Masako Takahashi (Miura) Wonderful Art Production, Japan
The artist grew up in a family that has a long line of doctors, including the artist’s grandfather. She graduated from the College of Fine Art, Western Michigan University in the U.S. She established Wonder Art Production in 1999 and Hospital Art Lab in 2004. Takahashi organized various exhibitions showing creative art from around the world; she produced and navigated many art programs in museums, hospitals and within society. She keeps on challenging the original “Hospital Art” projects to improve the medical treatment environment by art, and within that framework she conducted a number of art projects at over 100 hospitals throughout Japan. She produced all hospital artworks at the ICU ward in Children’s Hospital. In 2013 she was awarded by the Educational Foundation with the “Activities Excellence; Projects to Nurture Children’s heart” award for the “Happy Doll Project”, her most representative endeavour. Soon after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, she organized the Emergency Support team “ARTS for HOPE” for the victims. The activities have lasted for 1,100 days. In 2016, she opened “Wonder Art Studio”, a borderless art studio, for children and people with disabilities in Miyagi.