The heart of arts, culture and well-being in Finland

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.

Taikusydän in a nutshell:

  • Collects and delivers knowledge about good practices, models of operation, projects and research.
  • Informs and promotes multiprofessional networking between experts in the field of arts, culture and wellbeing.
  • Aims to strengthen the cooperation within academic research in the field of arts, health and wellbeing and the practical work that is executed in the various projects to develop evidence-based practice.

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The main activities of Taikusydän:

  • Compile and maintain a databank of information, publications, practices, projects, concepts, education and sound operational models related to the impact of art and culture on well-being
  • Communicate and deliver information on news, research, projects and operators by, for example, publishing a newsletter and being active on social media
  • Coordinate a national network of researchers and promote research of the impact of art and culture on well-being
  • Promote regional and national cooperation
  • Bring operators together and build cooperation in order to distribute sound practices and develop new operational models
  • Act as a development partner in various projects and work groups, organise seminars and workshops and develop the activities of an educator network related to the field of creative well-being
  • Influence decision-making and attitudes. The experts and partners of Taikusydän are also involved in the preparations of the regional government, health and social services reform in work groups operating in various areas.

Taikusydän operates nationally through nine regional networks in the area of 11 counties. The total number of counties in Finland is 18.

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.


Partners

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.


Regional networks

Taikusydän has nine 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. 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 organising and implementing activities related to cultural well-being, the operations of the regional networks differ considerably.

Tasks of the regional networks:

  • maintaining a discourse on cultural well-being and developing cooperation in their area
  • promoting long-term, multidisciplinary cooperation between professionals in the arts, social welfare, healthcare and educational sectors
  • identifying the strengths and development needs of the area
  • engaging their local key operators
  • bringing together people and organisations as well as needs and providers
  • sharing experiences and expertise with their local operators and other regional networks.

Contact:

Anna-Mari Rosenlöf
Project manager
Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences
+358 50 598 5257
Liisa Laitinen
Researchers network project planner
Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences
+35850 468 7263

Picture: Pisamaart / Mari Villanen.
Last update 24.8.2018.