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Capacity building course for leaders in arts and culture
“Polishing a path for creative activities in arts and culture”

Arts Council Tokyo implements the Arts Academy program with the aim of discovering and cultivating future leaders in arts and culture.
We offer future leaders a capacity building course based on the principal program constituents of a) classroom lectures to help them develop the multi-faceted skills and essential sense of thinking on the path to finding solutions to the problems they face in their creative endeavors, as well as to achieving their goals; and b) writing and presentation of a strategic report, based on each participant’s activities.
This year, we are expanding the program of fundraising, and to encourage to develop deeper insight
into arts and culture. Through this course, the program will also offer a research function to explore new possibilities supporting system for arts and culture.

Please apply if you have strong and positive motivation to improve own talents and capacity to dedicate the future cultural sector.

2019 Arts Academy Application Guidelines (PDF, in Japanese)

Open call briefing

Date/time: Thursday, August 15 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 Wednesday, August 14. 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 Thursday, August 8.

Number of places / eligibility

  1. 16 to 20 persons
  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 organizations, etc. (in any field).

Program contents

Based on the facilitation by Tomoko Wakabayashi and Tomonori Ogawa. Sessions will comprise the following two core elements.

  1. 1. Classroom lectures; 7 sessions (see below)
  2. 2. Writing and presenting a strategic report: 1 session (the last session).
    *Based on knowledge gained through classroom lectures, participants
    will write a strategy report that will contribute to problem-solving in their own work and deliver 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 issues and goals
Raising of issues/goals and sharing opportunities

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 16:00 – 20:00
Lecture and workshop for the vision and mission of own activities and organizations (input for a strategy framework in the conducting of creative activities / understanding why vision and mission for activities are necessary through a grasp of overall strategy, etc.)
Lecturer: Keita Yamamoto

Session 2
Developing project basics
Clarifying the bottle-neck problems and those clews to improve the project / organization management

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 17:00 – 20:00
Self-assesment work and feedback sharing
Lecturer: Keita Yamamoto

Session 3
Developing fundraising for activities
Fundraising issues and practices (1)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 17:00 – 20:00
-Ethos, concept and techniques of fundraising (why it is necessary/what is necessary/in what way it is necessary)
-Creating a growth strategy integrating financial resources, projects and organizations
-Categories of financial resources
-How to involve existing and potential supporters, fostering empathy and engagement
-Sharing case studies, failures and lessons learned / sharing of improvement measures, etc.
Lecturer: Miho Ito

Session 4
Developing fundraising for activities
Fundraising issues and practices (2)

Monday, November 11, 2019 17:00 – 20:00
-Grasping an overall picture of culture sector fundraising in order to attempt to expand on practical approaches, innovation and ideas
-Finding the diversity and potential of resources
-Brushing up on words for fundraising, etc.
Lecturer: Tomoko Wakabayashi

Session 5
Thinking about the need of arts and culture
Supporting system for arts and culture as the key to considering ways to be independent

Monday, December 2, 2019 17:00 – 20:00
-Considering the question of why arts and culture are necessary to society.
-Finding a holistic view of the environment surrounding cultural sector and developing the ability to value arts and culture
-Knowing the options of supporting system for arts and culture, and exploring ways to be independent
Lecturer: Masao Katayama

Session 6
Developing an evaluation axis to share the importance of activities
Reflecting on activities, developing skills to improve and innovate

Monday, December 16, 2019 17:00 – 20:00
-Understanding the importance of evaluation
-Grasping the overall picture of evaluation in order to apply the methods and effects to sustainable development
-Developing methods to evaluate, visualize and verbalize the value of activities
Lecturer: Yuriko Minamoto

Session 7
Developing the relationship between arts and culture/society
Understanding the relationship with society and thinking about “connection”

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 17:00 – 20:00
–Considering the state of the relationship (in terms of both uniqueness and universality) between arts and culture/society in order to update the relationship
Finding a cue from a “cultural ecosystem” perspective, we explore what ecosystems can be pioneered and turned into “connection points”
Lecturers: Torao Osawa, Tomonori Ogawa

Session 8
Final presentation of strategic report

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 16:00 – 20:00
Proposing ideas for problem-solving encountered in arts and culture activities, sharing of thinking
Lecturers: Tomoko Wakabayashi, Tomonori Ogawa


Tomonori Ogawa
President, NPO ST Spot Yokohama

撮影:安田有里 (C)Ko Na design
Tomoko Wakabayashi
Project Coordinator / Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Rikkyo University Graduate School of Social Design Studies

Keita Yamamoto
CEO, Seventh Generation Project Co., Ltd./ member of the board of directors and Certified Fundraiser, Japan Fundraising Association /
Director, NPO Occhi Lab / Adviser of Vitalizing Local Economy Strategy Promotion of Unnan City, Shimane Prefecture

(C)Taira Tairadate
Miho Ito

Masao Katayama
President, Saison Foundation

Yuriko Minamoto
Professor, Meiji University Graduate School of Global Governance
Director, Meiji University Program Evaluation Laboratory

Torao Osawa
Senior Researcher, Art and Cultural Projects, NLI Research Institute / Director, NPO Art NPO Link / Auditor, NPO ST Spot Yokohama / Adviser, Social Art Lab, Kyushu University Graduate School of design

Application requirements

As well as understanding the purpose of this program, applicants should motivated to attend all lectures with research view, and appropriate all of the following:

  1. Have experience in the field of arts and culture, and more than three years in production, creation, research, management, etc.
  2. Think positive and be willing to work problem-solving measures and make 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 a strategic report.
  6. Be able to proactively interact and hold discussions with lecturers and other participants.
  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 surveys designed by Arts Council Tokyo for three to five years after completion of the course.

*Priority will be given to participants who can attend all lectures.
*Strategic reports for the final presentation are scheduled to be edited for publication.

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: Any copyright in such as reports created by participants 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. FY2019 Arts Academy Course Application Form (PDF, in Japanese)
  2. Resumé (use the standard form available from stores; ensure that you attach a photograph) (PDF)
  3. Summary of your CV (format free)
  4. Intention of participation (About 400 characters, format free)
  5. Short report (about 1,600 characters, format free)
    Contents: Describing your own activities from an objective viewpoint, consisting of the following.
    (1) Overview of activities (2) Management system (3) Aims and goals (4) Existing outcomes (including reviews) (5) Issues and problems found at the present time (6) Ideas to solve the problems
  6. Envelope (Nagagata 3 (120 x 235mm) size) on which you have written your name, address and postal code, and affixed an 82 yen stamp.
    *Personal information supplied in the application will be used within the scope required for the selection of applicants, in accordance with the Act on Protection of Personal Information
    *Please note that participants’intention of participation and reports may be shared with the lecturer and other students during the course.

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

Application Period
Monday, August 5 — Friday, August 30, 2019 (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 any delivering 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, CV, intention of participation and short report)

Announcement of results

Applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful, will be notified of the results by Friday, September 6, 2019, or thereabouts.
Please note that we are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone, etc. concerning the results.
Additionally, please note we plan to open a list of participants on the Arts Council Tokyo website.

Contact / Application address

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



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