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UniArts Research Results in Free Hobby for all Finnish Children

18 June 2020

Children in Finland will be entitled to a free hobby activity thanks to funding from the Finnish government. The main aim of the initiative is to increase wellbeing among children and young people. Each child will have access to an engaging hobby activity either before or after school at no extra charge.

This new initiative is the result of a research partnership between The Observatory for Arts and Cultural Education Finland, founded by ELIA member, Uniarts Helsinki and the Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centres, a collaboration network between different universities and other stakeholders. It emphasises the importance of child-oriented and accessible recreational activities which are of high pedagogical quality.
A large portion of this research was produced and managed by Professor Eev Anttila from Uniarts Helsinki her team of researcher from ArtsEqual Research Initiative – the largest research project in the field of the arts to have taken place in Finland.

Anttila has done extensive research on the effects of art as part of the school day. She and her research group Arts@School have also produced research-informed policy recommendations for decision-makers on different levels of society.

It is a great pleasure to see that our research-informed policy briefs and collaboration with carefully selected interaction partners generate concrete results that contribute towards equality, creativity and wellbeing in society,” says Kai Lehikoinen, Director of Uniarts Helsinki’s CERADA and Vice Director of ArtsEqual.

Anttila and her team stand by several studies that have shown that the arts and cultural education can strengthen the cultural capital of young people and support their capacity to actively participate in society.

There is no doubt this is a great breakthrough which will be of immeasurable benefit to the children taking part. We congratulate all the arts researchers on their wonderful achievement. 

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