My work in 2016 was part of the Academy of Finland funded research initiative: Artsequal: The arts as public service: Strategic steps towards equality (2015 - 2020), as part of a team investigating the social mechanisms that produce and maintain inequality in Finnish extracurricular arts education (Taiteen Perusopetus). My role has focused particularly on the experiences of Finland's Indigenous Sámi people in accessing or participating in arts education.
Collaboratively designed, implemented, analysed and communicated together with the communities I am working with, this research explores the experiences of over twenty Sámi leaders, educators, and artists' of extracurricular arts education in different areas of Finland. Through their stories, this research seeks new possibilities, visions and pedagogies for the transformation and democratization of arts education in the future.
Sámi Music Academy Utsjoki, Sámi Education Institute
Sámi Archives, Inari
Citysámit Ry, Helsinki
Ms Hildá Länsman
Mr Oula Guttorm