The Art Initiative (Kunstløftet)

Arts Council Norway
Key objectives of the measure:

To develop interesting and relevant art projects for children and youth, and to enhance and strengthen the quality, acknowledgement of and general interest for art and art products for young people. Art directed towards children and youth should have an increased role in the public sphere.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

Grants are allocated to various projects according to three strategies: supporting artists and various projects based on applications; developing knowledge and discourse based on edited websites and newspapers; and, finally; by special initiatives targeted at stimulated areas of interest (such as interactivity and participation); that projects and arts criticism for young people might challenge norms, mechanisms of power and public perceptions of arts for children and young people.

1150 applications have been received. Out of these, 352 applications within a wide variety of artistic art forms and genres, have received funding.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

A gradual increase of artistic quality and a greater appreciation of arts and arts products for children and young people, as well as a stimulated general interest for arts in children and young people.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

A total of USD 7 009 345 (NOK 60 million) has been granted from the Norwegian Cultural Fund, cf. Norway's first report, between 2008 and 2015.

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

This scheme has been evaluated twice, by the same research institution. The main conclusion of the evaluations were that the scheme was largely successful according to its objectives. The evaluations also found certain challenges, such as the Art Initiative's ambitious goal of developing and building the knowledge about, and status of, arts and culture for children and young people. There were also challenges relating to the variety of approaches and art forms for children and young people.



Indicators used to determine impact:
Assessing the appropriateness of the Art Initiative as a mode of working to realise the objective of developing professional art for children and young people, and its achievements in contributing to the development of further knowledge about the quality dimension in art for children and young people. Assessing the relevance of the Art Initiative for children and young people, in light of changes in society and contemporary challenges; and assessing the Art Initiative as a contributor to increased knowledge about the interest and prestige of art for children and young people.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)