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Tokyo Project Study 2: Thinking about support for young people with foreign roots from the frontlines of art projects

  • Art Project ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

What activities and initiatives will be required going forward?

With guest “navigator” Shuko Ebihara, Representative of kuriya (General Incorporated Association) which provides career education and capacity building for immigrant youth living in Japan, we unravel the realities and challenges for young people with foreign roots, and examine the necessary societal approaches to support and activities in future, as well as the possibilities offered by art projects.
Respecting the diversity of young people with foreign roots, Ebihara has developed multifaceted activities designed to expand the various possibilities available to them. These include art workshops and art projects, high school dropout prevention initiatives and career support, as well as policy recommendations and efforts to improve the general climate for young people with foreign roots. In this Study, we think about the future, making reference to“10 years of working with young people with foreign roots”by Ebihara (Tokyo Art Research Lab, 2020).This publication summarizes what Ebihara has gleaned from more than a decade of activities, and what areas she believes we need to work on over the next ten years.
In addition, we aim to get some pointers for practices we can implement in Japan by looking at the example of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, an organization which also takes the welfare aspect into consideration as seen for example in the participation of social workers in its video workshops for young immigrants; by looking at the activities of an artist involved at the frontlines of support, and by looking at the experiences of a young person who has taken part in kuriya’s activities.

Program activity keywords

-Presentations and dialogue by navigator and guests
Young people with foreign roots/migration/approaches for responding to social challenges (fostering leaders, comprehensive support, creating systems and frameworks, etc.)

Target participants

-People involved in or who are going to be involved in support and activities geared towards young people and children with foreign roots
-People involved in cultural projects, education, those engaged in social contribution activities, etc.


About 25 persons

Participation fee

General 5,000 yen, students 3,500 yen

*Sessions 1 and 5 will be live streams
*Video recordings of Sessions 2 – 4 can be viewed during the streaming period. Videos will be in English with Japanese subtitles. Questions and comments taken at the time via a questionnaire form will receive a response by the navigator at a later date.


Friday, November 26, 2021 20:00 – 21:30/Session 1: Situations and challenges gleaned from the frontlines of art projects
-Practices of art projects aimed at multicultural coexistence
-What are the challenges and various barriers revealed through art projects?
-We trace Ebihara’s initiatives to date with interviewer Akie Mitomi (Manager, Arts Center Akita), who is familiar with Ebihara’s early art project activities and subsequent developments.
Friday, December 10, 2021/Session 2: The possibilities and limitations of art projects
-How has Ebihara dealt with and acted upon challenges faced on the frontlines of art projects?
-What pointers did Ebihara get for problem-solving from initiatives by the Hong Kong Arts Centre?
-We think about the future in dialogue between guest To Yee-lok Tobe (Hong Kong Arts Centre Manager) and our navigator.
*Conducted in English.90-minute video with Japanese subtitles will be streamed.
*Available to view until Friday, February 25, 2022.
Friday, December 24, 2021 /Session 3: A social inclusion learning opportunity – fostering leaders
-With our guest Avinash Ghale (designer, programmer), we think about kuriya’s activities from the perspective of a young migrant who has been involved with the organization as a youth staff member.
-What is necessary from the point of view of a young migrant (is art needed?)
-What has Ghale gained through his experiences with art projects?
-What leaders are needed going forward in terms of activities and initiatives for young people with foreign roots?
*Conducted in English.90-minute video with Japanese subtitles will be streamed.
*Available to view until Friday, February 25, 2022.
Friday, January 28, 2022/Session 4: Creating together with artists
-Introduction to art projects developed with artists
-With our guest Okui Lala, an artist and cultural worker, we think about collaboration with artists and how artists engage in activities with young people with foreign roots.
*Conducted in English.90-minute video with Japanese subtitles will be streamed.
*Available to view until Friday, February 25, 2022.
Friday, February 25, 2022 20:00 – 21:30/Session 5 From policy recommendations to the frontlines of art projects
-What are the institutional barriers that have been revealed through challenges evident on the frontlines and through solutions at an operational level?
-Introduction to policy recommendation undertakings
-What can art projects alone achieve?
-Looking back on the dialogue developed during the Study, we think about the activities, approaches and framework creation required going forward.

How to apply

Please apply using the following application form links.
General application:
Student application:

Friday, November 19, 2021 17:00
*After you have applied, the organizer will send out detailed communication by email so please check that you receive it.
*You will be sent the publication “10 years of working with young people with foreign roots” as material for the Study.

*Schedule and details are subject to change.
*Organizers will take measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
*Each session will be recorded. Please note that footage may be used for project operation and PR.


Shuko Ebihara(Representative of kuriya (General Incorporated Association), interpreter)

Operations (Coordination)
Yuki Kuwabara(Director, kuriya (General Incorporated Association))

Operations (Recording)
Atsuko Nishiuchi(copywriter, editor)

Study Manager
Yuri Sakamoto(Program Officer, Arts Council Tokyo/Principal, School of Thought, Skill and Dialogue


TARL office
Project Coordination Division,
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: 03-6256-8435(Weekday 10:00-18:00)




Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)