AIP JAPAN | MAY 11-24, 2020

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Location: Tokyo/Ishinomaki, Japan

Program: Art & Design Workshops and Residency

Dates: May 11-24, 2020


Dream and create with the local artists and community builders behind the resurgence of Ishinomaki--a coastal city in the midst of rebuilding itself in the wake of deindustrialization and the 2011 Great East Japan tsunami. 


In this course, we will study a variety of artistic forms (both traditional & modern), get to know the artists who practice them, and reflect on how art functions in communities undergoing rapid demographic, social, and economic change. Along the way, we’ll take group excursions to appreciate Ishinomaki’s lush forests, scenic islands, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.


Ishinomaki is a quiet regional city perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the major legacy cities of Japan’s northeastern “Tohoku” region. Given its proximity to the ocean and vast farmlands, the city is internationally-renowned for its fresh seafood and sake. Despite suffering immensely at the hands of deindustrialization, suburban flight, and the 2011 tsunami, Ishinomaki has emerged over the past several years as a haven for artists, makers, and builders of all stripes. 

We will stay at a local hotel in downtown Ishinomaki, in walking distance of the train station, restaurants, grocery stores, and retail. Most workshops and our shared study/studio space are also within a 10 minute walk of the hotel. The banks of the Kitakami River, a park overlooking the Pacific coast, and countless coffee shops offer space for reflection and creativity throughout the day.

  • 14 days of homestay & hotel accommodations (based on group occupancy) *Rooms are shared with other guests unless you request and pay for a private room.

  • Airport Pickup and Drop-off for arrival and return flights. [Flight not included in price.]

  • Shared study & studio workspace

  • Lectures, Presentations, and Workshops

  • Breakfast and 4 group dinners

  • International Health Insurance 

  • Travel Guide & Interpreter 

  • Course Credit if approved by your University.


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