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University-Community Collaboration Activities at Art Area B1

Art Area B1 is the open space on the concourse of the 1st basement of the Naniwabashi Station on the Keihan Electric Railway's Nakanoshima Line. A steering committee consisting of Keihan Electric Railway, NPO Dance Box, and Osaka University is in charge of Art Area B1.

A major program instituted at Art Area B1 is the "Lab Café," designed and implemented by the Center for the Study of Communication-Design. The Lab Café is an interactive program in which participants have wide-ranging discussions on a variety of topics. The program aims to make the station a communication space in the arts and academia by taking up various themes in philosophy, art, science and technology and providing the general public with chances to be exposed to expertise on those topics.

In 2009 Art Area B1 was awarded the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award by the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, Japan [Mecenat Awards 2009]. This association honors companies and organizations contributing to the promotion of the arts and culture and the winners for 2009 were announced on October 30, 2009. University-community collaboration in cultural activities at Art Area B1 in the Naniwabashi Station on the Nakanoshima Line of Keihan Electric Railway was awarded the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award. This prize recognizes the uniqueness of producing, through cooperation among a business, a university, and an NPO, a space for art and academia in a urban area. Further development is anticipated.

The concourse on the 1st basement of the Naniwabashi Station was set up as the Art Area B1 at the time of opening of the Keihan Electric Railway's Nakanoshima Line on October 19, 2008. Starting then, the project to make the station a center of artistic communication commenced. In 2009, university-community collaboration was involved in projects coordinated with Aqua Metropolis Osaka, examining culture originating along rivers with the goal of reinvigorating Nakanoshima area. As stated earlier, further development of this area is anticipated.

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