Arisa Itami | Founder

Arisa established her own art gallery in 2008 based on the concept Art for Everyone, Everyday after encountering many artists around the world. Thereafter, she managed the Ouchi Gallery in Brooklyn for ten years, where she provided countless opportunities and an activity space for artists. She also designed and led an original origami project in 2008 that taught children in Nigeria about the art of paper concept. Arisa conducted an origami project in Canada and an art exhibit with 100 artists in Italy in 2012. In 2014, she authored the book What Schools Don’t Teach About Becoming an Artist, which became a best seller on Amazon in their Art Education category. She received the TIME OUT NEW YORK LOVE AWARD for the most treasured local gallery in Brooklyn in 2016. Arisa is currently the director of the Japanese Contemporary Artists Team (JCAT) in New York which boasts over 200 Japanese artists, supporting young artists to make the plunge into the art world. Arisa is currently active as an international curator based in New York. From her base in New York, Arisa is engaged in promoting the theme peace on Earth through the Japanese identity of harmony, while holding seminars titled Live Your Dream where she tells of her experiences in New York and around the world.