The Towada Art Center, which opened in 2008 to promote new experiences through art, celebrated its tenth anniversary in April 2018. Throughout 2018-2019, the museum has held a number of special commemorative events to thank all of the people who have supported the museum over the last ten years. And in 2020, we will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Arts Towada Project, a city-wide initiative promoted by Towada to fill the city center with art.
As the museum enters its second decade, we are committed to showcasing the latest in contemporary art from both Japan and around the world and will continue to create opportunities for our guests to enjoy new experiences here at the Towada Art Center.
Do Ho Suh: Passage/s
Solo Museum Exhibition by Do Ho Suh, World-Renowned Leader of Asian Art
Dates: Saturday 2 June – Sunday 14 October 2018
The museum brought Sanbongi Kouta Night brought back after a four-year hiatus. Together with local cafés and restaurants, Towada residents gathered to dance in a big circle, creating an enchanting summer night festival.
Date: Saturday 25 August 2019 18:00–20:00
Location: Towada Art Center Art Square
Talk by Ryuei Nishizawa: “How Architecture Shapes the City” (Japanese)
The museum presented a special talk by Towada Art Center architect Ryuei Nishizawa. He spoke about the effects that art can have on cities and local communities, highlighting some of the museums and community facilities that he has designed.
Saturday 28 April 2018 14:00–16:00
Location: Towada Civic Cultural Center
Organized by: City of Towada, Towada City Board of Education
Open Music Square Monthly Concert Series
The museum hosted a monthly concert series in the Cube to highlight the variety of musical talent in Towada. A total of 10 groups captivated large audiences of all ages, performing a wide range of music, from Japanese oldies to classical compositions.
Letters from Children
Every year the museum is visited by many children from nurseries and grade schools in Towada. Over the years, the museum has received many wonderful thank you letters from those children, who have written about the things they experienced here. Their unique perspectives and honest commentary are so heartwarming that we have compiled them in an online gallery where we can share them with the world.
Published: Friday 22 February 2019
Art and its many expressions are the perfect way for families of all shapes and sizes to connect with each other. To encourage art appreciation and critical thinking, the museum presented special Family Tickets to every elementary school student in Towada so that they can come and enjoy the museum together with their families.
A Mini Tour of The Pianos of Towada (Japanese)
This project was designed to shed light on daily life in Towada and propose a new kind of local tourism. The museum invited composer Makoto Nomura to perform a number of small improvisational concerts on several different pianos throughout Towada. Nomura made eight stops over two days, performing in private homes, a church, and even a nursery school, his original compositions highlighting the charm and character of each location.
Dates: Tuesday 5 March – Wednesday 6 March 2019
Video: Kazuya Ishikawa
The Shopping Arcade & The Museum (Japanese)
We have commissioned a number of restaurants and cafés to create museum-inspired menu items to celebrate the last 10 years of collaboration between local businesses and the museum. Plenty of new and exciting ideas came about by discussing past projects with store owners and residents of Towada’s shopping arcade, and this project has encouraged visitors to the museum to venture out into the shopping arcade, strengthening the connection between the two.
Dates: Monday 1 April – Saturday 31 August 2019
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Jul 21st, 2018 11:30 - Mar 16th, 2019 12:00
Mar 5th, 2019 12:10 - Mar 6th, 15:30