SHIMBUN-SHA -The art club in after school and community-

Asahi Art Festival 2014

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In Ashio-cho in Nikko City in Tochigi, which used to be a prospered cooper mining town, children carry out art projects involving the community, adults and artists, through café projects and video projects.



Shinbunsya Project


This project began in 2010 when one artist renovated one of former newspaper delivery shops and made this space. It was named Shimbun-sha, which means “newspaper company.” People including children in the community were drawn to Shimbun-sha. No one knew the purpose or the future direction of this space. Children who came to Shimbun-sha had different ideas for this place such as; “I want to make it into a café,” or “I want to make it into a gathering space for everybody like a park.” The objectives were set that we want to draw tourists, ask other people in the community for the ideas how to use this space. It became like a project. Shimbun-sha, however, always reflected children’s and people’s ideas and was always changing its directions. Now, the focus is on its irregularly happening Café Project. We also do events where we dye cloths with local plants and make films. Children, adults, and artists are all in equal positions coming to this space.

2014 年度参加団体