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Cross Play Higashimatsuyama

Objective An artist-in-residence program has been established at “Rakuraku”, a day care center for seniors in Higashimatsuyama City, Saitama Prefecture, to provide a permanent artist-in-residence facility where artists can stay and create artwork. Through research, workshops, and artwork production by the artists, the program aims to create cultural exchange over the medium to long term with the elderly people who use the facility and its staff.
The artist-in-residence program is characterized by the fact that the artist's time naturally intersects with the time of the caregivers and nursing staff in the same place, creating two-way equal communication.
Organization activities Artists are invited under two types of programs “Associate Artists,” who are commissioned to create artworks, etc., and “Open Call Artists” who are invited each fiscal year to stay at the facility freely, taking advantage of its features.
The center also organizes stage performances, exhibitions, and other presentations of artwork, as well as community exchange projects, information exchange meetings among artists, and the dissemination of the results of their activities.
Founded in 2022
Background “Rakuraku” which opened in 2007, aims to be a place where people can continue to live culturally rich lives in their familiar neighborhoods even when they need nursing care or assistance due to illness or disability that comes with age. The company has also been involved in workshops on theater, dance, etc., as a more creative care practice through art.
In June 2022, upon relocation and new construction of the facility, a resident space was newly established in the facility based on the concept that a welfare facility for the elderly also has the function and role of a cultural facility.
Location / Environment Higashimatsuyama City, located in central Saitama Prefecture, is about an hour's train ride from central Tokyo and has long flourished as a transportation hub. The area surrounding “Rakuraku” is surrounded by countryside and cultural facilities such as the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels.
Contact Cross Play Higashimatsuyama Office
1574-1 Shimokarako, Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture 355-0076 Japan
TEL 050-5369-5637(bench Co.)
Contact Kenta Fujiwara

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On foot:
30 minute walk from Morinokoen Station on the Tobu Tojo Line

By bus:
10 minutes by city circulation bus from Higashimatsuyama Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. 5 minutes walk from Otsuka bus stop (one bus every one to two hours, not available on Sundays).

Open calls

Currently there is no program available for application.