Kyoto Experiment × Open Network for Performing Arts Managers (ON-PAM)

Symposium: Life Planning for People in the Arts – Employment, Childrearing, Work-Life Balance 

Following on from the discussion during a group meeting on childrearing and performing arts production work at TPAM in Yokohama 2018, this symposium considers sustainable systems and ways of working through perspectives that also incorporate management viewpoints.

PART 1 Don’t Give Up Achieving Compatibility: Advanced Models of Work-Life Balance 

Tomoko Kitamura (Managing Director, Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka)
Ko Aki (Executive Director, NPO Nobel)
Tomoaki Nakao (Niigata City Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation RYUTOPIA Business Planning Department Music Planning Division)

Mariko Tsukaguchi (Executive Director, Open Network for Performing Arts Management)

Yusuke Hashimoto (Program Director, ROHM Theater Kyoto / KYOTO EXPERIMENT & President, Open Network for Performing Arts Managers)

PART 2 Reviewing Previous Approaches: Realizing Diverse Working Styles

Michiko Kameishi (Lawyer, eclat Umeda)
Akiyoshi Watae (Representative Director, Platform for Arts and Creativity)

Tomoharu Hara (Manager, Kyoto City Cultural Property Protection Division)

Yusuke Hashimoto (Program Director, ROHM Theater Kyoto / KYOTO EXPERIMENT & President, Open Network for Performing Arts Managers)

Conference Room 1, ROHM Theatre Kyoto

Tomoko Kitamura

Managing Director, Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka. Born in Kanagawa, Tomoko Kitamura completed graduate studies in applied musicology at Tokyo University of the Arts, before working for the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts from 2002 to 2008. In 2009, she joined Chishima Real Estate, where she has worked on regional creativity and CSR projects such as the Kitakagaya Creative Village Project and the Rubber Duck Project that attempt to redevelop areas through art activities. She supervised the establishment of the Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka and continues to oversee its management.

Aki Ko

After completing studies at the graduate school of Kwansei Gakuin University in 2003, Aki Ko worked at JTB Corporation and Recruit HR Marketing. From her colleagues she learned about the difficulty of balancing childrearing with work, and the issue of day care for sick children. She trained at the nonprofit Florence and then established Nobel, which started the first “integrated insurance” day care service in the Kansai region for sick children from February 2010. Aspiring for a society in which it is perfectly normal for women to continue their careers even after giving birth, it works in partnership with government bodies and develops support for single parents. In the past nine years, more than 2,000 people have registered for its services and it has provided over 9,000 cases of child care.

Tomoaki Nakao

Born in Yokohama in 1977, Tomoaki Nakao graduated from music college and then worked at the Nagaoka City Foundation for Art and Culture Promotion from April 1999 to March 2001. Since April 2001, he has worked at the Niigata City Art and Culture Promotion Foundation, serving as part of the music planning team for Ryutopia Niigata City Performing Arts Center, and helping to organize and produce music concerts as well as youth programs such as the Niigata City Junior Choir. He is father to a five-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. When his daughter was born, he took paternity leave for approximately six months.

Mariko Tsukaguchi

Secretary General, Open Network for Performing Arts Management (ON-PAM). After graduating university, Mariko Tsukaguchi worked for a manufacturer before joining Point Tokyo in 2002, where she worked as a production assistant for theater and dance. From 2006 to 2017, she worked on developing international platforms as a TPAM in Yokohama program officer for Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication (PARC). In 2009, she stayed in Edinburgh and London on an Agency for Cultural Affairs grant from the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists.

Michiko Kameishi

Head Lawyer, eclat Umeda. After graduating from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, Michiko Kameishi worked at a telecommunications company and then studied law at Osaka City University. Qualifying as a lawyer in 2009, she joined a law firm and worked on more than 200 criminal cases over six years. She has represented several prominent legal cases, including a prosecution for violation of the club entertainment business law (the so-called “anti-dancing law”) and an illegal GPS search case. She established her own law firm, eclat Umeda, in 2016. Its name derives from the French word éclat, meaning “radiance” or “splendor.” Harnessing her perspective and attention to detail as a female lawyer, she specializes in divorce cases and other legal problems between men and women.

Akiyoshi Watae

Executive Director, Platform for Arts and Creativity
Akiyoshi Watae was a government and private sector consultant at Nomura Research Institute from 2006 until 2016. He provides consulting services on cultural and industry policy as well as cultural organization management for national and regional government bodies. His numerous projects for the Agency for Cultural Affairs include a survey of distinctive initiatives by theaters and concert halls, an investigation into the spread of pro bono art activities, a survey of social contribution activities by professionals at cultural organizations, and research on examples of arts and culture that contribute to solving social issues.

Tomoharu Hara

Born in 1980 in Kyoto, Tomoharu Hara is head of cultural property preservation management at Kyoto City. He graduated from Kyoto University’s Faculty of Engineering with a degree in electrical and electronic engineering. He worked at a manufacturer and then became a civil servant for Kyoto City in 2007. From 2009, he was attached to the arts and culture planning division, helping to revise the Kyoto City of Arts and Culture Creation Plan as well as overseeing Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival and “Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition.” He has served in his current position since December 2017. He also teaches art management theory at Kyoto Seika University.

Yusuke Hashimoto

Born in Fukuoka in 1976, Yusuke Hashimoto is the program director of Kyoto Experiment and ROHM Theatre Kyoto. He started his career in theater from 1997 while studying at Kyoto University. He established his own production office in 2003 and was involved in planning and producing contemporary theater and dance, including Kyoto Art Center’s Theater Project program. From 2010, he has been program director of Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival, responsible for planning and programming the festival. He has served as president of ON-PAM since February 2013 and, since January 2014, as program director of ROHM Theatre Kyoto.