Community building in Echigo-Tsumari is happening throughout in between years of the festival. Through collaborations and co-operations with diverse partners including local people, artists, kohebi members, organisations and companies, we continue to present the charm of this region throughout the year.
▼Echigo-Tsumari Forest School
”Echigo-Tsumari Forest School” began after the 3.11 disaster in order to reach out and connect to people and children in Tohoku region. Children from Tohoku are joined by those who are from big cities, learn and play together from participating artists of the Triennale or professionals from diverse fields such as art, sports, agriculture and local festivals.
※Program varies every time. Please visit event page under the category “forest school”for updates.
We run special program for summer and winter including special exhibitions at hubs, workshop by artist, and performances. Special viewing of the existing artworks from previous triennales will be arranged. For summer you can enjoy visiting these artworks and local festivals whereas in winter you will be amazed by a completely different landscape covered by snow and enjoy snow art, fireworks, and playing sports.
▼Exhibitions at Hubs
Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art / KINARE, Matsudai Nohbutai, Museum of Picture Book Art, Kyororo are hub facility of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field and run special exhibitions in addition to their permanent collections. These special exhibitions highlight characters of the region and offer visitors to participate in workshop and events.
▼Projects at Abandoned Houses, Closed Schools and Villages
Due to rapid ageing and depopulations as a result of Chuetsu Earthquake, houses which have been the core to the local culture or schools which have been the centre of the community have become vacant as well as on increase. We aim to appreciate local cultural landscape and pass on wisdoms and memories of these places through art. There has been almost 100 projects involving individuals, schools, cultural institutions and corporations,
Born in 2006, Ubusuna House runs event to enjoy freshly harvested rice and tea ceremony whereas picking up morning glory at “The Day After Tomorrow Newsp Paper Cultural Department“（2003）has become regular event of the local village. NIhon University, the artist who made “Shedding House”（2006）not only participate in planning and playing of sports day and local festival of the region but also looking after rice field which had lost owners for long time. There are other local rituals such as summer festivals, harvest festivals and new year ceremony and we have been enjoying to engage with the region involving artists, kohebi members, supporters from locals as well as visitors from elsewhere with.