Development programme for the use of art to promote wellbeing


The developmentprogram has come to an end. The new service is under construction and will start in May 2020.

The objective of this programme was to create a broad and established funding base for art activities that support wellbeing, as well as to make changes to existing structures and attitudes. The goal was to make art a natural part of everyday life. To achieve this goal, the programme aims to increase understanding about the positive effects of art on wellbeing. Consolidating art activities within different sectors of society requires committed partners and effective funding models.

This programme have implemented in part the application of the Finnish Government’s Percent for Art Scheme in the social services and healthcare sector.

The first-ever WHO report on the evidence base for arts and health interventions has been launched in Helsinki, Finland. The Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report maps the global academic literature in English and Russian. It references over 900 publications, including 200 reviews covering over 3000 further studies. As such, the report represents the most comprehensive evidence review of arts and health to date.

The report: What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? A scoping review (2019)



An elderly woman dancing with a younger woman, smiling.
Art brings joy and variation to the day. Photo: Matti Häyrynen

Artistic work in social and healthcare sector | Dance Artist Helena Ratinen, see the videoclip


Taike has provided support and advice for initiating wellbeing activities in the arts and culture. The development programme coordinator was Special Advisor Johanna Vuolasto.


The programme is being implemented during 2015–2019. The reports are in Finnish.


The Final seminar was held in 20th November. See the materials and videoclips (partly in English)

A new report by Dr. Katherine Taylor (June 2018) studies the impact of the work carried out by the Taike team and the success of embedding the wellbeing effects of art in Finland, with the USA as the control. Special attention is paid to the opportunities of utilising art to support mental health. Download the report: Art thou well? Towards creative devolution of mental health in greater Manchester. Dr Katherine Taylor, Clinical Psychologist Fellowship Report, 2018

Viimeksi muokattu: 07.02.2020


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