The Association represents 31 Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers.
In Finland, the cultural centres for children have a long tradition of networking and mutual support. Since the early days of networking, the staff of the various centres have met to exchange ideas and develop cooperation in the child culture field nationwide.
The Association of Finnish Children's Cultural Centers works toward advancing the operation of professional cultural centres for children and teenagers in Finland; promotes competences in the field of children’s culture as well as its visibility nationwide. It also coordinates Finland's biggest arts campaign aimed at youth, Taidetestaajat (Art testers). Together with CERADA (Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts), the Association founded the Finnish Observatory of Arts Education in Finland in 2017. The Association has expertise in networking, cultural education plans, implementing children's cultural rights, enhancing inclusion in arts and cultural education, policy and advocacy operations. Its values are quality, equality, child-orientation and art. The Association is bilingual and operates in Finnish and Swedish.
Why did the Association of Finnish Children's Cultural Centers join the ENCC?
The Association and its members are more and more engaging in international activities. The Association organises international projects and events together with its member centres and other stakeholders. The main focus in international cooperation lies in the members’ professional development and adoption of new practices as well as making Finnish know-how more known.
Joining the ENCC is an opportunity to strengthen its European and international network and learn from each other. The ENCC gives the cultural operators at children’s cultural centers a platform to seek partnerships and possibilities to build the capacity of its staff.