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Maejima Art Center
Takasago Bldg. 3-16-2 Maejima
900-0016 Naha, Okinawa
Japan

pho. 098-863-0244
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Maejima Art Center

The Maejima Art Center is a Japanese government accredited Non-Profit-Organization that was established in 2001. Its main objective is to nurture contemporary art in Okinawa, to provide Okinawan artists with an environment in which they can create and show their art works and to support the linking of Okinawa’s art scene with art scenes in Japan and abroad.
Being located in one of the central districts of Okinawa’s capital Naha that has experienced rapid decay over the past years, the Maejima Art Center also emphasizes close communication and interaction with the community and sees its role in introducing new ideas to the process of urban development.
One of Maejima Art Center’s main biennial activities is 'wanakio', an international collaboration project of artists, art curators, architects, town planners, inhabitants and local authorities aiming at revitalizing Okinawa’s contemporary cultural environment. The title “wanakio” results from reading the Japanese “Hiragana” syllabary of “O_ki_na_wa” vice versa and hints at wanakio’s strategy. Starting from a careful reading of the urban and social environment art and design projects are created in a direct interaction and communication process from within the urban reality.
Other activities of the Maejima Art Center include the organization of art workshops, especially focused on children and local residents, as well as a variety of art related events including concerts, artist talks, video screenings.

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