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

Online application briefing

Date/time: Wednesday, August 18 2021, 19:00 – 20:00
Method of implementation: online
How to apply: Send an e-mail with the subject line “AA Capacity building course 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 15:00 on Monday, August 16. We will then e-mail you information on the online application briefing.
*If you require sign language interpretation, please apply before 17:00 on Wednesday, August 11.

Number of places

16 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

With Tomoko Wakabayashi and Tomonori Ogawa as advisors and facilitators, the program will comprise a total of 9 sessions built around the following two core elements.

  1. Orientation/classroom lectures: 8 sessions (see below)
  2. Writing, submitting and presenting a strategic report: 1 session (Session 9)
    Based on knowledge gained through classroom lectures, participants will write and submit a strategic report that will contribute to problem-solving in their own work and deliver it at a final presentation.

*Session 1 and 9 are scheduled to be held face-to-face, and Sessions 2 – 8 to be held online. However, there is a possibility that we may switch to holding all sessions online depending on the circumstances, such as the announcement of a state of emergency or key measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

*The problem-solving strategic 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.

Session 1
An overview of the society we live in and the conditions for art and culture

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 18:00 – 22:00
-Introduction/orientation (Ogawa, Wakabayashi)
-First half: Presentation for students to introduce themselves
-Second half:(lecture/workshop) An overview of the society we live in and the conditions for art and culture
Lecturers: Tomonori Ogawa, Tomoko Wakabayashi

Session 2
Developing vision and mission
Raising/drilling down issues and goals, establishing sharing opportunities

Friday, October 1, 2021 19:00 – 21:30
-Lecture and workshop on vision and mission in students’ own activities and organizations (input/vision for a strategy framework in the conducting of creative activities, understanding the necessity of mission, drill down of issues and improvement measures, etc.)
Lecturer: Keita Yamamoto

Session 3
Developing the relationship between arts and culture/society
Understanding its links to society and thinking about “connection” and “cycle”

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 19:00 – 21:30
-Considering the state of the relationship (in terms of both uniqueness and universality) between arts and culture/society, with a view to updating the relationship
-Taking a cue from the perspective of a “cultural ecosystem,” we explore what ecosystems we can pioneer ourselves in the post-coronavirus era and turn into “connection points” for the creation of new cycles.
Lecturers: Torao Osawa

Session 4
Developing fundraising for future activities
Fundraising understanding and practice

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 19:00 – 21:30
-Grasping an overall picture of culture sector fundraising in an attempt to expand on practical approaches, innovation and ideas
-Familiarization with the variety and potential of resources
-Improving verbalization skills for fundraising
-Exploring the potential for fundraising in a changing society, etc.
Lecturer: Yoko Tokunaga

Session 5
What is publicity/public relations?
Developing the ability to convey the value of your activities

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 19:00 – 21:30
-How can we convey the value of our own activities to other people and our backers so it resonates? We explore and develop the possibilities and methods for communication and engagement by renewing our awareness of stakeholders in our activities.
Lecturer: Norihiko Ueoka

Session 6
Organizing thought and ideas/extracting and identifying problems

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 19:00 – 21:30
-Based on lectures so far, we reexamine the organization of our thoughts and ideas, the stocktaking of resources available for our activities, the extraction and selection of challenges and the search for solutions. We create a process for solving problems. We share new insights etc. through means of discussion and more.
Lecturers: Tomonori Ogawa, Tomoko Wakabayashi

Session 7
Developing an evaluation axis to convey the importance of activities
Reflecting on activities, developing skills to improve and innovate

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 19:00 – 21:30
-Understanding the significance of evaluation
-Grasping an overall picture of evaluation, sharing goals for methods and effects and leveraging them for the sustainable development of activities including creating partners and collaborators
-Developing techniques to evaluate, visualize and verbalize the value of activities
Lecturer: Yuriko Minamoto

Session 8
Thinking about the need for arts and culture
Support systems for arts and culture as the key to considering ways to be independent

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 19:00 – 21:30
-Considering the question of why arts and culture are necessary to society
-Improving the ability to objectively explain the value of activities through a holistic understanding of the environment surrounding creative activities, including the legal system.
-Learning the options for support systems for arts and culture, and exploring ways to be independent and self-driven
Lecturer: Masao Katayama

Session 9
Final presentation of strategic report

Thursday, February 10, 2022 17:00 – 21:00
Proposing concrete implementation methods for problem-solving encountered in creative activities, sharing thoughts and ideas
Lecturers: Tomonori Ogawa, Tomoko Wakabayashi


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 / Adviser of Vitalizing Local Economy Strategy Promotion of Unnan City, Shimane Prefecture

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

Yoko Tokunaga
President, Representative of Fundraising-Lab / board member and Certified Fundraiser of Japan Fundraising Association (JFRA) / board member of Saga Future Design Foundation / board member of Nippon Ginkenshibu Foundation / Part-time Lecturer, Hosei University

Norihiko Ueoka
Executive Communication Officer, Ebara Foods Industry Inc

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

Masao Katayama
President, Saison Foundation

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. Location: Arts Council Tokyo conference room or online (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)
  • 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 (7) Motivation for taking course

(*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 send an email to with the subject line “AA2021 Capacity Building Course.”

Application period
Monday, August 2 – Wednesday, September 1 2021, 17:00

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


Arts Council Tokyo (Kudan First Place 8F, 4-1-28, Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), online (Zoom)



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