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Capacity building course for leaders in arts and culture:
Polishing a path for creative activities in arts and culture in order to continue creating

Arts Council Tokyo implements the Arts Academy program with the aim of discovering and cultivating leaders of arts and culture for the coming age.
Since 2018 we have offered a capacity building course to help future leaders develop the multi-faceted thinking abilities and skills essential to finding solutions to the problems they face in their creative endeavors, as well as to achieving their goals. The program is based on the principal constituents of practical lectures and discussions with instructors, and the writing and presentation of a report on problem-solving strategies. The program offers an opportunity for students with established careers in a variety of fields to come together and gain new perspectives by learning from each other.
The question we face in 2020 is how to continue creating in a world of dramatic changes. It is not simply a question of creation in terms of art and culture, but also creation of the future. We believe that it is important for the world we live in going forward to find diverse meaning in the interlinkage of arts and culture with society, not to explore privileged approaches to them.
This program provides support to those with a broad perspective on the relationship of society with arts and culture, and who strive to improve the overall creative environment. The program also helps strengthen the infrastructure for, and give greater impetus to, the activities of creative leaders who have the courage to form their own practices; leaders who want to draw up and put into practice a ten-year vision, and take their current activities to a higher level. At the same time, our aim for the program is to offer a research function for the exploration of new possibilities with the freedom of creative endeavors.
Please apply if you are highly motivated and wish to create the arts and culture of the future!

Programs so far
Activity report/ Problem-solving strategy report collection(PDF)/Video digest (YouTube)
Activity report/ Problem-solving strategy report collection(PDF)/Video digest(YouTube)
【Course report blog (in Japanese)】

Online application briefing


Date/time: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 19:00 – 20:00
Method of implementation: online
How to apply: Send an e-mail with the subject line “Arts Academy application briefing” to and include your name, current position/title, and e-mail contact address.

* Your personal information will only be used to send you information from the organizers about this event.
*Applications by e-mail will be taken until 12:00 on Monday, August 24. We will then e-mail you information on the online application briefing.
*If you require sign language interpretation, please apply before 17:00 on Tuesday, August 18.

Number of places

16 – 20 persons


Production managers with experience of three years or more in the area of arts and culture, researchers, producers, curators, self-managed artists/creators, arts organizations/art NPO coordinators, art managers, program officers for arts and culture organizations, etc. (in any field).

Program contents

Guests, Tomoko Wakabayashi and Tomonori Ogawa, will act as advisers and facilitators for all eight sessions of the program. The sessions will comprise the two core elements below. From the perspective of preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), in principle we are planning to conduct the program online.

  1. Classroom lectures: 7 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.

*Depending on the situation going forward, it is possible that the program may not be held in online form, or that details may change. We are also considering offering opportunities for social gathering etc. in addition to (1) and (2) above.
*Reports and other deliverables may be edited and published on our website and elsewhere. In addition, please note that as part of this program you may be required to cooperate with interviews and questionnaires.

Lesson 1
Thought and practice for continuing to create what you want to create

Monday, October 5, 2020 18:00 – 22:00
– Self-introduction by students
– Introduction (overview of the society we live in and the environment for arts and culture)
– Second half: Engaging in independent creation on a regular basis (provisional)
(Learning to understand the creative environment and the society that surrounds you through lecturers’ experiences, and more)
Lecturers: Tomonori Ogawa, Koji Fukada

Lesson 2
Developing vision and mission:
Drill down of issues/objectives raised by students, establishing sharing opportunities

Monday, October 19, 2020 19:00 — 21:30
– Lecture and workshop on taking stock of the vision and mission of initiatives and organizations (input on the strategy framework for engaging in creative activities / understanding the need for vision and mission, drill down of issues and remedial measures, etc. )
Lecturer: Keita Yamamoto

Lesson 3
Developing an evaluation axis for communicating the significance of activities:
Looking back on activities, refining techniques for improvement and change

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 19:00 — 21:30
– Understanding the significance of evaluation
– Grasping an overall picture of evaluation, sharing objectives in technique and efficacy for use in continuous development of activities, including developing peer relationships
– Developing techniques for evaluating, visualizing, and verbalizing the value of activities
Lecturer: Yuriko Minamoto

Lesson 4
Developing fundraising skills for activities going forward:
Understanding and practicing fundraising

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 19:00 — 21:30
– Grasping an overall picture of fundraising in the culture sector, trying to expand the approach to fundraising practice, adaptation and concept
– Understanding the diversity and potential of financial resources
– Brushing up on verbal skills for fundraising
– Exploring the possibilities of fundraising in a changing society, etc.
Lecturer: Tomoko Wakabayashi

Lesson 5
Developing inventiveness and creativity for sustaining professional activity:
Understanding diversity in sustainability and creative practices

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 19:00 – 21:30
– Learning about approaches to creativity going forward and the shift in thinking, with reference to concepts such as social sculpture, sustainability, and permaculture
– Exploring the means for sustainable creation in future by learning about diverse methods and ways to create/communicate creative practices in art, design, projects/initiatives, and business
Lecturer: Hidenori Kondo

Lesson 6
Thinking about the need for arts and culture in society:
Thinking about how to be independent with support for arts and culture as the key

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 19:00 – 21:30
– Looking at why society needs arts and culture
– Taking a comprehensive look at the environment surrounding creative activities including the legal system, and developing the ability to objectively explain the value of activities
– Understanding the options for arts and culture support and exploring ways to be independent and self-reliant
Lecturer: Masao Katayama

Lesson 7
Developing the relationship between arts and culture and society:
Understanding the connection between arts and culture and society, thinking about connections and cycles

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 19:00 — 21:30
– In order to continue remodeling the relationship between arts and culture and society we think about its possibilities (its uniqueness and its universality)
– Taking a cue from the “cultural ecosystem” perspective to explore the kind of ecosystems that the individual can develop and turn into a “connection point”
Lecturer: Torao Osawa

Lesson 8
Final presentation of report on problem-solving strategies

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 17:00 — 21:00
– Proposing concrete implementation methods for solving problems encountered in arts and culture activities, sharing mutual 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

Koji Fukada
Film director

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

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

Hidenori Kondo
Sustainability Field Director, UNIVERSITY OF CREATIVITY (UoC)
Creative Producer, HAKUHODO Brand & Innovation Design

Masao Katayama
President, Saison Foundation

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 be research-aware, motivated to attend lectures, and fall under all of the following. Applicants should:

  1. Be willing to plan problem-solving measures to make concrete efforts towards improving their own activities.
  2. Be willing to contribute to the development of the environment for arts and culture.
  3. Attend every lecture and the final presentation and be able to proactively interact and hold discussions with lecturers and other students. (*1)
  4. Be able to prepare and submit a strategy report. (*2)
  5. Be able to access a PC with inbuilt microphone/camera, and an internet communication environment (Wi-fi, optical line transmission, CATV, etc.), in order to join online (simultaneous two-way communication-type) discussions. (*3)
  6. 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.

(*1) Priority will be given to students who can attend all eight lectures.
(*2) Strategy reports for the final presentation are scheduled to be edited for publication.
(*3) Smartphone screens are small, and you may not be able to view materials, so we recommend students take classes via PC.

Fee and venue

  1. Course fee: free
  2. Course to be held online in principle (depending on circumstances we may use the Arts Council Tokyo Conference Room, in which case students will be contacted in advance)
  3. Intellectual Property Rights: Copyright in deliverables such as reports created by students belongs to Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture). In addition, please note that reports and other deliverables as well as images/video footage of each lecture are scheduled to be edited and published on our website and elsewhere.
  4. Other: there is no remuneration for course attendance or submission of report, or allowances for transportation, etc.

Required documents / application method

Required documents
Please fill in or include the following items on the application form (Word).

  • Photograph of your face, name, age, current address, e-mail address, contact telephone number, current position/title, academic background, work experience, personal information such as licenses/qualifications etc. (*1)
  • Motivation for application (About 200 characters) (*2)
  • Report (About 1,200 characters) (*2)
    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

(*1) *Please note that personal information supplied in this application will be used by Arts Council Tokyo within the scope required for the selection of applicants, in accordance with the privacy policy of Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.
(*2) Please note you will have the opportunity to share your motivation for application and your report with the instructor(s) and other students in program lessons.

How to apply
Please apply via e-mail to

Application period
Friday, August 14 – 17:00, Monday, September 14, 2020

Selection process and method

Members of a selection committee established by Arts Council Tokyo will review the application documents submitted

Notification/announcement of results

Applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful, will be notified by e-mail of the results by Thursday, September 24, 2020, or thereabouts.
Please note that we are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone, etc. concerning the results. Additionally, please note we plan to include a list of participants on the Arts Council Tokyo website page introducing our projects.


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)
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Open Network for Performing Arts Management (ON-PAM)