The Ministry of Education and Culture has supported the progress of the Percent-for-Art scheme related to new construction and renovation to the value of EUR 1.5 million over the period 2012-2015 by awarding public grants to organisations working in this field as well as through the Arts Promotion Centre. The money dedicated to promoting the scheme has had a significant impact on orders for artistic works, disseminating and increasing awareness of the Percent-for-Art scheme and thus on the income of artists. The state’s investment has stimulated the municipalities and other property developers to get involved. In addition, the Ministry has set up a steering group for the period 2015-2017 to examine and coordinate the Percent-for-Art scheme in public construction work. The role of the steering group is to make proposals for ways to provide incentives and guidance so that at least one percent of the cost of public construction and environmental planning projects is used to acquire public works of art.
A three-year (2016-2018) spearhead project has been launched as part of a strategic government project to expand the Percent-for-Art scheme in cooperation with social and health care. The objective of the spearhead project is to improve accessibility to art and culture and thus promote the well-being effects of art. This will happen by increasing the offer from different fields of art and cultural services as well as their use by the social and healthcare services in their work in patient care for example in hospitals, care of the elderly and child protection. The long-term objective is to get art- and culture-based well-being services to become a permanent part of social and health care structures and the monitoring of well-being.
Artists get employment, patients' accessibility to art and culture will be improved and the well-being effects of art will be enhancecd.
Funding of two million Euros has been reserved for this spearhead project over its three-year duration 2016-2018.