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This is art testers

Art Testers is the largest culture education program in Finland, offering all 8th graders and their teachers 1–2 annual visits in esteemed cultural institutions. Our program reaches over 65,000 people annually in all Finnish municipalities. The attractions and the number of visits vary according to the funding of our program.

The core goal of our program is to offer young people experiences in art and to find them tools to form well-versed opinions on their experience. What did they think? Would they revisit?

Look at some reviews from art visits by 8th graders here.

According to the feedback received from young people, we learn together with the Finnish cultural institutions about how to meet the needs of young people in planning the content and especially improving the audience work in the organisations. From an educational viewpoint, we want to offer teachers opportunities and support on how to utilise art: the role of the teacher is significant in making an 8th grader’s art experience successful.

The Art Testers program is produced by the Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centres. The program was initiated in the school years 2017–2020 by our main financer, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, followed by The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. In fall 2020, the Ministry of Education and Culture joined in by the decision of the Parliament.


How do teachers and students benefit from art testing?

The funders of the Art Testers program commit an average expenditure of 40–100 EUR per student on an art visit. In total, the expenditure on the Art Testers program is 3–7 MEUR per school year. But what exactly do students and teachers get from art testing? And how is the program connected to the national curriculum?
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Back-to-school Greetings from Art Testers Office in Tampere

It is the start of the fifth year of Art Testers. Thursday, 26 August, a school year kick-off info will be organised online from 9.30 to 11 AM. The info will mainly be concerned with the COVID situation but will also feature the basics of the programme as well as provide the schedules for the cultural institutions.
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Meet our new Communications Planner

August 2, 2021, Heidi Rantanen (M.A.) started her work as Communications Planner for the Art Testers. In the future, Heidi will be in charge of the communications for Art Testers, supporting Manager Mr Joonas Keskinen and the Art Testers’ national coordination team.
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Did you know?

Art Testers was launched by the Finnish Cultural Foundation in the school years 2017–2020 as an act of gratitude towards children and the youth. Upon establishing the foundation over eighty years ago, 30,000 elementary school students gathered the starting capital by raising money door-to-door.

In the school year 2021–2022, a record number of participants have joined in: close to 69,000 students and teachers, as well as 73 cultural institutions across the country! Our goal is to offer two arts experiences to every 8th grader in their own or neighbouring region.

According to a survey, only five per cent of middle schools could have been able to go on an art visit without Art Testers. Accessible, high-quality art is the right of all children and young people: it helps prevent social exclusion and supports the development of emotional skills.

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