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Speakers and presenters

Keynote speakers

Professor Anne Bamford OBE is Strategic Director of the Education, Culture and Skills for the City of London. Anne has been recognized internationally for her research in arts and cultural education. Through her research, she has pursued issues of innovation, social impact and equality and diversity. A world scholar for UNESCO, Anne has conducted major national impact and evaluation studies for the governments of Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, Hong Kong, Ireland and Norway. Amongst her numerous articles and book chapters, Anne is author of the “Wow Factor: Global research compendium on the impact of the arts in education” which has been published in five languages and distributed in more than 40 countries.

Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, PhD, is Associate Professor in Education, Head of Studies at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, and part of the research cluster “Embodiment, Learning and Social Change,” University of Copenhagen (DK). Charlotte is Co-Editor of the Routledge book series “Dance, Young People and Change” (2015, 2018 and 2020). Currently she is carrying out research in a dance – visual arts project in schools in Cape Town and Copenhagen. She is also collaborator of the Finnish strategic research project “The Arts as Public Service: Strategic Steps towards Equality” (ArtsEqual) 2015-2020. Charlotte has been Executive Board member of Dance and the Child International since 2009, and from 2019 she is Co-Chair of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education linked to UNESCO (ENO).

Opening speakers

Henna Virkkunen
Member of the European Parliament, Chair of Finnish National Commission for UNESCO

Johanna Loukaskorpi 
Deputy mayor, City of Tampere

Tuomo Puumala
State Secretary to the Minister of Science and Culture

Viivi Seirala
Executive director, The Finnish Association for Basic Education in the Arts

Aleksi Valta
Executive director, Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers

Speakers at the parallel sessions

  • Mari Jalkanen
    From a Museum Education Project to a Cultural Education Program
    City of Tampere
  • Anne Karjula
    AvoT – Open Arts Education Model in Early Childhood Education
    Children’s Culture Centre Lastu
  • Riku Laakkonen
    Curious Class – A Lempäälä Case Study
    Cultural Centre PiiPoo
  • Marta Basso
    Planters project
    Conarte internacional
  • Noora Karjalainen
    Building a Solid Path Towards Artistry – Inclusion of Sign Language Children in Art Education
    Ursa Minor
  • Liesbeth Water
    Visual Thinking Strategies, for young people (15-24) with special needs
    Outsider Art Museum Hermitage Amsterdam
  • Jeremy Johnson
    Sensory: Please Touch the Art
    University of Nebraska at Omaha*
  • Joanna Orlik
    Very Young Culture. Successful systemic program for culture education
    Malopolska Culture Institute in Krakow
  • Lígia Ferro & João Lopes
    Is the city children’s business? Thinking about the implementation of children’s rights to urban culture
    Arts Faculty, Porto university
  • Jolita Bečienė
    Culture Passport – an instrument for the development of children cultural competencies
    Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Aron Weigl
    Worldwide cultural rights for children. Arts education as a challenge of transcultural relations
    EDUCULT, Austria
  • Collette Brownlee
    ”Cool,very fun and kind.” Children’s views matter in museums.
    Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
  • Beatriz Barreiro Carril
    The Charter of Cultural Rights of Children: Law, Arts and Literature
    Rey Juan Carlos University
  • Sian James
    Creative learning through the arts – an inclusive entitlement for all children in Wales
    Arts Council of Wales
  • Auni Tuovinen
    Children with disabilities and participation in Cultural Education Plan; case Saarinen Special School
    Childrens culture center ARX
  • Hanna Kamensky & Hanna Backer Johnsen
    Enhancing the fulfilment of children’s cultural rights in Finnish Basic Education in the Arts
    The University of the arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy
  • Tommi Nevala
    Stop motion animation as a tool for self-expression among children with special needs
    City of Oulu, Valve Film School for Children
  • Tiia-Mari Mäkinen
    Chickenshed Theatre – Theatre Changing Lives
    Chickenshed Theatre, United Kingdom
  • Ulla Hokkanen
    ‘Wires crossed – A Balancing Act for Europe’
    Galway Community Circus
  • Annina Ylikoski
    Binding together the past and the present
    The Ostrobothnian Children’s Culture Network BARK
  • Kaisa Kettunen & Mihye Lim
    Partnership under construction – Developing arts education together in Helsinki and Seoul
    City of Helsinki, Annantalo Arts Centre &
  • Anna Rastas
    Safer spaces for all the children. Cultural production and the neglect of children’s perspectives in multiethnic societies.
    University of Tampere
  • Gerhard Jäger
    Implementation of Children’s Cultural Rights : Whose Responsibility ? Plea for an Arts-Integrated Curriculum
    Art Basics for Children / ABC – Belgium
  • Marianna Lehtinen & Aura Linnapuomi
    Every child’s right – Case project SATA2
    City of Tampere & Culture for all
  • Anu Laukkanen
    Discourses of accessibility in art education and health services
    University of Turku
  • Malena Janson
    Is children’s cinema really every child’s cinema? Representation and ideology of contemporary Swedish children’s cinema
    Stockholm University
  • Kaisa Laaksonen
    Children’s right to culture in children’s fiction in Finland
    Lastenkirjainstituutti / Finnish Institute for Children’s Literature
  • Rosamaría Bolom
    Art and Children’s rights. How art can improve a positive dialogue between children and youth?

Art Testers

  • Anu-Maarit Moilanen
    Welcome “200 000 Art testers on the move!”
  • Tarja Pääjoki
    Art Testers Research. “Co-operation between schools and arts institutions in Art Testers project.”
  • Sofia Laine & Maaria Hartman
    Art Testers Research. “Young people testing art. A study on the effects of the Art Testers initiative on young people.”
    The Finnish Youth Research Network, Helsinki, Finland
  • Anton Schalin
    Art Testers Research. “Literature review and preliminary results from Swedish-speaking youth’s interviews.”

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