Arctic Arts Summit
Rovaniemi, Finland, 4-5 June 2019
The Arctic as a Laboratory for sustainable art and cultural policy
The Arctic region is changing rapidly. On the one hand, ecological, cultural, social and economical changes pose challenges for well-being and sustainable development and on the other hand, some of the changes also create new possibilities. In the Arctic Arts Summit 2019 the challenges and circumstances in the Arctic are seen as 'laboratory' in which sustainable art and cultural policy is developed in collaboration with all of the Arctic counties. Artists and representatives of art and cultural policy will discuss the theme and promote circumpolar collaboration. The event will be the second Arctic Art Summit: the first one was arranged in Harstad, Norway, in 2017.
The key aim of the Arctic Arts Summit 2019 is to support art and cultural sectors in the circumpolar collaboration. We need to recognize, develop and promote sustainable and responsible models of action, long term planning, infrastructure in the creative field and cooperation in education. The indigenous art and cultural policy as well as interdisciplinary research on the impact of the art and culture are essential themes of the summit.
The art program of the event includes exhibitions, concerts and performances. The art program will be produced by the art institutions and organizations in Lapland in collaboration with their Arctic partners. The main exhibition will be shown in the Art Museum of Rovaniemi. It will be curated and produced in collaboration with the museum, the Artists´Association of Lapland and curators´collective Pikene på Broen.
The University of Lapland is the lead organization for the arrangement of the Arctic Arts Summit 2019. The Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, the Arts Promotion Center Finland, Sámi Parliament, the Regional Council of Lapland and the University of Arctic form the steering group of the summit. In Rovaniemi, the main local organizations that are involved in the planning of the Summit are the Arts Promotion Centre Finland – The Regional Office of Lapland, the city of Rovaniemi, the University of Arctic, the Artists Association of Lapland and Rovaniemi-Lapland Congresses.
For more information, please contact:
Timo Jokela, University of Lapland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomi Aho, Arts Promotion Centre Finland – The Regional Office of Rovaniemi / Lapland, email@example.com
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