Towada Oirase Art Project 2017

About This Project

The Towada Art Center has been dedicated to conversations with the community, constantly striving to be open to the city while, at the same time, opening up the city to new experiences. The Towada Oirase Art Project serves as a platform for a dialog between artists and residents. Interaction through research and production provides insight into regional issues and a place for local experimentation to find new possibilities.

Funded by

The Agency for Cultural Affairs

Language Training Seminar for Volunteer Guides


January 13 (Sat)
January 20 (Sat)
February 17 (Sat)
February 24 (Sat)
March 10 (Sat)


1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.





10 people




Conversational English

How to Register

Please register by phone or e-mail.

Phone: 0176-20-1127

When e-mailing, please make the subject “Volunteer Guide Registration” and include your name, age, employer or association, and phone number.

When calling, pease ask for Narumi or Tsuchii.


Sunday, January 7, 2018


・We recommend that you attend all classes.
・Please bring pen and paper or a laptop.
・Please dress warmly.

Lecturer Profile

Alex Peter Queen
Born in Nebraska in 1988. Entered Eastern Washington University at 13, and became the school’s youngest lecturer at 17 while in graduate school. At 19, joined the JET Programme, again as its youngest participant, and moved to Mutsu, Aomori, before working for Keio University. Co-founded Queen & Co. with Michael Warren in 2016. Queen & Co. have developed a wide range of activities that center around translation, including digital asset management, systems development, and digital media production.

Michael Jason Warren
Born in Minnesota in 1984. Graduated from UCLA in 2009. Joined the JET Programme and moved to Gonohe, Aomori, before working for Keio University. Founded the Gonohe Music Festival in 2013. Co-founded Queen & Co. with Alex Queen in 2016. Along with the Gonohe Music Festival, his work in Queen & Co. focuses on supporting Aomori Prefecture.

Towada Review Map

Our Little Museum


Shoyo Elementary School
・Monday, November 20, 2017 – Saturday, November 25, 2017
・10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday)
・Closed Thursday, November 23

・Saturday, November 25, 2017 – Saturday, December 23, 2017
・Saturdays and Sundays (occasional weekdays)
・10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
・Closed Mondays




Shoyo Elementary School
Sadoro 14-161, Hattozawa, Towada, Aomori 034-0105
Shoyo Elementary School Map

14-54 Inaoicho, Towada, Aomori 034-0011
14-54 Map


Towada Oirase Art Project (Towada Art Center)
Phone: 0176-20-1127
Fax: 0176-20-1138

Report (October 23-24)

First two days of workshops with photographer Masanori Ikeda. On October 23, students brainstormed and thought about their favorite things and their most memorable places at school. On October 24, students photographed their favorite places and artworks with a film camera during their first visit to the Towada Art Center.

With two more days of workshops left, we are looking forward to what the students will create.

Report (October 30-31)

Last two days of workshops with photographer Masanori Ikeda. On October 30, students created their own original stories set at the museum and made costumes for the main character, whom they themselves would portray. On October 31, Ikeda photographed the students acting out a scene from their story.

Students also shared their thoughts on the whole experience in words and pictures, which are also on display. We hope you will come and take a look at their little museum.


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