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Summary in English

“Kulttuuria yhteistuumin” (“Culture together”) is a national development task whose purpose is to bring together Finnish municipalities’ competence in cultural services. The development task is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and coordinated by the City of Espoo.

BASED ON THE NEW ACT ON CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

The development task is based on the new Act on Cultural Activities in Local Government (166/2019), which entered into force in March 2019. Its key objectives are to:

• support people’s opportunities to engage in creative expression and activity, and to produce and experience culture and art;

• promote equal opportunities for all population groups, and further their participation in culture, arts and education;

• strengthen people’s health and well-being, as well as their inclusion and community engagement, through cultural and artistic means;

• use artistic and cultural means to create the conditions for developing both local and regional vitality and for providing creative activities to support them.

OBJECTIVES OF THE DEVELOPMENT TASK

The objective of the national development task is to help employees responsible for municipal cultural services to better understand the key significance of arts and culture for the well-being of residents, urban development and attractiveness of the region. The Act on Cultural Activities in Local Government increases the need for municipalities to establish their cultural policy view on the kinds of cultural services to be produced for their residents.

The development task aims to bring together the cultural services competence and development needs of Finnish municipalities. The project compiles and shares information about various models for producing equal cultural services and about the availability of the necessary expertise for development work in each municipality. The need of elected officials to increase their understanding of the new Act on Cultural Activities is also taken into account.

In order for the development task to succeed, it is important to create a culture of sharing and trust. All the municipalities of Finland from the smallest to the largest are needed to get involved in seeking, finding and sharing the best practices and cooperation models that are being used in various parts of the country. It is important to create an atmosphere that encourages a sense of community and sharing information, where everyone involved understands that they are on the same side and travelling towards the same goal: better and more functional cultural services.

IMPLEMENTATION METHODS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT TASK

Website

The first phase of the “Kulttuuria yhteistuumin” (“Culture together”) development task (in spring 2020) involves setting up a website that will serve as the primary platform for sharing information, communication and keeping in touch. The website starts out as a blog but will evolve into a national online data bank as the task progresses and more information is accumulated.

A survey for all Finnish municipalities

In the next phase (in spring/summer 2020), a survey will be sent to all Finnish municipalities, asking them to report the best practices they are using in cultural services. These can be operating methods created by the municipalities themselves or cooperation models created together with the private sector, third and/or fourth sector.

Visits to municipalities and workshops for specialists

In autumn 2020, the results of the surveys will be reviewed and 2–3 best practices will be selected. The municipalities in question will be visited late in the year, and the participants will have the opportunity to learn about each best practice and how it works on site.

• The visits to municipalities take 1½ days each.

• The programme consists of visiting a site, networking and a workshop facilitated by an external specialist.

• Each visit can be attended by 10–20 people.

• One cultural employee of each municipality is eligible to apply.

• Support for travel and accommodation costs can be applied for through the “Kulttuuria yhteistuumin” development task.

A summary of the visits to municipalities and the related workshops will be compiled on this website and used as a foundation for the actual online data bank. The visits to municipalities will continue throughout 2021 at a rate of 1–2 visits per month.

Sparring for municipalities

In addition to the survey on best practices, the municipalities will receive a survey on cultural sparring help. The municipalities will be asked to specify themes on which they need help, sparring and coaching, and the “Kulttuuria yhteistuumin” development task will send out a specialist with whom the municipality’s cultural services employees can consider the problem and various solutions.

Municipalities may also express their interest in serving as specialists or sparring partners for other municipalities in solving service challenges. The goal is to share expertise and competence, get to know colleagues in other municipalities and encourage the municipalities themselves to find the best possible solutions for their cultural services through diverse cooperation.

TURKU AND ROVANIEMI AS PARTNERS, THE WHOLE OF FINLAND AS THE OPERATING AREA

After the Ministry of Education and Culture announced the application process, Espoo asked the cities of Turku and Rovaniemi to become its specialist partners in the development task. These cities have local expertise in cultural well-being and cross-administrative projects as well as extensive regional collaborative networks. Important support for the development task is also available from the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT TASKS

In addition to the national development task, the Ministry of Education and Culture has granted funding for 2020–2021 for the following regional development tasks:

Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (www.epliitto.fi)

The project will strengthen the competence of cultural operators in the municipalities of South Ostrobothnia through mentoring and create a regional operating model for cultural intermediaries.

Hanna Hangasluoma, Manager of Cultural Affairs
Tel. 040 7515 610
hanna.hangasluoma(at)etela-pohjanmaa.fi

Päivi Alaniska, Project Coordinator
Tel. 044 4181 162
paivi.alaniska(at)seinajoki.fi

City of Jyväskylä (www.jyvaskyla.fi)

The project will develop art and cultural services for young people (15–20 years of age) in the region of Central Finland through inclusion. Young people will be involved in each phase of the project from planning to implementation and assessment.

Arto Lampila, Project Coordinator
Tel. 014 26 68211, 046 922 5990
arto.lampila(at)jyvaskyla.fi

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (www.xamk.fi)

The main goal of the “Eloa ja iloa Kaakkois-Suomeen” (“Life and joy in South-Eastern Finland”) project is to develop collaboration and operating models in the creative industries, arts and culture in order for municipal cultural services to strengthen the well-being, health and inclusion of the residents.

Piia Kleimola, Project Manager
Tel. 050 3059392
piia.kleimola(at)xamk.fi

Kaakon taide – visuaalisten taiteiden verkosto ry (www.kaakontaide.fi)

In 2020–21, a cooperation model will be built and tested, enabling operators in various service sectors and professionals in arts to build a shared operating culture and methods to make arts and culture available to residents while supporting inclusion.

Anna Vilkuna, Director
Tel. 045 144 7755
anna(at)kaakontaide.fi

City of Kuopio (www.kuopio.fi)

The main focus of the regional development task is on North Savo, where the cooperation among the region’s cultural operators and the cultural competence of municipal employees will be developed in accordance with needs expressed by the cultural operators.

Tiina Taskinen-Viinikainen, Project Coordinator
Tel. 044 748 2374
tiina.taskinen-viinikainen(at)kuopio.fi

Experimental projects will also involve the municipalities of Myrskylä and Mäntyharju and cities of Oulu and Vaasa.