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Youth Learning Through Arts

Youth Learning Through Arts

Youth Learning Through Arts is an Erasmus+ strategic partnership project led by The Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers.

Youth Learning Through Arts project started in spring 2021. Our official project partners are The Finnish Nature League (Finland), Pionirski Dom – Center for youth culture (Slovenia) and Association for culture and education IMPRO (Slovenia), and Malopolski Instytut Kultury w Krakowie MIK (Poland) and art center Cricoteka (Poland). All organisations share values and missions and are destined to enhance the implementation of children’s cultural rights as stated in the UN article of children’s rights, article 31. 

Workshops with arts based methods

Project produced six workshops with arts based methods for youth and youth organisations in three countries. Arts methods were taught in pedagogical manner to the participating youth organisations’ youth workers so they can be used in the future. Workshop sessions were filmed and documented, and hence produced for other organisations to use.

Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers as an applicant was responsible for the management of the project and produced two arts based workshops for Finnish Nature League’s youth groups: Environmental youth work through arts. 

MIK and Cricoteka produced two arts based workshops for youth with disabilities and youth workers: Participative and accessible workshop for youth with disabilities. 

Pionirski dom and Association IMPRO produced two arts based workshops for youth, youth workers and teachers: Youth learning through improvisational theatre. 

Project started new European interaction with partner organisations and professionals of youth and cultural operators in participating countries as art educators and youth workers took part in three learning activities. In these learning activities of the project, art educators and youth workers worked together with colleagues from other countries. 

Published methods are free for everyone

Collective outcomes of the project are three pedagogical Ebooklets created, one in each country. Via these Ebooklets, other arts educators and youth workers can take up the methods presented. Ebooklets are published and are free for everyone to view and put to practice in their own actions.

Project results are communicated in partners own communication channels, national multiplier events by each partner and in an European multiplier event in Brussels. An open seminar highlighted results of the project and further actions will be planned. Seminar was open to all MEPs of partner countries, key personnel of European Commission etc.

Need for this project was obvious: there are only few mobility programs for children’s or youth cultural operators in Europe and this project showed how much can be done with well planned and structured actions. 

The guide book for reactive eco-crisis art practise

“All possible people and means are needed to stop the eco-crisis! Can frustration and concern about the eco-crisis be transformed into action and positive change through art? What is eco-crisis art action like? This guide explains how art can be used to change thinking and actions related to the eco-crisis.”

The handbook for theatre improvisation

Youth Learning through Arts of Theatre Improvisation – Handbook for Youth Workers and Pedagogues.

Publishers: Pionirski dom – Center za kulturo mladih and Društvo za kulturo in izobraževanje IMPRO

The Art of Diversity in Culture Education

This publication presents a set of tips
on what attitudes, activities, and tools to use to start
working in an accessible way.

Publisher: Małopolska Institute of Culture in Krakow

The YLTA Paper

What should be done now? In the paper, we are suggesting innovative methods to increase and ease the use of arts as a tool for youth work.

Youth Learning Trough Arts final seminar presentations

Ninni Pehkonen and Andrea Puscasu
Aleksi Valta
Maarit Mäkinen
Heidi Rantanen
Tomasz Włodarski

Video materials of the project


You will find more Youth Learning Through Arts videos (incl. interviews) on Youtube channel of The Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers.

Contact person:
Ninni Pehkonen
Project coordinator
+358 40 800 7296
ninni.pehkonen (at) lastenkulttuuri.fi

The European Commission is not responsible for the content of publications of this project.

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