Last year, the member organisations of the Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers produced nearly 25 000 different types of content, including workshops, performances, and exhibitions. The need to meet people face to face was reflected in children’s arts and culture activities. Online content was just over 1000 pieces this year, or 4% of all content, compared to 26% in 2021. Children’s arts and culture content was produced in a total of 232 municipalities across Finland.
Overall, the member organisations of the Association reached more than 1.5 million people with their activities, of which just over 1 million were children. In addition, 143 715 eighth graders and their teachers participated in the Art Testers programme in 2022. There were 78 Art Testers in total.
At the beginning of 2022, 152 Finnish municipalities had a cultural education plan in place. As a result of development projects by the Finnish Association of Children’s Cultural Centres and its member organisations, 214 municipalities had cultural education plans by the end of 2022. By the end of the year, 69% of all Finnish municipalities had cultural education plans in place.
Sustainability has become a permanent feature of children’s arts and culture activities, as evidenced by the fact that 22 of the 36 member organisations reported having a sustainability certificate, such as the HINKU network, the Green Flag, the OKKA Foundation and the EcoCompass.
International cooperation was carried out by 12 member organisations in Belgium, Spain, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, and Spain. In addition, the Association also cooperated on its own international projects in Poland, Hungary, Serbia, and the Nordic countries.
Six organisations had adopted the Achievable Art Label, a communication tool for art professionals. Above all, it is an attitude label that shows the operator’s willingness to support all children in their artistic pursuits.
At the end of 2022, the Finnish Association of Children’s Cultural Centres had a total of 36 members. The statistics are based on the responses of 33 member organisations. The statistics are part of the Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers’ activity report.