National Taiwan University of Arts
Embodiment of the social strategies for Arts University - Taiwan-Japan Arts University International Friendly League Forum
- Imagination of future inter-college cooperation - Friendship Art Alliance
- Innovative Attempts for Breakthroughs - Social Engagement in the Arts
The ” Taiwan-Japan Arts University International Friendly League Forum, ” initiated by the National Taiwan University of Arts (hereinafter referred to as NTUA), was officially held at 7 pm on Friday, October 29th. The Office of International Affairs of NTUA invited President Izumi Hatano of Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, President Yamazaki Tsuyoshi and Vice President Ishida Yosuke of Kanazawa College of Art, and Special Associate Professor Tatsuya ITO of Tokyo University of the Arts to have a hybrid forum on international higher art education in Asia.
Imagination of future inter-college cooperation – Friendship Art Alliance
President Chen, Chih-Cheng of NTUA has long advocated that the international alliance should adapt to the new international trends and expand its new horizons. With the theme “How do Universities of Arts Operate?” the friendship Art Alliance presented numerous important initiatives for art universities in new era and generation, as well as the core issues of inter-college exhibition exchange, co-production of performance programs, and outreach cooperation among art museums.
The special guest of this forum, Dr. Nicole Yen-Yi Lee, the director of Department of International and Cross-strait Education of the Ministry of Education, indicated that internationalization has always been the focus to promote innovative education in Taiwan. It is commendable to continue the international exchanges and initiate a new model of dialogue with partner schools during the epidemic of Covid-19. Prof. Chen, Chih- Cheng introduced cultural governance from the perspective of the system, field, and plans for transnational collaboration, and put forward the prospects for future cooperation.
Innovative Attempts for Breakthroughs – Social Engagement in the Arts
First of all, Prof. Izumi Hatano, President of Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts (hereinafter referred to as OPUA) shared the Asian International Exhibition “HAIKU－Sculpture 2021” which was jointly organized by NTUA and OPUA, the exhibition’s historical evolution and international strategy. Furthermore, he concluded that the inspiration of international mutual encouragement is more significant than personal accumulation.
Prof. Yamazaki Tsuyoshi, President of Kanazawa College of Art, demonstrated the school’s new campus planning and art museum project. He also shared with us how the development of design at Kanazawa College of Art is an all-around and interdisciplinary model from the perspectives of heritage, cultural trends, and social issues. Moreover, Prof. Ishida Yosuke, Vice President of Kanazawa College of Art introduced the biennial “Kanazawa Sculpture Festival” which is normally held not only on the campus but in the entire city of Kanazawa.
Lastly, Professor Tatsuya ITO from Tokyo University of the Arts shared their quite successful “Tobira project,” which is a collaboration project between Tokyo University of the Arts and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Tobira means “art communicator” in Japanese, this project aims to achieve the ideal of art community through people-to-people communication in art universities and art museums.
At the end of this hybrid forum, the host, Prof. Chen, Kuang-Yi, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, and Prof. Chen, Chih-Cheng, made a comprehensive conclusion. Through these professional perspectives, we understand that today’s art universities are not only an educational institution, but an intensive social engagement to extend to cities and blossom with the intervention of cultural shifts.