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Challenge of ST spot Yokohama that started from small theater!

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The scene where a play is born
File.9   ST spot Yokohama
Koichi Imai (editing writer)

Did you know that there is a small theater called "ST Spot" in the basement of a building in the west exit of Yokohama Station. More than 30 years since opening. We have produced many artists so far, led by Toshiki Okada (Chelfitsch), a world-renowned playwright and director.
The theater is operated by "NPO ST Spot Yokohama". With the mission of "utilizing the power of art in modern society," we are carrying out a wide range of activities in collaboration with Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City, and others. This time, let's focus on that little-known activity.

The ST Spot is operated by a voluntary organization "ST Spot Management Committee" organized by citizen volunteers in 1987. In 2004, we became a non-profit organization as "ST Spot Yokohama" and have expanded the range of activities.

"While developing various artists was widely pervaded in the artist community, it was hardly known to the community. In the coming era, I thought that connection with the community was important. The mission was to "utilize the power of art in modern society" as an organization that not only manages the theater but also trials art in the region. "(Chairman Tomoki Ogawa)

Challenge of ST spot Yokohama that started from small theater!

While the operating funds were scarce, we focused on the Kanagawa Voluntary Activity Promotion Fund 21, a collaborative project between Kanagawa Prefecture and an NPO. "Building new educational activities that utilize artWe offered a "business" and held a "delivery class" to send artists of various genres to the school. He says he has learned to work with a wide range of people in five years.
Since then, this project has been continued as a “Yokohama City Arts and Culture Education Platform” through collaboration with Yokohama City.

“Since there were about 20 collaborative projects with Kanagawa Prefecture, we contacted all the schools and asked for their requests and matched the artists. We also accompanied them on the day. It was a dense and fun time. , We are not able to expand our activities by ourselves.Therefore, we asked local halls, special museums (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama Minatomirai Hall, Yokohama Museum of Art), art NPOs, etc. to cooperate with us. I serve as a coordinator, and out of about 500 elementary schools, junior high schools, and special needs schools in Yokohama, we are developing business at 146 schools this year. ”(Mr. Mami Tanaka)

“It is important not to narrow down these businesses from the beginning to“ Is it theater or music? ”It doesn't matter what the reason is. For example, if you say“ I want to bring out the goodness of children, ”dance It might be good, or music could do something. I try to lower the hurdles to art by making various proposals. ”(Mr. Ogawa)

The results of this project will lead to the "Local Cultural Support Project / Yokohama Art Site" and "The Foundation Development Project for Arts and Cultural Activities in the Welfare Field".

Challenge of ST spot Yokohama that started from small theater!

* Yokohama Art Site 2019 Kickoff Meeting

The "Local Culture Support Project-Yokohama Art Site," which started in 2014, is a project that supports community creation through art in various parts of Yokohama city, art festivals, Yokohama's original work creation, etc. in various ways. .. The contents of the support are the examination about the subsidy grant and the system improvement. It covers a wide range of topics, such as interviews and creating public relations magazines.

The challenge here is “definition of art”.

"What is art? This is a very difficult definition. Some art is sharp art, some festivals, and activities to create a community with foreign children and art may be art. Since it has not appeared, I can not judge it without looking closely at the local activities and I can not discover new things or buried things. ”(Mr. Ogawa)

It seems that they are repeating trial and error, such as having discussions on the theme of "What is the local culture of Yokohama?"

Challenge of ST spot Yokohama that started from small theater! * Facility: Yokohama Municipal Shikinomori Elementary School / Artist: Anna Geta (dancer / choreographer)

Since it was decided to hold the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020, efforts related to people with disabilities and art have been flourishing.
ST Spot Yokohama collaborates with Kanagawa Prefecture to carry out a collaborative workshop between people with disabilities and artists, as well as a "research project for study creation, study sessions, and visits to create works" doing. Since I was not familiar with performing arts activities at a welfare facility, I first held a study session where people on site could talk to each other. It seems that they are also conducting research to follow a wide prefecture area.

“We are working hard at welfare facilities, but there is a limit within the facility and the air becomes stagnant. Therefore, when an outside person enters, it stimulates and opens the air holes. Is meaningful, and I hope other halls and cultural facilities will also become hubs for these activities in the future. ”(Mr. Tanaka)

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* Facility: Liaison Kasama, a facility for the disabled / Artist: Doi (modeling unit), Junpei Katsumi (PARADISE ALLEY BREAD & CO)

I think that ST Spot Yokohama has made a great contribution to the activities that open and permeate art in the city by repeating trial and error in these activities.
Finally, Mr. Ogawa talked about what he cherishes.

"The theater is a theater and I am still active freely. I try to balance the public nature, but as a creation and presentation site, I try not to pull out the artist's fangs "


ST Spot Yokohama (formerly ST Spot Steering Committee) was organized by volunteer citizens as the management organization for the small space "ST Spot" established by Yokohama City in November 1987.

In April 2000, ST Spot Yokohama organized a board of directors, and in June 2004, acquired corporate status and established "Non-Profit Organization ST Spot Yokohama" (hereinafter, NPO corporation ST Spot Yokohama). With the opening of the ST Spot, local theater activities rapidly became active. Since then, it has become the activity base for young artists such as dance, music, video, and art. Our group has been making efforts to bring about organic expansion such as business development, information service provision, and network construction to promote these creative activities, broadening the base of local and domestic performing arts, and producing many young talents. . In April 2004, we established an art education business. With a focus on collaboration with the government, we will develop businesses specialized in art education, such as dispatching artists to teachers' schools, training professionals, and developing programs to promote the sound development of children and the spread of art. I am.

The ST spot, which is the smallest in the city but has great potential, is positioned as a new management model for public and private theaters, and we continue to work as a non-profit organization responsible for promoting art in a broad sense.

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