Asian Culture Station (ACS)
Asian Culture Station (ACS) is a gathering depot for citizens to build a sustainable relationship and to enrich mutual understanding between Thailand and other Asian nations including Japan. Focusing on arts and culture in particular, ACS provides a co-working space for collaboration, on & off site events for people’s appreciation of artistic endeavors, and information through sets of publications and first-hand materials for further study on the region. ACS is operated by the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Japan’s principal organization for cultural exchange, and Chiang Mai Art Conversation, an energetic artist collective whose office is also newly established within the station.
Co-organized with the Japan Foundation Asia Center, ACS in Chiang Mai is one of the three venues in Southeast Asia. The other two stations are in Yangon, Myanmar and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The Japan Foundation Asia Center
The Japan Foundation is Japan’s principal institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. The Asia Center, established within the Japan Foundation in April 2014, is a specialized unit with the goal to connect people, expand networks, and develop cultural programs across Asia. As the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics lie ahead in 2020, through projects in such diverse fields as music, theater, film, sports, Japanese language education and other academic exchanges, the Asia Center, in cooperation with the Foundation’s overseas offices, pursues and supports various forms of activities between Asian communities.
Chiang Mai Art Conversation (CAC)
CAC is a nonprofit artist-run initiative that was founded in Chiang Mai, Thailand in January 2013. The main objective is to provide art information. In order to make this available, we are creating an online art system which contains art map of art spaces, events, and other useful Chiang Mai art data. CAC’s online aims to reflect history and also predicts the future of art scenes in Chiang Mai through data bank. However, CAC does encourage and build physical connection and interaction in a form of various activities to further the growth of the art community and its public audience.