The goal of Summer of the Arts: The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s project Summer of the Arts is looking for newly graduated art professionals. We want to offer the opportunity for people to see the work of newly graduated art professionals all over Finland. In this way, we can celebrate new art professionals, offer people a solution to their cultural hunger, and support newly graduated young people. The goal is to engage multidisciplinary arts all across the country.

The target audience: The work can be shown in a coronavirus safe way to small audiences outdoors - for example, to children playing in a playground or in a yard to residents of a care home. Alternatively, there is also an opportunity to create a high quality recording that will be delivered as a gift to the target audience. The works are to be realised throughout Finland. The creators are encouraged to take their works to people who deserve to be touched by art. As a gift from Finnish art life.

Who can participate: During these coronavirus times (2020-2021), the search is open to graduates in the field of art, from supper secondary schools to masters of art. It is genre free. The creators of the selected works will be paid a fee of 1250 euros for the realisation of their works. The search is for individual artists, and not for workgroups.

Participation guidelines: To participate in Summer of the Arts, creators should, primarily, provide a max. 5 minute video application or max. 2000 character application, which must indicate 1. The name of the applicant, 2. To whom the work is to be presented or given, ie., the target group, and 3. In which locality is the work targeted towards. In addition, we also recommend a description of the kind of work you would do, what its duration would be, or how the work will be presented. You can also tell about yourself and your art. If you apply with a video application, please upload your video to YouTube (or some other platform). Give us your video URL and the possible password for it in the application form.

About the selection criteria: In the selections, we will emphasize the identification of the target group and, in general, public relations, nationality and feasibility. Other selection criteria include health safety, equality of creatorship and diversity of content. The selection is made by a multi-professional jury.

Schedule: Application period 19.4.−12.5. The selected works will be made public on 31.5. Realisation of the works 1.6.−30.9.2021.

The Summer of the Arts distributes art gifts throughout Finland

The Summer of the Arts project, funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, offers a summer work project for 100 newly graduated art professionals. It provides people throughout Finland with the opportunity to see the work of newly graduated art professionals.

"We want to show the way and encourage other communities to buy art now, while there is a gradual opportunity to do so. At the same time, we also support young, hard-working professionals who are preparing for a difficult labour market situation with concrete job opportunities by providing them with a summer job project. We hope that art will touch and be relevant to people. The goal is to attract multidisciplinary art that is available throughout the country", says Juhana Lassila from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

The situation of art professionals has been grueling throughout the coronavirus period. For recent graduates, the situation is particularly difficult, as in the performing arts, for example, many productions have been postponed so that new creators do not have the opportunity to work in the usual way, even if the restrictions end.

"The culture and arts field welcomes new creators. You are valuable and interesting. Your talents and thoughts are needed", Lassila concludes.

Art lovers have missed out a great deal. We encourage recent graduates to think about who they would like to touch with their art. Both the audience and the creators need each other. The selections will emphasize the identification of the target group and, in general, public relations, nationality and feasibility. The works can be shown in a coronavirus safe manner to small audiences outdoors - for example, children playing in a playground or in a yard to residents of a care home.

The project will continue from the beginning of June to the end of September. The application is open from 19 April to 12 May. The main organizer of the project is KULTA ry - a Central Organization for Finnish Culture and Arts Association

More information:

Eetu Kevarinmäki, Communications Coordinator of KULTA ry - a Central Organization for Finnish Culture and Arts Association eetu.kevarinmaki@kulttuurijataide.fi, 040 048 3381

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