Central Finland

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Regional Arts Council

The Arts Council of Central Finland is one of Taike’s regional expert bodies and is responsible for the region of Central 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 Central Finland. It also awards the annual Central 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 Central Finland 2021–22


Mikko Auerniitty, Photographic Artist, Jyväskylä

Other members

Aino Kajaniemi, Textile Artist, Jyväskylä
Pekka Kostiainen, Composer, Choir Director, Jyväskylä
Jarmo Laaksonen, Design Teacher, Vaajakoski
Kristiina Lempiäinen-Trzaska, Visual Artist, Jyväskylä
Hanna Liinoja, Actress, Jyväskylä
Tanja Rasi, Executive Director, Jyväskylä
Ville-Juhani Sutinen, Author, Translator, Jyväskylä 

Presenting Officer

Sari Ilmola, Special Advisor


Raija Backman, Planning Officer

Arts Council of Central Finland 2019–20


Katri Alatalo, Author, Saakoski

Other members

Jonas Hakaniemi, Designer, Jyväskylä
Pekka Kostiainen, Composer, Jyväskylä
Jarmo Laaksonen, Teacher, Jyväskylä
Mikko Hietaharju, Photographer, Jyväskylä
Virpi Lehto, Visual Artist, Joutsa
Hanna Malmivaara-Liinoja, Actress, Jyväskylä
Tanja Rasi, Executive Director (retired), Jyväskylä

Last modified: 15.01.2021


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