The city of Mito was hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami over an extensive area. Accordingly, due to some damage on the buildings, we had to close the Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito for a time. Now we are pleased to announce that we resume activities with the exhibition, “CAFE in Mito 2011--- Relationships in Color.”
CAFE in “CAFE in Mito,” which started in 2002, stands for the initials of “Communicable Action for Everybody.” With the objective to encourage many citizens to have interest in art and consequently help the city be revitalized, this project has presented various programs, introducing artworks in which visitors can participate, outdoor installations, and interactive events. This time, in consideration of the aftermath of the great earthquake, “CAFE in Mito” is open mainly around the Contemporary Art Center. In cooperation with artists and collaborators whom we have worked with in the Center’s history of 20 years, we go back to the starting point of our activities, “to create a place where people come to experience art and have relations with each other through art.” With programs including exhibitions of paintings and photographs by artists who showed their works in the past here at the Contemporary Art Center, events and workshops in cooperation with local residents, and Admission-Free Day, we have produced a place where you can enjoy art in a relaxed mood and in different ways of involvement.