Taikusydän is a multisectoral coordination centre and national network for arts, culture and well-being in Finland. We work towards connecting the people working across this growing and diverse field. The objective of Taikusydän is to make arts and culture a permanent part of well-being 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.
Taikusydän in a nutshell:
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The main activities of Taikusydän:
Taikusydän operates nationally through eleven regional networks in the area of 13 counties. The total number of counties in Finland is 18.
The objective of Taikusydän is to integrate the arts and culture into mainstream health and well-being strategies 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.
The Taikusydän project is administrated by Turku University of Applied Sciences. It is funded by the City of Turku, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the University of Turku, City of Tampere and University of Tampere. 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 eleven regional networks for arts, culture and well-being 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. Each regional network has a local contact person who coordinates the operation of the regional network.
The regional networks include municipalities, cities, educational institutions, hospital districts, artists’ associations, representatives of the social welfare and healthcare sector, third-sector operators, regional councils, art institutes and project representatives. Due to the substantial regional differences in organizing and implementing activities related to cultural well-being, the operations of the regional networks differ considerably.
Tasks of the regional networks:
Picture: Pisamaart / Mari Villanen.
Last update 23.5.2019.