Hiroko Kikuchi is a co-founding Principal of Creative Ecology. As Creative Ecology’s Courageous Conceptualist, she provides strategic direction, on-the-ground program and project design, creative implementation, and community-building capacities. She has over 15 years of experience of leading innovative programs for arts and cultural institutions, management of programs for arts, culture, youth development and community-building, and design thinking for social change. She is a teacher, mentor, facilitator, consultant and practicing artist. As a native Japanese speaker, fully fluent in English, she operates in domestic contexts of the U.S. and Japan and also as a transnational expert with particular experience in cross- and trans-cultural situations. Her network spanning the sectors of art, community development, academia, Asia and the U.S.
As a member of the start-up team for Social Creative Platform for Opportunity: Project Wawa, she designed the creative industries strategy to support grassroots reconstruction efforts following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake in Japan. As a consultant, she helped develop the Chinatown Cultural Development Strategy for the Washington D.C. Office of Planning, and has led projects for the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Vietnamese American Civic Association, among others. She has served as an educator and program strategist and manager for numerous organizations including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology List Visual Art Center and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Vietnamese American Civic Association, and is an Adjunct Professor at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan.
Through her solo work, Hiroko builds on the legacy of Fluxus-inspired instruction work and performance art, addressing themes of cultural and social identity. Her past solo performances have been included in festivals and shows in Beijing, China, US, Chile, Colombia and others. Hiroko holds an MFA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tufts University, in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, with a special focus on Performance Art, History, and Theory, and Social Practice.
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