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Opening. Becoming an agent in the field of arts and culture in Finland

Opening. Becoming an agent in the field of arts and culture in Finland is a project which supports the participation of artists and cultural workers from abroad in the Finnish arts and culture scene. The project is carried out together with the Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore and Globe Art Point, and it is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Background

Global mobility is one of the megatrends of the last decades and it has brought many artists and cultural workers from different countries to Finland. It is also up to the Finnish arts and cultural field to react to this situation. How can artists from abroad continue their artistic career in Finland? How can cultural workers from different countries influence what is happening in the Finnish arts and cultural field? How do arts and cultural institutions open their doors to people of different backgrounds not just as audiences but also as agents?

Aims

The project Opening maps the employment of artists and cultural workers from abroad through a study by the Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore and through participatory observation carried out by the Culture For All Service. Globe Art Point supports the project as an expert in questions related to the equality and integration of artists and cultural workers with migrant background.

The project’s Diversity Educator Marina Marti will observe four national and/or state-subsidized cultural institutions using job shadowing methods to understand how diversity is taken into consideration and what obstacles to inclusion there may be. Based on these observations the project aims to develop creative, participatory education packages with which obstacles to participation can be made visible and the competences of migrants and refugees better recognized and acknowledged. The aim is to promote their entry into Finnish society and work life.

Concrete proposals for actions and the results from the research by Cupore will be presented in a seminar organized by Globe Art Point at the end of 2018.

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Globe Art Point

Center for Cultural Policy Research


Contact Information

Diversity Educator
Martina Marti
martina.marti@cultureforall.fi
+ 358 400 997203

Executive Director
Rita Paqvalen
Culture For All Service
rita.paqvalen@cultureforall.fi

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