Adult Education Program
In the regions of Kyushu and Okinawa, due to an aging society with fewer children as well as a decreasing population, their cultural base is at risk. Managerial personnel are required to plan and implement art projects that will generate vitality by bringing unique ideas and creating new communities. In the fiscal year of 2015, Social Art Lab aims to train personnel who can manage attractive artistic projects that utilize the natural and cultural resources of these regions.
4 days between July and September, 2015
The basic course enabled students to acquire broad knowledge of today’s artistic trends and operational skills. Twelve experienced lecturers with diverse backgrounds gave lectures, and students also had group discussions with the lecturers, which helped them to improve their ability to put their knowledge into practice.
Advanced Training Courses
a. PR Strategy Program Workshops
September 4-6, 2015
In the PR strategy program, students experienced a three-day intensive workshop. Students shared experiences of trial and error, from their own PR practices as well as questions about effective PR. They took a contemporary kagura performance in December of 2015 as a model case, and explored its promotion strategies.
b. Planning Program Field Trip
October 10-11, 2015
In the planning program, students had a two-day field trip to the village forests in Yame city, Fukuoka Prefecture. This region was damaged by concentrated heavy rain in 2012, and is still in the process of recovering. They visited Reiganji temple (the birthplace of Yame Tea), a woodwork studio, a tea factory, terraced rice and tea fields, the Yame Tea Museum, and a local puppet theater, learning about their life and work in the village. Through the field trip, they identified local issues and proposed plans of art projects.
2016 to 2017
Social Art Lab conducted an adult education programs for art management on the topic of “Curating Perspectives on the Region.” In the basic course eight lectures were held along with corresponding workshops. In the practical course, management of the Fukuoka × Yame Remix project was taught.