Arisa Itami | Founder
Arisa Itami left Japan in 1998 to pursue her career as a jazz singer in New York. After meeting many artists in 2008, she decided to open a gallery in the birthplace of modern art, Brooklyn, NY, with the concept of “art as a part of lifestyle”. For nine years, she has managed Ouchi Gallery in Brooklyn and has provided artists the space and opportunity to showcase their creativity. In 2008, she went to Africa after founding a project to teach children in Nigeria origami, which is “art made with a sheet of paper”. In 2012, she brought the project to Canada then Italy where she also held an exhibition that featured 100 artists. As the Director of the Japanese Contemporary Artist Team in New York, which she founded in 2014, she supports emerging Japanese artists starting their career as an artist abroad. In 2007, she also participated in a project to create murals at the the Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta, GA. In 2014, her book, How To Be An Artist - Things They Don’t Teach in School, achieved best seller status in Amazon’s art education genre. She still sings actively in Brooklyn as a bossa nova singer.