Avaus - Opening. Becoming an agent in the field of arts and culture in Finland
Avaus - Opening. Becoming an agent in the field
of arts and culture in Finland is a project which supports the participation
of artists and cultural workers of non-Finnish origin or background in the
Finnish arts and culture scene. The project is carried out together with the
Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore and Globe Art Point, and it is supported
by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Agency for Education.
Finnish society is diverse. This means that there are different people living and working in Finland, belonging to diverse groups such as language and cultural minorities. It is also up to the Finnish arts and cultural field to react to this reality. How can foreign-born artists continue their artistic career in Finland? How can cultural workers from different minorities influence what is happening in the Finnish arts and cultural field? How do arts and cultural institutions open up their doors to people of different backgrounds not just as audiences but particularly also as agents?
The project Avaus (Opening) maps the employment of foreign-born artists and cultural workers through a study by the Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore and through job shadowing observation carried out by the Culture For All Service. Globe Art Point supports the project as an expert in questions related to the equality and integration of foreign-born artists and cultural workers.
During the project job shadowing observation was carried out in four national and/or state-subsidized cultural institutions to understand how diversity is taken into consideration and what obstacles to inclusion there may be. Based on the research the project aims to develop creative, participatory education packages with which obstacles to participation can be made visible and the competences of professionals of non-Finnish origin or background better recognized and acknowledged.
In 2018, the project Avaus organized diversity training for the arts and cultural organizations which were part of the research. In 2019, the project carried out a Diversity Agent Course for cultural workers of non-Finnish origin or background. The aim of the course was to offer tools for developing diversity in the arts and culture sector.
Insights gained during the project and some preliminary results of the research by Cupore were presented in a seminar organized by Globe Art Point in May 2019. Cupore’s final research report will be published in early 2020.
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