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#THE FUTURE IS ART: The Power of Partnership

The world is grappling with the common problem of the COVID-19 pandemic right now. How can we overcome this unprecedented crisis, and enhance the resilience and sustainability of arts and culture? This is the second instalment of the forum, following “# THE FUTURE IS ART Management for Tomorrow” held in December last year.

For this session, we focus on the power of partnership and solidarity in arts and culture. Up until now, while financial and human resources have become increasingly limited, we have continued to explore ways to push forward with institutional cooperation and strategic partnerships, in other spheres as well as arts and culture. Under COVID-19 Crisis, these continuous efforts to strengthen partnerships and network have proved to become the basis of the sector’s resilience. In addition, it has become even more necessary to create synergies through cooperation, such as increased efficiently of projects through optimization of resources, and enhanced creativity or reach by leveraging respective strengths across fields. Furthermore, it is becoming more and more important for the sector to work together and comprehensively communicate and promote the value of arts and culture.

Together with our speakers, we discuss some of the issues concerning partnerships and solidarity, now inevitable in our rapidly changing social situation. We would like to touch upon topics such as; the challenges and advantages of partnerships which were highlighted by the virus; the universal knowhow to cross-develop and connect; and new initiatives and outlooks of the post pandemic partnerships. Please tune in.

If you wish to view this event, please register using the online registration form by noon on Tuesday, March 9.

*The live streaming will be available mainly in Japanese (Partially English to Japanese consecutive interpretation available)
(Video with English subtitles will be published at a later date)

About Open Forum
Arts Council Tokyo organizes forums aiming to address current and important themes in the field of arts and culture. Through discussion among experts from various fields, we aim to explore arts and culture-related measures that affirm and enhance Tokyo’s standing as a world city.


Part 1 Presentations from speakers
Part 2 Discussion
*Please note that details of the program are subject to change.

Speakers/moderator (in no particular order)

(c) Jason Bruges Studio
Jason Bruges
Multi-Disciplinary Artist and Designer based in London.
His work blends architecture with interaction design and uses a high-tech, mixed media palette to explore spectacle, time-based interventions and dynamic spatial experiences. He is passionate about creating site-specific pieces that engage people with their environments. Jason Bruges Studio has partnered with many architects, engineers, museums and galleries having created one-off spectacles for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. This year the studio is working on a major robotic installation project named “The Constant Gardeners” which is selected as one of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13 aiming to promote Tokyo as a city of arts and culture during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Photo by Hideto Maezawa
Hiromi Maruoka
President of PARC – Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication, Director of TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama and Vice President of ON-PAM – Open Network for Performing Arts Management.
Established the Post Mainstream Performing Arts Festival (PPAF) in 2003 and introduced such groups as PME-ART, Forced Entertainment, MaisonDahlBonnema and Hotel Modern to Japanese audience. In conjunction with TPAM, she held two IETM Asia Satellite Meetings (2008 and 2011) and Performing Arts Presenters’ Network Conference (2009) gathering Asian presenters.

(c) Jouji Suzuki
Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto
Director, Center for Arts and Culture at NLI Research Institute
He began his career as an architect in 1981 and became a consultant and researcher in cultural fields in 1985. Since then, he has been engaged in international studies on cultural policy, research on creative city development, survey on Cultural Olympiad, master planning of cultural institutions, and consultation for public art projects. These latter include Tokyo Opera City, National Art Center Tokyo and Tokyo International Forum, which rank among the top cultural developments over a couple of past decades in Japan.  In addition to his role as a board member of Arts Council Tokyo, current roles include a core member of the Culture and Education Committee at the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and member of Tokyo Council for the Arts as well as the chairman of Tokyo 2020 Cultural Program Promotion Committee.


*Advanced reservation required.


Online registration form

Tuesday, March 9 2021, Noon

*Upon registration, we will send you an email with the link to access the forum by the day before the event.
*The live streaming will be available mainly in Japanese (Partially English to Japanese consecutive interpretation available)
(Video with English subtitles will be published at a later date)


Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Olympic and Paralympic Cultural Strategy




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



  • 2020年度 オープンフォーラム:THE FUTURE IS ART 明日を拓くパートナーシップの力/ FY2020 Open Forum: The Power of Partnership (Japanese)

  • 2020年度 オープンフォーラム:明日を拓くパートナーシップの力【英語字幕入り】 / FY2020 Open Forum: The Power of Partnership 【ENG sub】