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Our Focus at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Creating a society where all kinds of people can interact through music
Workshop Workshop! 2020 on stage & legacy

At the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, we are carrying out a variety of social inclusion initiatives through "Workshop Workshop! 2020 on stage & legacy," with the aim of realizing a pluralistic symbiotic society through the arts.

"Workshop Workshop! 2020 on stage & legacy" has its mission to contribute to the promotion of the arts and culture in order to improve people’s quality of life and realize a symbiotic society. It does so by leveraging the "creativity," "cooperativeness," and "participatory nature" of the arts while confronting social issues, and encompasses four different approaches, "education," "practice," "validation," and "dissemination." In each of these four areas, great importance is attached to initiatives aiming to provide opportunities for all people to participate in music appreciation and experience creating music, irrespective of age, disability, or social handicap, and to create an environment in which many people can engage proactively with the creation of new culture. In particular, we have been holding music workshops emphasizing "creativity," "cooperativeness," and "inclusivity" in recent years in special needs schools, facilities for senior citizens, social welfare facilities and so on within Tokyo, and carrying out the training of specialist personnel essential for their implementation.

Guidebook to the Art Activities leading to Social Inclusion

This guidebook illustrates the subjects we need to understand on practicing those activities with a focus on the performing arts. The guidebook is mostly about discussions and lectures that we edited from our previous programs "Lectures and training for the art activities leading to social inclusion." We also tried verbalizing the knowledge that has not been told in words, which is a practitioner's perspective and philosophy (things focused on the most during the activities). By doing this, we set our sights on public cultural facilities to consider their way of working on art activities with a concentration on social inclusion to reevaluate and redefine such activities.

Validation of music workshops for senior citizens

Season 2018 Validation of music workshops for senior citizens: Reporting session

The validation of the year 2018’s music workshops for senior citizens was carried out together with KUSAKA Nahoko (professor at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts), a researcher specializing in geriatric psychology. In the validation, ten workshops were held at two facilities for senior citizens within Tokyo, from December 2018 through February 2019. The validation of the following points was carried out with the aim of obtaining hints for ongoing program development, at the same time as striving to derive new knowledge:

  • 1. Communication through the activities of music workshops for senior citizens
  • 2. Program design for music workshops in which senior citizens become creative agents
Based on this validation, it is suggested that improvisational music can be a creative method to achieve the construction of personal integrity for senior citizens and the realization of pluralistic symbiotic society.

Season 2019 Validation of music workshops for senior citizens: Reporting session

In the 2019 season, we carried out a validation of programs for active seniors together with KUSAKA Nahoko (professor at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts), a researcher specializing in the psychology of the elderly, in order to examine concrete methods of program creation and the originality of “Shall we sing?” of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Music Workshops (aimed at those over 50).
In November 2019, “Shall we sing?” were held at facilities within the metropolis, and a survey was carried out through interviews. The validation looked at the following three areas:

  • 1. Measurement of the effects of workshops in which participants move to music
  • 2. Program creation for music workshops aimed at active seniors (e.g. the creation of a structure that attracts those who are not in the habit of participating in cultural activities)
  • 3. The social meaning of music workshops in which senior citizens play the central role.
The results of the verification made it clear that a workshop with a structured program and a concrete goal allowed participants to achieve self-realization. In particular, the structured program design raised the motivation of people, which consequently developed into a desire to participate in the next such program.

Music Workshops at facilities for senior citizens and social welfare organizations

Since 2016, we have been delivering music workshops in Tokyo in partnership with facilities for senior citizens, social welfare organizations and other professional institutions with the aim of realizing a pluralistic symbiotic society through the arts.

Depending on the participants and needs of the facilities and organizations, we have developed the workshops by tailoring the music workshop programs we have previously conducted at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

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Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Music Workshops for Senior Citizens
* The video contains real sound works created by senior citizens at our improvisational music making workshops.

Lectures and training for the art activities leading to social inclusion

There is a growing need and increasing attention for activities that spotlight the inclusivity of arts in recent years. Such movement introduced legislation for promoting artistic activities for people with disabilities. On the other hand, we, as practitioners of "art activities leading to social inclusion," are still trying to figure out how to handle those activities and how to deliver them with the highest quality.

The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, therefore, launched lectures to sort out the points we need to understand on practicing "art activities leading to social inclusion" and offer professional training for musicians. Focusing on performing arts such as music and dance. Aiming to achieve a higher quality of social inclusive art activities, cutting edge artists thus provide us with expert knowledge, know-how, and various case studies and theories based on practices.

We believe that arts and cultural activities can improve people’s wellbeing and quality of life. They can realize the symbiotic society as well. From this point of view, we have also been researching and studying about the roles and effects that arts and cultural activities need to achieve. The current situation, where culture, arts, health, and wellbeing are interrelated is also what we want to grasp. These studies will help facilitate professional development and personnel assignments to actual, meaningful activities.

In the 2019 season, we commissioned Kyushu University (NAKAMURA Mia [Associate Professor, Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University]) to research and analyze the fieldwork focusing on the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Interviews were then conducted to the specialized organizations and practitioners of arts and cultural activities. The research led to the following results: 1) verbalization of the significance of workshops and roles of workshop leaders that have not been told from experiences 2) clarification of the importance and tasks of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Workshop Leader Skills Training Program.