Working Group for Cultural Policy, Immigrants and Promotion of Cultural Diversity

OKM002:00/2020 Development

The aim is to strengthen the social inclusion and participation of people of foreign origin through arts and culture in order to increase dialogue and understanding between different population groups. The hope is to move from temporary projects promoting diversity to a more permanent approach.

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Basic information In progress

Project number OKM002:00/2020

Set by Ministry of Education and Culture

Term/schedule 9.1.2020 – 31.12.2020

Date of appointment 9.1.2020

Contact person
Maija Lummepuro, KULTTUURIASIAINNEUVOS
tel. +358 295 330 198

Goals and results

The task of the working group is to prepare proposals for policies and measures by which cultural diversity and immigration are made visible and have an impact in cultural policy in line with demographic trends. The aim is to strengthen the social inclusion and participation of people of foreign origin through arts and culture in order to increase dialogue and understanding between different population groups.

The proposals and measures should cover at least the following topics:

a)the realisation of cultural diversity and multilingualism in creative work and production, arts and culture content and cultural services;

b)opportunities for those of foreign origin to engage in professional and other artistic and cultural activities and to participate in arts and cultural life as users of culture;

c)the role of cultural and art activities and actors in helping immigrants integrate and promoting interaction between different groups;

d)the realisation of cultural diversity in cultural policy development and decision-making;

e)research work and needs under the mandate of the working group, as well as devising monitoring and evaluation procedures and indicators that encourage awareness of diversity in the field of arts and culture.

The aim is to take into account the need voiced by the cultural field to move from temporary projects promoting diversity to a more permanent approach, where diversity is an integral part of core activities, and to promote cooperation between administrative branches.

Summary

The Ministry of Education and Culture appointed a working group on cultural policy, immigration and cultural diversity on 9 January 2020 to prepare proposals for cultural policy guidelines to develop the administrative branch in the near future. The term of the working group is from 9 January to 31 December 2020.

Starting points

The Ministry of Education and Culture has advanced cultural diversity by taking participating in the work on the systems of guidance, government grants, and analysis and development across in the administrative branch of culture and by taking part in implementing government integration programmes.

The Ministry has published two immigration policy guidelines this century (in 2003 and 2009) and a comprehensive final report on access to art and culture (2014). In 2016 –2019, three reports were published detailing the sore points in the administrative branch, and proposals for measures were drawn up to resolve them in response to the widespread immigration that began in autumn 2015.

Cultural diversity covers a wide area that refers to linguistic and cultural minorities and the opportunities for people belonging to these groups to engage in culture on equal terms and to show their creativity on a level playing field. This working group aims to focus on the challenge of cultural diversity in cultural policy from the perspective of immigration and its growth and the multiculturalism this involves.

The Government Programme of Prime Minister Sanna Marin includes a pledge to safeguard non-discrimination. The basic premise in the strategy of the Ministry of Education and Culture is that all action is based on non-discrimination. One concrete measure in the Ministry's cultural policy strategy is to prepare guidelines for taking cultural diversity into account in cultural policy to encourage people with a foreign background to participate in cultural life and to integrate.

Read more

Virtual workshop: Intercultural encounter and dialogue
Ministry of Education and Culture Event 8.6.2020 14.00
Virtual Workshop: Multilingualism, arts and cultural services
Ministry of Education and Culture Event 27.5.2020 14.00
Open online brainstorming on promoting cultural diversity in arts and culture
Ministry of Education and Culture News item 8.5.2020 7.38
Working group to draw up proposals to promote cultural diversity
Ministry of Education and Culture Press release 9.1.2020 12.35