The purpose of the key project of the Finnish Government is to create a new approach in addition to the current percent for art scheme used in construction projects. The new project is intended to facilitate the acquisition of art-based and culture-based well-being services in the social welfare and healthcare sector.
Expanding the percent for art scheme
The aim of the expansion of the percent for art scheme is to improve access to art and culture and in this manner promote the well-being effects of art. This will be done by making cultural services and fields of art more widely available to social welfare and healthcare providers and by encouraging them to use art and culture more actively in patient care and customer work.
The purpose is to create a new approach in addition to the current percent for art scheme used in construction projects. The new project is intended to facilitate the acquisition of art-based and culture-based well-being services in the social welfare and healthcare sector. In addition to visual arts, it would also incorporate other fields of art and culture in general.
The long-term objective is to make art-based and culture-based well-being services a permanent part of social welfare and healthcare structures and the monitoring of well-being.
Expansion of the percent for art scheme is part of the key project Access to art and culture will be facilitated, which is laid out under the strategic priority Knowledge and Education in the Government Programme.
The project has its origins in the Art and Culture for Well-being action programme 2010–2014 and the percent for art operating model, which has been promoted by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland since 2011.
A total of two million euros has been allocated for the project during a three-year period 2016–2018.
The project has two parts: development projects and guided pilot projects.
The key project will be carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Project implementation is steered by an expert group appointed and led by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The members of the group represent the ministries involved in the project, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, social welfare and healthcare professionals, and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The application and funding process of the development projects is the responsibility of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. The project assessment will be carried out by the Cupore Center for Cultural Policy Research. The Ministry of Education and Culture is supported in the implementation of the pilot section by Demos Helsinki.