecturer: Torao Ohsawa

Session 6
Final presentation of report on problem-solving strategies

Thursday, February 21, 2019 17:00 — 20:00
-Proposing concrete implementation methods for solving problems encountered in arts and culture activities: giving a presentation
Lecturers: Tomoko Wakabayashi, Miho Ito

Application requirements

As well as understanding the purpose of this program, applicants should be research-aware, motivated to attend lectures, and fall under all of the following. Applicants should:

  1. Have expertise in the field of arts and culture, and over three years’ experience in planning/production, creation, research, management, etc.
  2. Think independently with a sense of purpose, and be willing to plan problem-solving measures to make concrete efforts towards improving their own activities.
  3. Be willing to contribute to the development of the environment for arts and culture through their own practices.
  4. Be able to attend every lecture and the final presentation.*
  5. Be able to prepare and submit an issues report.
  6. Be able to proactively interact and hold discussions with lecturers and other students.
  7. Have the intention of being involved in activities that contribute to the promotion of arts and culture after the course ends, and be able to assist with questionnaire-based surveys conducted by Arts Council Tokyo for three to five years after completion of the course.

*Priority will be given to students who can attend all six lectures.

Course fee and venue

  1. Course fee: free
  2. Place: Arts Council Tokyo Conference Room (Kudan First Place 8F, 4-1-28, Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku)
  3. Copyright: Copyright in deliverables such as reports created by students belongs to Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture).
  4. Other: there is no remuneration for course attendance or submission of report.

Required documents / application method

Required documents

  1. FY2018 Arts Academy Course Application Form (PDF, in Japanese)
  2. Resumé (use the standard form available from stationery stores; ensure that you attach a photograph) (PDF)
  3. Summary of your career history (in the format of your choice)
  4. Motivation for application (About 400 characters, in the format of your choice)
  5. Report (about 1,600 Japanese characters, in the format of your choice)
    Contents: Describing your own activities from an objective viewpoint, incorporating the following.
    (1) Overview of activities (2) Management system (3) Aims and objectives (4) Present outcomes (including external evaluation) (5) Issues and problem awareness as perceived at the present time (6) Ideas for solutions to the problems
  6. A reply envelope (Nagagata 3 (120 x 235mm) size) on which you have written your name, address and postal code, and affixed an 82 yen stamp.

How to apply
Please place the application documents (items 1-6 above) in an envelope marked “Arts Academy Student Application” in red, and post it to the address for applications specified below. Please note that documents required for application will not be returned.

Application Period
Friday, October 5 — Friday, October 26, 2018 (must arrive no later than this date)
Please note that Arts Council Tokyo shall not be held liable for any problems arising from use of the postal system.
*Personal information supplied in this application will be used within the scope required for the selection of applicants, in accordance with the Act on Protection of Personal Information.

Selection process and method

Members of the selection committee will review the application documents submitted (resumé, career history, motivation for application and report)

Announcement of results

Applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful, will be notified of the results by Monday, November 5, 2018, or thereabouts.
Please note that we are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone, etc. concerning the results.

Contact / Application address

Planning and Grants Section, Planning Office,
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: 03-6256-8431
FAX: 03-6256-8828



Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Operated by
Open Network for Performing Arts Management (ON-PAM)