Kids & Youth
In October we held an EGAKU Workshop in New York as a prototype workshop for a team of
voluntary participants from Acumen - a non-profit organization that supports businesses in low
This workshop was the result of a collaboration with Tomoko Matsukawa - a fellow of the non-
profit IOCA (Institute of Communication Art) chaired by Yazawa, and a Senior Innovation
Associate at Acumen. We had 7 participants of diverse nationalities take part.
The theme: "The Future You Want to Create at Acumen - What You Want to Continue to
Although everyone joined the workshop in the middle of their hectic working day, perhaps
characteristic of a group of people with a commitment to a social venture, we saw works that
projected their powerful hopes for the future emerge from the session. It was a great session.
Here are some discoveries made by participants during the creative process:
・The other participants are deep, caring, artistic and beautiful. I’m proud to be in the crowd
and appreciate their willingness to share with me.
・Remembering that we are all trying to get to the same place. That we use different language
to describe maybe the same thing. Acumen is complex, life is complex. Art is a tool for
・What my team members are thinking, what they value, and the diversity there.
・To think about what other people see when approaching a problem that I am not seeing.
・Be proactive about busting down doors.
・This is the most immersed I have been in a while! It felt very therapeutic.
・More art nights!
Theme: "The Future You Want to Create - What You Want to Continue to Value"
Program overview: EGAKU Program
Participants: 7 voluntary participants from Acumen
Venue: Acumen Head Office (New York)
Facilitator: Kimi Hasebe
Interpreter: Ryoko Nakamura
※ This program was run by White Ship’s non-profit arm, ELAB.