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Arts Council Tokyo Grant Program: Activity Report of Long Term Grant-Session 11

Since 2013, Arts Council Tokyo has been running a Long Term Grant program providing up to three years of support for long-term artistic projects. In the 11th talk session on past grant recipients, we will introduce the activities of Sign Art Project. AZN, which received a two-year grant starting in 2016.

*Details of this activity report session will be posted on the website at later date.


Speakers (presenters)
Hiroe Ohashi (actor, director, Sign Art Project.AZN representative)
Yumiko Kawai (actor)
Wolfy Sano (musician, improvisor)
Hideo Watanabe (actor, voice actor)
Ryoko Umemuro (Senior Program Officer (Theater), Planning & Grants Division, Arts Council Tokyo)

SAP.AZN Project
This project comprised the training of stage actors with various disabilities, and the creation/performance of a musical with a diverse range of participants.
We hear the outcomes and findings from workshops, the creation/performance of the rock musical “A Summer Night’s Dream” and other creative activities transcending the existence or otherwise of disabilities, and consider what is necessary for artistic activities by diverse participants.

Sign Art Project.AZN
Established in 2005 by Hiroe Ohashi with the aim of developing sign language as a form of artistic performance. Since then, the group has created performing arts that blend sign language with music, dance, theater, etc. As well as engendering a new culture by promoting sign language as a means of communication transcending ethnicity and national borders, and facilitating communication with diverse people, the group has persevered with activities designed to create opportunities to understand and draw closer to others across the globe by breaking down the barriers every one of us carries in our hearts and setting ourselves free. In 2020, the group put an end to 15 years of activity with a view to moving on to the next stage,



How to reserve

Please email forum-grant@artscouncil-tokyo.jp with the subject line “Reservation: Activity Report of Long Term Grants-Session 11,”and include your name, organization, occupation, the number of people attending, your contact phone number/email address, and whether you require sign language interpreting.

Reservation deadline
Tuesday, August 31 2021, 12:00 Friday, September 3 2021, 12:00

*Sign language interpreting, UD Talk speech-to-text app available.
*Please note event details are subject to change.
*Your personal information will be handled as strictly confidential, and used only to operate this event and to send you information from the organizer about this event.


Planning & Grants Division, Planning Department, Arts Council Tokyo
TEL: 03-6256-8431 (10:00-18:00 excluding weekends and holidays)
E-mail: forum-grant@artscouncil-tokyo.jp


Online (Zoom webinar)



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