Taikusydän is a multisectoral coordination and communication centre for activities and research among the field of arts, culture and wellbeing in Finland. The objective of Taikusydän is to make arts and culture a permanent part of wellbeing services in Finland. Taikusydän promotes proposals for actions suggested in the closing report of the national Art and Culture for Well-being programme 2010–2014.
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The objective of Taikusydän is to integrate the arts and culture into mainstream health strategy and policy making. In addition, Taikusydän focuses on improving the working possibilities of professional artists and art institutions providing opportunities for artists to develop their practice.
Taikusydän also participates actively in the most important and challenging public reform in Finland’s history: The Health, Social Services and Regional Government Reform. The reform is due to come into force on 1 January 2020. In the reform process Taikusydän with its networks has significant role in shaping the role of culture for promoting health and wellbeing in social and health care.
The Taikusydän project is administrated by Turku University of Applied Sciences. It is funded by the City of Turku, Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the University of Turku. Project activities are carried out with close cooperation with the organizations below:
Arts & Health Research Network
The Finnish Arts & Health Research Network has been founded as part of the Taikusydän initiative. The research network regularly arranges research meetings, workshops and seminars as well as maintains an expert database. During 2018 Taikusydän has taken initiative to create a network of Nordic researches together with Danish, Norwegian and Swedish collaborators. Read more here.
Taikusydän has several regional networks for arts, culture and wellbeing in Finland. The regional networks develop solutions for planning, producing and financing arts and culture in different settings, such as in elderly care, youth work, social work, hospitals and communities.