Pori Centre for Children´s Culture

Pori Centre for Children´s Culture offers workshops and happenings for children, young people, families, fathers, mothers and grandparents. The centre also organizes training, seminars, exhibitions and is present in various different happenings and festivals as a partner. The nurseries, the child health clinics, parental clinics and schools are important places for the centre’s operations. The operation is built by listening to the voice and needs of children and young people. Pori Centre for Children´s Culture supports the cultural rights of children and young people, produces and communicates the cultural capital and enhances the accessibility of versatile and high-quality cultural services. The staff of Pori Centre for Children´s Culture consists of professionals in different fields of art. The centre does not have facilities of its own but it operates within a network of various partners.


Art activities in early childhood
The Experiential Colour Workshop for Babies is a visual workshop developed in Pori Centre for Children´s Culture for families with babies. The workshop proceeds from experiencing, feeling and discovering art, materials, colours and light all the way to a self-produced imprint. The imprints, visual gestures and activity made by babies are considered significant and important. Pori Centre for Children´s Culture organizes The Experiential Colour Workshop for Babies both weekly and on weekends, as well as tailored special colour workshops for different age and target groups. The Experiential Colour Workshop for Babies –Mentor Training is organized annually, primarily for professionals in visual arts but also for workers in the field of education and family work.  


Kultane combines art, culture and child health clinic work into a new kind of clinic concept. Kultane, the art and culture –oriented health clinic which supports the welfare of families with children, has operated in the East Pori child health clinic since 2014. The operating model of Kultane is based on The Experiential Colour Workshop for Babies developed in Pori Centre for Children´s Culture. The art-based work method is a solid part of the health clinic work for example in the family training for the couples expecting for their first and during the group meeting at the health clinic for the six months old babies.
Pori Centre for Children´s Culture produces other early childhood education art services in cooperation with e.g. Early Childhood Education and Care Department and Pori Art Museum. The children and their supervisors from the local nurseries and family day care can visit free of charge in the weekly, contemporary art –related workshops directed by artists. In addition to that, entities directed by artists which realize e.g. public art, are organized in nurseries, family day care facilities or in other premises. Special group work is carried out in cooperation with early childhood education, health and hospital services and family and social services.


Exhibitions and public works
Pori Centre for Children´s Culture implements different exhibitions with artists, children, families or other communities. Many of the exhibitions are orderable and feasible in different spaces from museums and galleries to schools and atypical exhibition venues. The exhibitions can be fitted in addition to the actual showrooms into many public spaces such as swimming baths, offices, libraries, schools etc. Pori Centre for Children´s Culture has realized numerous public works of art in urban spaces. The works have been carried out as a cooperation between the artists and the children for example in many nurseries and schools.


Activities for schools
Pori Centre for Children´s Culture implements a wide range of artistic and cultural contents for schools and school groups. The aim is to support the equality of students and schools and equal opportunities for cultural rights The City of Pori has implemented for example a cultural curriculum, Pori Cultural Path, by which the city’s distinctive cultural offerings are in a better use of teachers.  
Pori Centre for Children´s Culture goes alongside the children on the Pori Cultural Path especially with the fifth-graders, to whom are offered artist visits during their everyday school life. The opportunities to practice various forms of art are supported through the special projects (Kärkikerho) of Ministry of Education and Culture. Taidetestaajat - the Art Testers is the eighth class of the whole Finland -covering art project and Satakunta province’s share in the project is coordinated by Pori Centre for Children´s Culture.

 

Contact information:
Director Päivi Setälä | paivi.setala@pori.fi | 044 701 1086
Art activities in early childhood | Sanna Pajunen-Kyynäräinen | sanna.pajunen@pori.fi | 044 701 9767
Exhibitions and public works | Kirsi Jaakkola | kirsi.jaakkola@pori.fi | 044 701 9018
Activities for schools | Katri Tella | katri.tella@pori.fi | 044 701 4416 |
Art Testers | Outi Lähteenlahti | satakunta@taidetestaajat.fi | 044 701 4415