Would you like to know how to make your work environment or project more diverse and inclusive? Would you like your institution to be more diversity-minded?
Diversity Agents are a network of arts and culture professionals who have multicultural backgrounds, strategic diversity skills as well as knowledge and experience of the work ethic in Finland. In addition, they have extensive creative and problem-solving skills and the ability to communicate information in an engaging and constructive way.
"As Diversity Agents, we recognize the inherent value of diversity of all forms within art and culture institutions. We also identify the intersectionality and different interpretations of the concept of diversity. Much more than a buzzword, diversity encompasses a radical way to rethink administration, management, curatorial process, content, language, workspace and public engagement. Plurality of ideas, cultural backgrounds, personal experiences and alternative narratives in various fields such as the arts and social sciences is highly celebrated within our community. We encourage art institutions to consider themselves as spaces of hospitality and care and hope they are able to reflect the multiplicity of our societies. As welcoming hosts, art and culture institutions can create a much more engaging cultural experience for their audience. We believe inclusiveness is the key to cultivating a wider audience for cultural activities but also can help local institutions establish an international presence."
The agents on this list are arts and culture professionals with special expertise and training in the field of diversity. They have participated in the Diversity Agent Course run by Culture for All, Globe Art Point and the Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore in 2019. Working with them will require the commitment of your resources in terms of time and money. Please contact the agents directly to find out about possible modes of cooperation and fees.
Graduation Party of the Diversity Agent Course, December 2019. Back row from left to right: Sadjad Shokoohi, Pablo Alvarez, Laura Gazzotti, Anastasia Artemeva, Kemê Pellicer, Daria Agapova, Tatiana Solevieva, Ilaria Tucci. Front row from left to right: Arlene Tucker, Martina Marti (course coordinator), Sheung Yiu.
Our Diversity Agents have so far collaborated with:
Arts Promotion Center Finland / Taiteen edistämiskeskus
Children Culture Office, Helsinki City / Helsingin kulttuuritoimi, lastenkulttuuri
Children Culture Office, Vantaa City / Vantaan kulttuuritoimi, lastenkulttuuri
Cultural Center Caisa / Kulttuurikeskus Caisa
Children Centre Pessi, City of Vantaa / Lastenkulttuurikeskus Pessi, Vantaan kaupunki
Cultura Foundation / Cultura-säätiö
EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art / EMMA Espoon modernin taiteen museo
Finnish National Museum / Kansallismuseo
Globe Art Point
HAM Helsinki Art Museum / HAM Helsingin taidemuseo
Hanaholmen Culture Center / Hanasaaren ruotsalais-suomalainen kulttuurikeskus
Helmet Libraries, Espoo / Helmet-kirjastot, Espoo
Helmet Libraries, Vantaa / Helmet-kirjastot, Vantaa
Helsinki City / Helsingin kaupunki
Kone Foundation / Koneen Säätiö
Kotka City / Kotkan kaupunki
Kulttuurikeskus Ninho ry (NINHO)
Kuopio City Orchestra / Kuopion kaupunginorkesteri
Ministry of Education and Culture / Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö
Prison Museum / Vankilamuseo
Saimaa-ilmiö 2026 / The Saimaa Phenomenon 2026