Financial support for participation in culture

Where
Finland
When
2020
Who
The culture for all service
This measure was reported by civil society.
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
The Culture for All Service is a national service offering information, tools and support to cultural operators on questions related to accessibility and diversity of cultural services. The Ministry of Education and Culture finances the Services operations. The Service works together with cultural organisations, professionals and audiences to promote inclusion in the cultural life. The Service has had an active role in projects aimed at, inter alia: • Improving participation of people with fewer financial opportunities in cultural life (Kaikukortti card). The Ministry finances the development of Kaikukortti 2018–2020 with a total of 215 000 EUR. • Supporting the participation of artists and cultural workers of non-Finnish origin or background in Finnish cultural life (Source, see more: Avaus – Opening). Project mapped the employment of foreign-born artists and cultural workers through a study and through job shadowing observation in four arts and culture organizations. Project also organized diversity training for those organisations, which were part of the research. The project was carried out together with the Centre for Cultural Policy Research Cupore and Globe Art Point.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
• Kaikukortti card: o So far, 7 municipalities Espoo, Karkkila, Kemi, Lappeenranta, Lohja, Oulu, Savonlinna and Kainuu region (incl. 8 municipalities) use Kaikukortti on a permanent basis. In addition that 5 municipalities Kauniainen, Kempele, Nivala, Rovaniemi and Vaasa and two regions: Kauhava-Evijärvi-Lappajärvi (3 municipalities) and Central Ostrobotnia + Kruunupyy (8 municipalities) pilot the card. o According to national Kaikukortti statistics in 2018 there were over 4500 Kaikukortti card holders ( 5 municipalities + Kainuu region) and Kaikukortti was used almost 5900 times*. Kaikukortti was used together with a child (under 16 years old) about 760 times. Employees of the card distributers had used community Kaikukortti card while attending together with clients about 160 times.  Demographics: about 1/3 of the card users are 16-34 yrs old and 1/2 are 35-64 yrs old.  2/3 of the card users are women.  1/3 of the card users are on a disability pension because of health reasons or on a long-term sick leave. More than 1/4 of card users are unempoyed.  About 90 % are Finnish speakers.  About half of the card users use Kaikukortti once a year*. About 20 % of the card users use card twice a year and 20 % 3 to 5 times a year. About 10 % used Kaikukortti more than 5 times a year.  * One use of Kaikukortti is for example one visit in a museum/theatre/concert or even one course in an adult education centre.  (More national Kaikukortti statistics in Finnish: http://www.kulttuuriakaikille.fi/doc/Hankkeet/Kaikukortti/Kaikukortin-tilastoja-vuodelta-2018.pdf) o Municipalities use Kaikukortti for example in their welfare reports and equality plans. o Kaikukortti is in TEAviisari (TEAviisari shows the direction of health promotion capacity building in municipalities.) https://teaviisari.fi/teaviisari/en/index? o According to surveys made by Cultre for All Service (2016-2017)  main obstacles not to use Kaikukortti are health issues, lack of company or difficulties to move (lack of transportation or lack of money)  card distributers at social and health care organizations and NGO´s see card as a useful tool to help customer and give social rehabilitation and to provide more diverse services.  cultural actors card say that Kaikukortti is useful tool for client work, and that Kaikukortti is seen to bring new customers and make a positive impact to the image of the organization. o Kaikukortti is having now an digitalization pilot: qr codes for cards and national database to make statistics more easily. o The Kaikukortti model won the Talentia (Union of Professional Social Workers) 2018 Good Practice Award (media release in Finnish). • Kaikukortti serves as a good example of co-development: The Kaikukortti support and development service has built the Kaikukortti model together with actors in the cultural, social welfare, healthcare and wellbeing sectors and the focus group. The model has been revised based on feedback gained on the Kaikukortti pilots and established activities. Project Opening. Becoming an agent in the field of arts and culture in Finland (2017-2019) o The aim of the project (Avaus in Finnish) has been to create models, that support the possibilities of arts and culture professionals with migrant background to become employed by Finnish arts and culture institutions and thus enable their better inclusion into the Finnish society. The project has been a joint project of Culture for All -service, Globe Art Point and the Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore. o As a part of the project, a diversity information pack has been published: http://kulttuuriakaikille.fi/doc/Avaus/Avaus_English_Online.pdf o As a part of the project, a Diversity Agent Course was organized in 2019 for arts and culture professionals who have multicultural backgrounds. 11 agents were trained to help Finnish arts and culture institutions become more diversity-minded. More information about the diversity agents: http://www.kulttuuriakaikille.fi/diversity_agents . o As a part of the project, Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore Cupore has examined the competence, attitudes and willingness of Finnish arts and culture institutions to recruit arts and culture professionals with migrant background. Cupore also examined how diversity is taken into account in the institutions’ professional work and public programs. Cupore’s final research report will be published in 2020. Culture for All Service has completed four surveys to Kaikukortti card holders (n=125), Kaikukortti card distributers at social and health care sector (n=83) and arts and culture organizations within Kaikukortti network (n=48). Besides that project tried to get money for bigger impact study. Some results of the surveys: Kaikukortti card holders: card is welcomed. The card is interesting f.e. it helps to get meaningful experienced to life. Respondents report positive effects on their own quality of life. Card gives faith in a positive future, even when it is not not yet used. Obstacles to use the card is f.e. lack of company and health issues. Social and health care sector: Kaikukortti can support the social rehabilitation of the clients, enhance the clients’ wellbeing, advance the client’s inclusion and actorship, enable new ways of working. Cultural operators: Kaikukortti can f.e. offer an easy and concrete way of promoting equality, enhance the accessibility, bring in new audiences, increase the occupancy rate of performances and activities ”Kaikukortti has helped especially in supporting meaningful life for the clients and had a preventive impact in substance abuse work.” (Employee of social welfare unit). ”From an organization’s perspective, I see Kaikukortti as a possibility to reach new audiences and build up a positive and approachable image.” (Cultural actor in the Kaikukortti network). * from surveys during 2016-2017: * Community card should be in more use to help card holders to participate - students and voluntary workers can also use the community card * In some cities there is wish to have more cultural venues in the Kaikukortti network, for example popular music and movies are on a wish list of many younger card holders. * There is need to make statistics more easily -> Kaikukortti is having now an digitalization pilot and there is need for permanent financing of the data base. * Kaikukortti is one and accessible tool to support municipalities work to promote health and well-being. In the middle of social health services change it is important to ensure that cultural rights will also play a role in promoting health and well-being. * There is need more to collect more feedback. The card is given anonymously and it is not easy to reach the card owners. * There is need for bigger impact study.