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Symposium: The Future Relationship Between Corporations and the Arts

Talk event

10.16, 2019

In order to develop arts festivals more sustainably, what kind of relationship should the art world build with corporations? Drawing on various approaches by experienced practitioners, this symposium considers ways for assessing and evaluating art projects that are valid also for corporations, which operate according to logic and criteria very different from those in art.

Masao Katayama (President, The Saison Foundation / Chairman & Chair of Legal Committee, The Japan Association of Charitable Organizations)
Yoshikazu Shibakawa (President, Chishima Real Estate Co., Ltd. / Chairman, Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka)
Kozo Hiratake (Producer, KYOTO STEAM-International Arts x Science Festival-Executive Committee)
Facilitator: Yusuke Hashimoto


October 16th (Wed) 18:00-20:00


CEOmake KYOTO 2F, 251-2, Takeyano-cho, Karasuma Higashi-iru, Ayanokoji-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto Access: 3 minutes’ walk from exit 3 of Shijo Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line).

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Free (reservation required*)


Japanese only


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In co-operation with

Japan CEO Association

Presented by

KYOTO STEAM—International Arts x Science Festival—Executive Committee, Kyoto Experiment


Masao Katayama

Born in 1958, Masao Katayama worked for the cultural enterprises section of Seibu Department Stores before joining The Saison Foundation in 1989 as secretariat manager. From 2003, he served as managing director. In 2018, he took up his current role as president of the foundation. Between 1994 and 1995, he conducted research evaluating the programming of nonprofits as a senior fellow of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies in the United States. Alongside teaching part-time at Keio University and elsewhere, he also serves as president of the Japan Center for NPO Evaluation, a director of the Japan Foundation Center and Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning, and a board member of Arts Council Tokyo. His writings include The Endeavors of The Saison Foundation.

Yoshikazu Shibakawa

Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1948, Yoshikazu Shibakawa graduated with a degree in economics from Keio University. In 1980, he joined Chishima Real Estate and was appointed president and representative director in 2005. Alongside its business operations leasing land and buildings as well as aircraft, Chishima Real Estate is actively involved with community development in the areas where it owns property. In 2011, it marked its 100th anniversary with the establishment of the Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka to support arts and cultural initiatives in Osaka through providing subsidy and a base for creative activities.

Kozo Hiratake

Along with establishing the executive committee in June 2018, Kozo Hiratake serves as the producer for KYOTO STEAM – International Arts x Science Festival. Involved with cultural administration in the city of Kyoto for twelve years since 2007, he played a leading part in the renovation of Kyoto Kaikan from the initial stages through to its eventually reopening as ROHM Theatre Kyoto. While continuing to take a central role in Kyoto’s cultural administration, he also works widely elsewhere, including publishing a book on local government cultural policy.