Nurturing Upcoming Artists with Potentially Global Appeal

Grants and Support

  • Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists

    The Agency for Cultural Affairs launched the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists to offer upcoming artists involved in the fine arts, music, dance, drama, film, stage art, or media arts opportunities for overseas training at universities, art institutions, and other practical training designed for artists. This program has helped 3,255 awardees study abroad for one year, two years, three years, 80 days ('special period'), 20 to 40 days ('short term'), or 350 days (for senior high school students) by the end of FY 2014. (The program was offered under a different name, "Artist Overseas Training" program from 1967 to the end of 2001.)

  • Program for Nurturing Upcoming Artists who lead the next generation

    The Agency provides practical opportunities for up-and-coming artists to improve their foundational skills and techniques in performances and exhibitions, and workshops and seminars where they can stimulate their creativity by acquiring knowledge and broadening their outlook, observations, and fields of activity. The program will ultimately cultivate the creativity of upcoming artists who have strong global prospects.

  • Program for Stage Performers Cooperation and Exchange

    This program aims to foster world-class performers and strengthen their ability to disseminate information about Japanese culture overseas, and further promote Japanese stage performance by encouraging exchange among Japanese and overseas stage performers, producers, art managers, and stage artists.

  • Program for Cultural and Art Promotion Utilizing Universities

    Art management based on highly-advanced expertise is a foundation for supporting diverse arts and culture activities. To build the practical capacity of people engaged in art management, the Agency provides support for the design and implementation of practical curricula, including performances and exhibitions by art universities, and ensures that such curricula will be widely recognized and utilized by other universities.

  • Student Development Program through Culture and the Arts

    This program ensures that children have opportunities to appreciate and experience quality culture and arts by offering touring performances by leading cultural and artistic groups at elementary and junior high schools, or by sending individual artists or small groups of artists to schools. Through planned/continual workshops, children develop rich creativity, imagination, mental capacity, and communication skills. The program invests in these activities to foster the promising artists and art appreciators of the future, and ultimately create distinguished culture and arts.

    • Touring performance

      Cultural and artistic groups selected by the Agency for Cultural Affairs perform at school gyms or cultural facilities.
      In order to ensure that joint performances with students are carried out effectively, the groups also visit schools and hold workshops about a month before each performance to teach dramatic or musical appreciation and provide technical training.

    • Dispatch of artists

      [School-based]
      Individual artists or small groups of artists are dispatched to elementary or junior high schools to offer lectures, demonstrations or practical lessons.

      [Suggested by NPOs]
      Individual artists or small groups of artists selected by NPOs under the commission of the national government provide lectures, demonstrations or practical lessons in the relevant fields at elementary or junior high schools. The NPOs understand schools' needs in cultural and artistic activities and liaise with the schools and the artists before making decisions on dispatches. Target fields are not limited to performing arts.

    • Improvement of communication skills

      [School-based] 
      Individual artists or small groups of artists are dispatched to elementary or junior high schools to offer planned/continual workshops using an artistic expression method.

      [Suggested by NPOs]
      Individual artists or small groups of artists selected by NPOs provide planned/continual workshops using an artistic expression method at an elementary or junior high school. The NPOs understand schools' needs regarding cultural and artistic activities, and liaise with the schools and the artists before making decisions on dispatches.

Contact

Arts and Culture Division, Cultural Affairs Department

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