Division of Community Arts

Combining art, life, and lifestyle through a new perspective

creation, behavior, technique, impromptu interface, outreach

Human forms of expression such as drawing, creating, singing, and performing have an enormous impact on our lives, and it is difficult to pinpoint precisely the thought, philosophy, and creativity that goes into them. Nevertheless, to identify the forms and the basis of these types of expression is to bring to light a relationship that gives rise to a rich culture of thought that enhances our limited existence.

The community art course is managed by faculty with immense practical experience in the expressive arts, such as painting and sculpture, songwriting, and performing, and dance, and other forms of physical expression. The community art course tries to create a unique study of expression that is based on practical theory and attempts to challenge difficult issues. The study of expression as based on research into practice, and the application and development of theories in society, is a field that is unique to Kobe University.

Meanwhile, art in current society is branching out into fields that include high art, lifelong learning, public art, and therapy, and the demand for and importance of art will only increase with the emergence of a welfare society focused on quality of life. By integrating into the course content the topics that are not yet established, this course delves into trends of the future. The course also emphasizes on training for lifelong learning art facilitators and instructors in local communities, and the creation of new art forms such as community art, and practical research such as music therapy.


Name E-Mail/Personal Site Title Research Field/Research Interest
(岸本 吉弘)
yoshiki [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Professor Painting Expression

Creation and Research of Contemporary Painting

(岡崎 香奈)
kanaokaz [at] people.kobe-u.ac.jp
Associate Professor Music Therapy, Clinical Improvisation

As a music therapist, I have been practicing and researching the effect of music with developmentally delayed children/adults, people with senile dementia, stroke patients, children and adults with various psychiatric illnesses over 25 years. My main approach is to use clinical improvisation in these settings. The students who would like to seek the possibility of music and clinical improvisation within educational, medical and welfare settings, are openly very welcome. You will be guided through introduction of various theories and practices, as well as the actual case presentations and workshops. Effective research methods in order to meet individual needs for writing theses will be carefully investigated.

SEKI Noriko
(関 典子)
n-seki [at] pegasus.kobe-u.ac.jp
Personal Site
Associate Professor Creation and Research on Contemporary Dance

An investigation of contemporary dance's nature (such as present and communication) by feedback between performance and research.