AAF2012 Network Conference
To open the way to the future of local communities
AAF, which encourages connection between art and society, is highly sensitive to changes of the times and the society. Especially, we have to focus and work on recent monotonous life styles, collapsed local communities and exhausted localities. Art has a power to develop creativities needed to rejuvenate local communities as it intuitively sees through to the heart of such issues, finds forgotten potentials and recovers disconnected ties among people. AAF will undertake a role to open the way to the future of local communities by utilizing its cultivated personnel and interregional network.
From AAF to AAF Network!
A network, the greatest value
Asahi Art Festival (AAF) Executive Committee has hosted “Asahi Art Festival” every summer with a characteristic of open organizational operation on the initiative of citizens. In the history of 11 years, participated citizens, citizen groups and art NPOs have fostered a network with firm ties through discussions and cooperation. At the support to areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the network flexibly and promptly went into action, which made us share the fact that the network is the greatest value of AAF.
To AAF Network Executive Committee
Considering these backdrops, AAF Executive Committee decided to change the title from Asahi Art Festival Executive Committee to “AAF Network Executive Committee”, aiming not just activities to hold “Asahi Art Festival”, but also actions to make further development can be taken through dialogues by flexibly changing its own form and enlisting participation from various parties.
The Executive Committee’s main activities
AAF Network Executive Committee once-yearly holds Asahi Art Festival as its main activities. In addition, it offers a wide range of projects all year-round as follows:
•Open schools (AAF schools)
•Activities to expand the network to the world (AAF World Network)
•Activities to promote new encounters and deep discussions among participants (AAF Café)
•Activities to record the past activities and look toward the future (The 10th Anniversary Book Project and The Archive Project)
Besides them, a new project can be launched with approval of the Executive Committee. Also, participants of each project will share all the information through mailing lists.
For a wide variety of activities
AAF Network is activities aiming to arouse a huge ground swell in local areas and people living there by creating a network among citizens in groups or on their own, who try to reveal social issues and change the local communities through art. Anyone who supports this purpose can join the network. We hope many people will be joining us!