“3331 Arts Chiyoda” was created by renovating the old Rensei Junior High School in Chiyoda-Ku. It started in 2010 as “a place to present new culture and artistic expressions.” Since its opening, the place has been used to host exhibitions and talk events by leading artists as well as workshops that anyone can casually participate in to interact with art.
At the moment, the rooms on five floors from the basement to the rooftop are used for various purposes including art galleries, rental spaces, multi-purpose community space, a café, the shop that sells original items and offices.
The unique thing about this art center is that it promotes the concepts of “community-based activities” and “voluntary and sustainable support to revitalize local communities.” During the day, mothers with a stroller often visit the community space and “resting room for parents and children” while many children come in the afternoon to do their homework.
At the beginning, artists took the lead in creating new things and experimenting with new expressions, but as the people in the community became more involved, there are more diversified artistic expressions and activities that citizens take part in. Now, the art center is involved in community festivals and local events such as Kanda Matsuri.
3331 Arts Chiyoda organizes five main events throughout a year where they actively engage in art events and projects that promote new ways of expressions and contemporary artists’ works. “TRANS ARTS TOKYO”, organized by an affiliated organization of 3331 Arts Chiyoda called “Command N”, is held every fall in the neighborhood of Kanda. The whole neighborhood turns into a stage for art, and various exhibitions and events are held. The northeastern part of central Tokyo that stretches from Kanda and Akihabara to Yanesen district is also known as “UP TOKYO.” 3331 Arts Chiyoda is planning to engage vigorously in community-based events in this area.
“By combining local activities and public facilities with art, local communities can be more fascinating.” With this belief, “3331 Arts Chiyoda” explores new ways of expressions. Please look forward to their future activities.
Nov 2016 Text: Ryoko Kuraishi Photo: Yasuo Yamaguchi