The first semester of the EGAKU the Future Program for Musashino University High School has kicked off. 
Over the course of the 10 sessions based on the EGAKU Program, through the practice of the creative cycle of dialogue, discovery and expression, students will experience the foundations of creativity and nurture their creative confidence.
The EGAKU theme for the first session was “What I value the most.” The fresh-faced, new students each painted their uniquely authentic values - the things they hold most dear. The students were also joined by two program mentors - mid-career women professionals - creating a lively, stimulating exchange.
A selection of participants’ comments:

  • “Everyone has different ideas, different ways of seeing things - perhaps this is what we mean by ‘personality.’ It was interesting to see the differences.”
  • “I think what was important was that it wasn’t just about how I see things, it was about acknowledging other people’s views coming from a totally different perspective.”
  • “I learnt that it’s important to make the conscious effort to ‘feel’, rather than just ‘feeling’ passively.”
  • “Everyone’s faces lit up. I think we were all more positive compared to the beginning of class.”
  • “I realized that the most important thing was to be honest about my feelings as I was painting.”
  • “I became a little clearer about what I want to do in the future.”
  • “Going forward, I think I’ll be more respectful of other people’s views.”

Theme: What I value the most
Program details: EGAKU the Future
Participants: 22 participants - grade 1 senior high school students
Venue: White Ship -Office & 9201 Gallery-
Host institution: Musashino University High School, Liberal Arts Musashino 
Program mentors: Hiroko Shinjo, Hiroko Takahashi 
Facilitator: Kimi Hasebe
Staff: Ryoko Nakamura
※ This program was run by White Ship’s non-profit arm, ELAB.