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Regional Arts Council

The Arts Council of Southeast Finland  is one of Taike’s regional expert bodies and is responsible for the region of Southeast Finland.

The arts council makes decisions regarding the awarding of Taike’s regional grants and grants for children’s culture to artists in the region of Southeast Finland. It also awards the annual Southeast Finland Art Prize. In addition, as an expert body of Taike, it participates in strategy work and provides expert opinions.

The members and chair of the arts council are appointed by the Central Arts Council for two-year terms. Members of other state and regional arts councils, as well as outside experts, may also participate in the peer reviews of grant applications.

Arts Council of Southeast Finland 2021–2022


Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, Visual Artist, Ruotila (1.1.-31.12.2022)
Iiris Rannio, Director, Theatre Director, Lappeenranta (1.1.-31.12.2021)

Other members

Jomi Fagerström, Director of Education, Kouvola
Jouni Hiltunen, Documentary Film Director, Kuusankoski
Ville Huhtanen, Visual Artist, Imatra
Hanna Koikkalainen, Photographic Artist, Imatra
Vilma Ilmari Putro, Actress, Lappeenranta (1.1.-31.12.2022) 
Maaria Päivinen, Author, Kotka
Wiljami Salminen, Musician, Kotka

Presenting Officer

Laura Pajunen, Planning Officer (until 16.9.2022)

Lea Halttunen, Special Advisor


Sini Paloheimo Voutilainen, Planning Officer

Arts Council of Southeast Finland 2019–2020


Mikko Holm, Jewellery Artist, Lappeenranta

Deputy Chairperson

Mika Kallio, Musician, Kouvola

Other members

Jorma Fagerström, Director of Education, Kouvola
Ulla-Maija Järnstedt, Actress, Imatra
Mika Kempas, Rector, Kotka
Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, Visual Artist, Kouvola
Iiris Rannio, Theatre Director, Lappeenranta
Minna Rissanen, Visual Artist, Kouvola

Last modified: 25.04.2022


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