Since the university’s foundation and as the only national arts university in Japan, Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai) has provided unsurpassed education and research opportunities, and has played a leading role in the continuing development of art and culture in Japan through extensive and various artistic activities and social practices both in Japan and overseas.
In recent years, Tokyo Geidai has been the only art university chosen to become a “Top Global University” and a “COI” (Center of Innovation) Site. Moreover, while further enhancing international education and research, we have been promoting social innovation based on the infinite possibilities of art by developing initiatives focusing on the integration of art with different fields such as science, medicine, welfare, etc. These efforts are highly recognized by the Japanese government, and the university has thus established its position as a center for implementing key national strategies.
Now that the Tokyo Olympics are approaching, we regard the year 2020 as a historic turning point, where Japan is presented a great opportunity to showcase its art and culture on the world stage. To coincide with this opportunity, Tokyo Geidai has been promoting the “I LOVE YOU” project, through which we aim to express the importance of the role that art plays as the foundation of society and its power to create new values, connecting all fields of society.
In a future world where science and technology will have advanced even further and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots pervade our daily lives, art will become more important than ever as a source that enriches our lives. Furthermore, it can play a central role in innovation, revitalization of communities, globalization, etc., which can contribute to the development or improvement of many aspects of society. In this sense, art has the ability to help resolve various social issues, from small familiar problems to global challenges.
The goal of the “I LOVE YOU” project is to show such power of art both in Japan and overseas through the implementation of a variety of activities that engage a wide range of participants, from students to faculty and staff. The outcomes of the project will be shared with industry, local governments, and organizations overseas so that further collaboration can take place. Ultimately, it aims to expand the role and possibilities of art in society as well as opportunities for graduates of our university where they can play an active role.
Tokyo Geidai is an internationally unique arts university that offers programs not only in fine arts and music, but also in film and new media, and art management as part of global arts studies. As “a wellspring of creativity that can change the world”, the university, alongside the faculty staff and administrators, will continue efforts to nurture the next generation of outstanding artists, to promote the power of Japanese art and culture and to contribute towards the global development of art through a close collaboration with relevant organizations including the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, thereby allowing the university to maximize its capabilities and values.
Tokyo University of the Arts
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