Pushing Limits – Children’s Culture & Diversity in Vantaa

Wednesday, September, 22 2021 at Vernissa, 5-7pm

Numerous studies have shown that art and cultural activities strengthen the cultural capital of children, while supporting their identities and capacities to actively participate in society (Arts Equal, 2019).

Why focus this discussion on Vantaa?

It’s simple:Vantaa is Finland’s fourth largest city and the increasing diversity of Vantaa´s population makes it one of the most diverse municipalities in Finland: culturally, linguistically and ethnically.
When it comes to children, Vantaa is currently one of Finland’s most multicultural and diverse municipalities. According to The Finnish Institute of Statistics this diversity is particularly evident among children and young families. The highest percentage of foreign language-speakers registered as Vantaa residents in 2020 can be found among:

  • first childhood 0–6-year-old (30%) and
  • young parents, 30–44 years of age (30%)

How to expand diversity, high-quality and equal accessibility to art and culture activities for all children?

How to affirm diversity and identity through children’s art and culture?

Panellists will share best practices, lessons learned, new ideas that can be applied as well as new questions and challenges to meet. These actors have a key role in pushing the limits in children’s art and culture and many of them are actively working to overcome these challenges. Most of them are working in public institutions and/or in the third sector in Vantaa.

This panel is open to all adults, people such as educators, librarians, artists, scientists, parents with different backgrounds.

Arlene Tucker artist, educator and diversity agent


  • Kaisa Kettunen, Vantaa Children’s Culture Office, director
  • Eeva Hytönen, Vantaan Taidemuseo Artsi, museum pedagogue
  • Warda Ahmed, illustrator, teacher
  • Anna Sidorova, Cultura Säätiö, program director and IBBY-Finland board member
  • Tania Nathan, Vantaan Tyttöjen Tilan NiceHearts ry specialist

Language: English – The panel will have speech-to-text interpretation in English.

Duration: 2h approx.

PRODUCTION: Kulttuurikeskus Ninho ry thanks to the support of City of Vantaa Culture for Children and Youth Office, Pessi Cultural Center and Vernissa.

COORDINATION & INFORMATION: Laura Gazzotti (at)ninho.fi

We speak
2 h

Register for Wednesday 22.09.2021 at 17:00, at Vernissa

Supported by: Svenska Kulturefonden

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