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Objective "Inclusive Artist-in-Residence" is a program that promotes the creation of communities where everyone can participate in cultural activities through artistic endeavors. It adopts a style where artists stay near the Seto Inland Sea and commute to a disability welfare facility in Okayama City. By experiencing both the scenic beauty of the Seto Inland Sea and the cultural diversity of Okayama City, the program aims to revitalize the city with a new perspective through the creation of artworks that overflow with "art and culture" and "diversity." Artists are invited without restrictions based on disabilities, race, age, gender, or nationality. During their stay, they receive support for creative activities, and various exchange programs such as workshops, performances, and exhibitions are held to provide participants with diverse opportunities for artistic experiences.
Organization activities -Artist-in-Residence
-Self-organized projects such as exhibitions, lively talk shows, workshops for children, and events.
Founded in Pre-project starts from April 2023.
Open call for participation starts from July 2023.
Main project starts from October 2023.
Background In 2014, "Arigato Farm" was established in the Kita Ward of Okayama City as a place for people with disabilities to work, with a focus on art and service industries. In 2020, "HUB Lab." was created within the same facility with the aim of practicing inclusive education through the medium of art and fostering creativity and human connections. Operating as "HUB Lab. kids," an idea experimentation lab where approximately 700 elementary school students gather annually, the goal is for artists to exist in the city as naturally as the air, and for a culture of diverse perspectives in arts and culture to take root and flourish. Starting from 2023, "HUB Lab. AIR" will begin its activities with this purpose in mind.
Location / Environment The Omotecho Shopping Street in Okayama City has a history that dates back to the Edo period. Located near Korakuen Garden, it is one of the cultural areas where art museums, theaters, and concert halls gather. Within this shopping street, there is a welfare facility called "Arigato Farm," where 120 individuals with diverse disabilities work. Among them, 40 members engage in creative activities.

The accommodation is UNO HOTEL, located in the Uno area overlooking the Seto Inland Sea. It is situated right next to Uno Port, which prospered as a ferry port connecting Shikoku and Honshu, and is the closest port to Naoshima Island. The hotel's interior displays art and promotes an environment where people from all backgrounds can thrive. It serves as a "departure" point where people from various countries and cultures stay as a base for their island travels.

You will be able to travel between the scenic views of the Seto Inland Sea and the cultural hub of Okayama City.
Contact ArigatouFarm
3-7-5Omotecho, Kitaku, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture 700-8022 Japan
TEL: 086-953-4446
FAX: 086-953-4442
Contact: Baba, Fukaya

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Arigatou Farm:
Approximately 15 minutes on foot from Okayama Station.
Approximately 3 minutes on foot from Tenmaya Bus Station.
Approximately 1 minute on foot from JR Uno-Minato Line's "Uno Station."
Approximately 3 minutes on foot from "Uno Port Ferry Terminal."

Open calls

Currently there is no program available for application.