Leadership Team

Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura

CEO Culture Care Creative Inc.

Culture Care Creative’s Founder and visionary is Makoto (Mako) Fujimura. He is a leading contemporary artist whose process driven, refractive “slow art” has been described by David Brooks of New York Times as “a small rebellion against the quickening of time”. Fujimura is also an arts advocate, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer.

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Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura

CEO Culture Care Creative Inc.

Fujimura graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University, then studied in a traditional Japanese painting doctorate program for several years at Tokyo University of the Arts with several notable artists such as Takashi Murakami and Hiroshi Senju. His bicultural arts education led his style towards a fusion between fine art and abstract expressionism, together with the traditional Japanese art of Nihonga and Kacho-ga (bird-and-flower painting tradition). Fujimura’s art has been featured widely in galleries and museums around the world, and is collected by notable collections including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, The Huntington Library as well as Tikotin Museum in Israel. His art is represented by Artrue International in Asia and has been exhibited at various venues including Dillon Gallery, Waterfall Mansion, Morpeth Contemporary, Sato Museum in Tokyo, Tokyo University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Phoenix, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, Shusaku Endo Museum in Nagasaki and Jundt Museum at Gonzaga University. He is one of the first artists to paint live on stage at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist, Susie Ibarra. Their collaborative album “Walking on Water” is released by Innova Records. Visit his website at https://makotofujimura.com/

Haejin Shim

COO Culture Care Creative Inc.

Haejin Shim Fujimura is the Chief Operating Officer of Culture Care Creative Inc. and the President of Kintsugi Academy, and leads the movement of “beauty + justice” with her husband Makoto Fujimura.  Haejin builds and manages the core teams of Culture Care Creative and develops the programs and partnerships to further the culture care movement.

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Haejin Shim

COO Culture Care Creative Inc.

Haejin Shim Fujimura is the Chief Operating Officer of Culture Care Creative Inc. and the President of Kintsugi Academy, and leads the movement of “beauty + justice” with her husband Makoto Fujimura.  Haejin builds and manages the core teams of Culture Care Creative and develops the programs and partnerships to further the culture care movement.  Also, Haejin is a lawyer and an entrepreneur.  Haejin founded the law firm Shim & Associates, P.C. with its offices in New York and New Jersey and previously co-founded Frecker & Shim LLC.  Both law firms were founded on the vision of cultural renewal for the legal industry and advocacy for the oppressed.  Haejin is also a Co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Embers International, a global non-profit organization protecting, restoring, and empowering the victims of injustice and intergenerational oppression.  Additionally, Haejin serves as the Team Leader of NYC Advocacy & Mobilization Team of International Justice Mission, the largest anti-slavery organization in the world, and on the Board of Trustees of Restore NYC and Goldenwood.  Haejin received a B.A. in Psychology and Urban Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

CCC Scholars, Artists, and Advocates

Caring for culture through wrestling deeply with issues of art, faith, and humanity. Our mission is to collaborate with culture care affiliates to nurture artists and creative catalysts, academics and professional advocates, to provide a sanctuary in which to gather, learn, collaborate, and create. Our CCC Scholars, Artists, and Advocates are agents of renewal for our cultural ecosystem that create bridges between cultures.

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Theology of Making

Makoto Fujimura’s latest book Art+Faith: A Theology of Making (Yale University Press) with a beautiful foreword by N.T. Wright provides the theological basis for Culture Care.  Conceived over thirty years of paintings and creating in his studio, this book is Makoto Fujimura’s broad and deep exploration of creativity and the spiritual aspects of “making”.  What he does in the studio is theological work as much as it is aesthetic work.  In between pouring pulverized precious minerals onto handmade paper to create the prismatic, refractive surfaces of his art, he comes into the quiet space in the studio, in a discipline of awareness, waiting, prayer, and praise.

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KINTSUGI ACADEMY

In the fall of 2020, Makoto Fujimura and Tokyo-based Kintsugi Master Kunio Nakamra co-founded Kintsugi Academy as a part of Culture Care Creative Inc.’s program.  The Kintsugi message of finding beauty through mending the fracture is a tangible portal into Culture Care, and Kintsugi Academy offers a powerful vehicle for creating an empathetic community.  Kintsugi Academy brings the ancient art of Kintsugi to a wider audience through workshops and gatherings, and offers Certification Training courses wherein Kintsugi makers learn to become Kintsugi instructors and “Kintsugi-Peace Makers”.

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