​Artsequal is a large consortium (funded for 2015 – 2020 by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland), in which the Research Center for Culture and Health is one of the partners.

The overarching objective of the Artsequal project is to create and establish a new systemic perspective to fully utilize the social and ethical value of the arts in society, especially to study the multilevel impacts of the arts on health and well-being. This view is a multidisciplinary and context-sensitive, connectivity-seeking and multi-methodological discourse that takes equality and equal accessibility to arts as a strategic criteria in developing basic services in Finland.

To be sustainable, art and cultural organisations must be able to provide value that is recognised by the different stakeholders in society. When analysing the impact and value of arts for sustainable solutions from the perspective of equality, all three will be considered. Whilst being strongly policy-driven, the project has an ambitious theoretical aim. From these starting points, the consortium shares the following research questions:

  1. What mechanisms in Finnish basic services in arts and arts education sustain unequal participation and, assuming equality as the starting point, how should practices in basic services in arts and arts education be changed?
  2. What impacts can be found in new participatory practices for well-being at large?
  3. How can the arts and arts education be theorized from a wider societal-significance perspective towards creating equality, and what political and policy consequences arise from such a shift of perspective?

Two post doc scholars start work in this project for 2015 – 2018.