Development projects

The purpose of the development projects was to support actors in the dissemination of good practices or in the development and implementation of new operating approaches. Discretionary government grants were used as the funding instrument.

In the development projects, art and cultural services were produced by professional artists and groups of artists, third-sector actors, companies as well as art and cultural institutions. The application and selection process of the development projects was the responsibility of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

In 2016, funding was provided in two application rounds.

Development projects

Support association for PiiPoo centre for art and culture    €155,000

The %TAIDETTA (‘%ART’) project is a joint project involving a total of 14 parties operating in the health and social services sector and the culture sector, which aims to develop and pilot sustainable and replicable models for implementing artistic and cultural activities through cooperation between the two sectors and to model their regional cooperation. The project is divided into the partners’ joint development work and action research.

Project activities make use of diverse participatory art methods and a wide variety of arts (including music, dance, circus, theatre and visual arts). Artistic and cultural activities are carried out in a participant-centred manner in different operating environments, including participants’ living environments and cultural institutions. The project is a continuation of the TEIJO project, which involved making art and participation. (In Finnish)

City of Helsinki                €110,000

Aili is a municipal network for cultural work carried out with senior citizens and the elderly. The network aims to strengthen cultural work carried out with senior citizens and elderly people in municipalities and future counties by building a permanent cooperation network between experts working in different sectors. The local authorities involved in the project are Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Pukkila, Turku, Tampere, Kouvola, Seinäjoki, Jyväskylä, Vaasa, Kuopio, Oulu and Rovaniemi. Each local authority is represented in the network’s activities by one expert in healthcare and social welfare services and another in cultural services. (In Finnish)

City of Lahti                    €50,000

The VUOKSI project incorporates art into Lahti’s health and social services. The project aims to establish artistic and cultural services as a permanent part of healthcare and social welfare. The project will hire eight professional artists from different fields as community artists. The community artists will work at a grass-roots level in elderly services and welfare services, including adult social work, disability services and children’s homes. The project will draw up estimates of indirect economic effects and outline ways of expanding the ‘per cent for art’ principle in health services.

The Centre of Expertise on Social Welfare in South-East Finland, Socom)    €45,000

Socom is a centre of expertise seeking solutions to the critical issues that prevent artists’ employment in the health and social services sector. It is modelling the role of an artist as one of the content producers in daytime activities for elderly people, including reports on financing models, business logic and taxation of artists’ work in the health and social services sector.

The centre of expertise is equipped to provide expert assistance in the artistic wellbeing sector as part of basic, specialised and expert health and social services. In addition, the centre studies financing models and problem areas involved in taxation of artists’ work (especially VAT) with a view to matching their taxation with that of social services within elderly services. (In Finnish)

Lapland Hospital District                €40,000

The Lapland Hospital District’s ‘Taide tavoittaa’ (‘Art’s reach’) project deploys artistic activities into its different units. The aim is to increase and develop cooperation between freelance providers of artistic services and the Lapland Hospital District; to pilot different ways of implementing artistic activities at medical institutions; to create practices for organising artistic activities; and to assess and document practical operating models that are important for the success of these activities. (In Finnish)

Finnish Hospital Clowns Association            €90,000

Development of presence-centred clowning as a work form and its establishment as a permanent part of paediatric surgery at Helsinki, Tampere and Turku University Hospitals. This activity allows medical personnel to focus their resources on actual nursing care while a clown takes care of the emotional and pre-operative preparation of children and their families. Procedures become faster as children are better prepared. The number of delays due to reasons such as anxiety decreases. Post-operative recovery is faster, because the work form makes it possible to reduce premedication. Situations are experienced more positively while the amount of perceived pain diminishes.

City of Tampere                €100,000

The project develops a cooperation model between the local authority, the third sector, individual clients and regional government and will make it available for use nationwide. The project involves costing and cost impact assessment. The aim is to present and put forward proposals on how to include cultural activities as part of key documents guiding service provision, such as recommendations, agreements, and service and treatment plans. A further aim is to increase the use of arts and culture in health and social services and to design flexible cooperation models with different parties and client information services.

Regional Council of South Savo            €80,000

The project is integrated as part of the regional strategy and programme development work, where arts and culture are given a recognised role in regional strategic planning and programme development. In addition to healthcare and social welfare, the project also includes cultural interfaces with other regional functions, such as regional and economic development. The project will implement the ArtEssote pilot with a view to creating an operating model for developing the Winter Garden as an events arena in a central hospital environment. Other pilots will be selected for implementation through a call for pilots.

Helsinki Deaconess Institute            €50,000

The project is building a new kind of nursing culture, aiming at systematic and long-term artistic and cultural activities. Artists and Helsinki Deaconess Institute staff are engaged in long-term cooperation to create cross-sectoral operating models for use of arts to promote health and welfare, while encouraging new, diverse parties to get involved. The aim is for the units, service users and staff to take joint ownership of the cause. Project partners include the Finnish National Theatre Touring Stage and the Reality Research Center.

Amusa Suomi Oy                €80,000

Coordination of the purchasing process of artistic services and testing of financing models from the perspective of the health and social services sector as the purchaser. The subsidy will also be used to develop a digital commercialisation service, based on a sustainable financial solution, in order to support commercialisation and distribution of artists’ services. The project cooperates with Pro Soveltavan taiteen tila ry, an applied arts association, which is responsible for mentoring and acting as a sounding board for artists and for quality assessment.