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Artpoint Meeting #14 Creating our “hub”: How to make hubs open and accessible, and how to keep them going

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For art projects that are carried out in everyday community settings, establishing a project hub serves as the driving force for creating relationships among a range of people. Hubs are created through the efforts of a variety of people. Ideas for new projects emerge when people get together, muck in together, and exchange impromptu conversation. New relationships are created by starting projects. This is how a project hub develops so that the people involved think of it as “our hub.”
On the other hand, creating a hub like this is no mean feat. How is it possible to create a hub that smoothly transcends boundaries between those who create the hub and those who use it? To this end, how do we make the hub open and accessible, and keep it going? This Artpoint Meeting features discussion with guests who have experienced the trial and error of being involved in the creation of project hubs.


14:00-14:20 Opening “Creating our “hub”: Tokyo Artpoint Project initiatives”
Speaker: Shunsuke Sakurai (Program Officer, Arts Council Tokyo)

14:20-15:00 Interactive discussion “Opening and making a hub accessible in the community”
NPO Arts Center Akita was established in 2018 as an organization handling social engagement at Akita University of Art. It has been involved in the running of multiple project bases, including the Akita City Cultural Creation Center, which is a remodeled version of the Akita Prefectural Museum of Art. As part of the HAPPY TURN/Kozushima project that began in 2018 in Kozushima, Tokyo, operates “Kuruto”, a vacant house on the island which was renovated by project members. Both locations are characterized by the fact that they encourage the people who visit them to create new projects. What kind of trial and error process is involved in the “opening up” of places like these? We talk about the possibilities and challenges that have emerged from the practice of these two projects.
Speaker: Yukie Mitomi (Manager, NPO Arts Center Akita), Tomoyo Iijima (Manager, HAPPY TURN/Kozushima)
Interviewer: Shunsuke Sakurai

15:00-15:10 Break

15:10-15:50 Interview: “How has C.A.P. continued? Hearing about its 30-year history”
C.A.P. (The Conference on Arts and Art Projects) was founded in 1994, principally by artists.
Based in Kobe City’s former National Emigration Center, C.A.P. has continued with its activities to the present, changing its operating methods during that time, such as experimental applications in 1999, becoming an NPO, and becoming a Kobe City Designated Manager. What kind of twists and turns have there been to date? We take time listening to what our guest has to say and explore pointers for keeping hubs going.
*During the talk there will be a screening of “CAP HOUSE: Experiments with Art” (Connector TV, 2006/subtitled).
Speaker: Nobuhisa Shimoda (Director, C.A.P. )
Interviewer: Risei Sato (Program Officer, Arts Council Tokyo)

15:50-16:50 Discussion
Speaker: Yukie Mitomi, Tomoyo Iijima, Nobuhisa Shimoda
Moderator: Risei Sato

16:50-17:00 Closing

*Program is subject to change.

Participation fee

Free *Sign language support available.


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


Forum, 4F, Musashino Place
(2-3-18 Kyonancho, Musashino City, Tokyo)



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Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
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With the cooperation of: Regional Culture Information and Projects (NPO recip)