Art can enlighten, soothe, challenge and provoke. Sometimes it can transform a community.
Case in point: a 5.5-square-mile island called Naoshima in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea.
Once upon a time, the biggest employer on Naoshima was a Mitsubishi metals processing plant. Actually, it’s still the biggest employer, just not nearly as big as it once was.
Blame automation. The population of the island has dropped from around 8,000 in the 1950s and 1960s to a little over 3,000 now.
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Source Credits: Ina Jaffe in NPR. Image above is of the Chichu Art Museum.