TOKYO METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUMS & Tokyo University of the Arts Tobira Project

Team

Sawako INANIWA Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, The Chief of Education and Public Programs

Sawako INANIWA

Curator / Chief of Learning and Public Projects
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Born 1972 in Yokohama. Inaniwa acquired her M.A. in Art History at Aoyama Gakuin University, and a second M.A. in Museum Studies at the University College London. She further involved herself in organizing exhibitions and programs in collaboration with local communities and schools through her position at The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura and Hayama. In 2011, she started working at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum as Chief of Learning and Public Projects and curator. She is co-author to “New Museum Practice in Asia” edited by Caroline Lang and John Reeve (2018,Lund Humphries Pub Ltd).

Yumi KONO Assistant Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Yumi KONO

Assistant Curator,
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

After experiences in the section of the organizing Public-Entry exhibitions, Kono became a member of the Education and Public Programs team in 2013. Within the Tobira Project, she primarily works on the Course on Architecture and on the Course on Art Appreciation.

Kazumi KUMAGAI Assistant Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Kazumi KUMAGAI

Assistant Curator,
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

After ten years of work in the private sector, Kumagai went on to acquire her curatorial qualifications, and joined the team in 2013. Within Education and Public Programs, she coordinates art appreciation classes with schools through “iUeno School Programs”, which aim to enrich children’s first visits to museums.

Chikako SUZUKI Program Officer, Museum Start i-Ueno, Project Research Associate, Tokyo University of the Arts

Chikako SUZUKI

Program Officer, Museum Start i-Ueno, Project Research Associate,
Tokyo University of the Arts

Suzuki joined the team in 2015 after working at The Museum of Modern Art, Kanagawa and Hayama. As a university student, she enjoyed volunteer work that allowed her to share with others the pleasure of making things with one’s own hands through the art of printmaking. She works to ensure that the museum is “a place where everyone feels comfortable and secure.”

Katsuhiko HIBINO Director,Tobira Project / Artist / Professor, School of Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts

Katsuhiko HIBINO

Director,Tobira Project / Artist / Professor, School of Arts,
Tokyo University of the Arts

Beyond the works of art that he creates on his own, Hibino conducts workshops designed to produce art in collaboration with others, often incorporating unique characteristics of the local in which the work is generated. While focusing on the receptiveness of the recipient, he creates pieces that explore the function of art within society. Currently, he has a number of works in progress across Japan.

Tatsuya ITO Manager, Tobira Project and Museum Start i-Ueno / Project Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts

Tatsuya ITO

Project Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts / Manager, Tobira Project and Museum Start
i-Ueno

Born in 1975 in Nishiaizu, Fukushima Prefecture. He earned his doctoral degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in fine art education. He has been involved in the planning of diverse cultural programs, and has directed social art projects. Co-authored works include TOKYO 1/4 ga Teian suru Tokyo Bunka Shigenku no Arukikata (“A Walking Guide to the Tokyo Cultural Heritage District – As Proposed by TOKYO 1/4”; pub. Bensei Publishing) and Myujiamu ga Shakai wo Kaeru (“Museums Changing Society: Creating New Communities Through Culture”; pub. Gendaikikakushitsu Publishers).

Iku OTANI Coordinator, Tobira Project,Project Research Associate, Tokyo University of the Arts

Iku OTANI

Coordinator, Tobira Project,Project Research Associate,
Tokyo University of the Arts

Otani graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Inter Media Art in 2014. She assumed her current post after working as a project assistant for three years. Since as a university student, she has been administratively involved with a number of art projects and events, with a special focus on interdisciplinary human connections.

Sakura KOSHIKAWA Coordinator, Tobira Project,Project Research Associate, Tokyo University of the Arts

Sakura KOSHIKAWA

Coordinator, Tobira Project,Project Research Associate,
Tokyo University of the Arts

Koshikawa graduated from the Musashino Art University, Department of Oil Painting. Participated in the Tobira Project from 2012 as the first “Tobira”. After working as a school comprehensive supporter at the Setagaya Ward Board of Education and coordinator of the NPO Art Resource Development Organization (ARDA), she joined the Tobira Project Coordinator. Director of the Appreciate Approach.

Yuko WATANABE Program Officer, Museum Start i-Ueno

Yuko WATANABE

Program Officer, Museum Start i-Ueno

After finishing Ph.D. in education at Tohoku University, Watanabe assumed her new position as a program officer in this project from 2016. She researches visitor’s learning process in art museums, and explores appropriate frameworks for education practices in a field.

Project Adviser

Yoshiaki NISHIMURA Adviser/ Planning director/Representative director of Living World

Yoshiaki NISHIMURA

Adviser/ Planning director/Representative director of Living World

Nishimura’s work falls within three categories: creating, writing, and teaching. Thanks to his prior work in the field of architecture, he has planned and directed various design projects, such as building websites, creating museum installations, and installing media in public spaces. His books include Jibun no Shigoto wo Tsukuru [Making Your Own Job] (Shobun-sha), and Kakawari-kata no Manabi-kata [How to Learn How to Connect] (Chikumashobo Ltd).

Tsukasa MORI Adviser / Director, Tokyo Art Point Project,Arts Council Tokyo

Tsukasa MORI

Adviser / Director, Tokyo Art Point Project,Arts Council Tokyo

Mori is the Director of “Tokyo Artpoint Project”, an initiative that articulates and disseminates the many charms of the city of Tokyo by connecting the city’s citizens, neighborhoods, and activities together through art. By working collaboratively with organizations in a variety of fields, he has realized a number of art programs in which artists and townspeople work together.