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Holding of an open symposium "Creative Dialogue and Commitment to the Environment"


Tokyo Wonder Site is an art center that provides a forum for projects and activities that examine the issue of how artists and creators can get involved with the various challenges faced by the modern society. In FY2009, we will put the spotlight on environmental issues, and carry out a project transcending across the fields of environment, art and education. The project will comprise exhibitions and collaborative studio programs (workshops) with the environment as the main theme. Amid growing concerns over the climate change crisis caused by global warming, this project will tackle a myriad of issues, including how individuals engaged in art and culture can get involved with environmental problems, what sort of contributions they can make, and how they should communicate these issues to young people, who will lead the next generation.

As part of this project and the Tokyo Culture Creation Project, we will hold an open symposium as outlined below. The symposium will feature lectures by experts who will address the most up-to-date environmental issues, as well as reports on diverse activities that combine art and environment and are implemented using drifted waste. Through this symposium we will tackle the issues of art and environment from both global and local perspectives.


1. Open Symposium "Creative Dialogue and Commitment to the Environment" 
 (1) Date:  July 31, 2009 (Friday) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
 (2) Venue: U Thant International Conference Hall,

       United Nations University (5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
 (3) Organizers: The Tokyo Metropolitan Government,

       Tokyo Wonder Site, and the Tokyo Culture Creation Project Office

       (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
 (4) Co-organizer: United Nations University
 (5) Cooperation: Shibuya Aoyama Landscape Formation


       NPO and Global Environment Information Centre (GEIC)
 (6) Supported by: Ministry of the Environment (planned)