Seminars Mon 19.11.


9:30–11:45 am 

Alternative, pre-selected sub-seminar units 1–5.
Time for questions and discussion has been reserved in each section.

UNIT 1 | We had to leave | MUSKARI ROOM

• Experiences of refugeeship and working with refugees, Riika Huitti-Malka, Project Manager, M. Pol. Sc., teacher, Helinä Rautavaara Museum
What would you take with you if you had to flee your home? You can use active methods to imagine yourself in an asylum seeker’s situation and explore the best methods of the “Turvapaikkana museo” (“Museum as an Asylum”) project of Helinä Rautavaara Museum.
For 20 years, Helinä Rautavaara Museum has provided global education for people of all ages and collaborated with people from refugee backgrounds. The three-year Museum as an Asylum project has been a collaboration of 15 museums, producing various exhibitions, sports, art and handicraft workshops, festivals and other events in various parts of Finland. The aim of the project has been to develop and establish activities in museums aimed at the integration of asylum seekers and immigrants, improving their occupational capacity and supporting active citizenship and well-being. In 2016–2017, almost 8,000 asylum seekers and immigrants participated in the project’s activities.

• “Meidän piti lähteä” (“We had to leave”), illustrator-writer Sanna Pelliccioni
Sanna Pelliccioni is a versatile illustrator, writer and graphic designer who has handled the topics of immigration, equality and emotional skills in several of her books, illustrations and even designs. “Meidän piti lähteä” (“We had to leave”) is a nonverbal book about a journey from the midst of war to safety. In the workshop, Pelliccioni describes the process of creating the book, provides tips for how to read a nonverbal book with children and presents various ideas for workshops connected to the book.

UNIT 2 | Young people on a journey to adulthood | SELLO HALL FOYER

•  Culture Hub Interkult’s children and young people’s theatre group
A performance by Culture Hub Interkult’s children and young people’s theatre group (in Finnish) and experiences of hobby theatre. Interkult’s Myllypuro theatre group has prepared a performance demo that analyses identity through young people’s own experiences. While creating the performance, the group members pondered on the following questions: Who am I? Who defines me? Who would I like to be? What is meaningful to me?

• “The story of a little Yemenite bookworm – representations and agency in the field of Finnish literature”,
Editor-in-chief, Head Teacher Koko Hubara

How to become a writer, translator and editor-in-chief if you barely ever see role models who look like you? How to imagine worlds and stories in a world that rarely tells any stories about brown girls? How to dismantle structures and establish new institutions? Koko Hubara, Editor-in-chief of Ruskeat Tytöt Media, Head Teacher of the RT LIT AKATEMIA writing academy, will tell you.

• Young people and supporting autonomy, Julian Owusu, Regional Artist for Youth Culture
Julian Owusu is a hip-hop dancer who has worked with young people for over 10 years as a dancer, teacher and most recently as Regional Artist for Youth Culture. In my experience as a facilitator of youth culture, the greatest challenge has been to learn how much you can support and guide something without breaking its value in and of itself. How to secure culture as an autonomous phenomenon? Where do art and culture intersect?


UNIT 3 | Encouters – new encounters open new doors and create opportunities to see and do things differently and in new ways

• “Mennään jo naapuriin” (“Let’s go to the neighbours’ already”), author Riina Katajavuori and illustrator Salla Savolainen
In “Mennään jo naapuriin” (“Let’s go to the neighbours’ already”), 8-year-old Vellamo rings doorbells around the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and meets new friends during her journey. The book’s creators describe the process of making the book and the exhibition that resulted from the book and also present an exercise booklet.

• ELO – “Elämyksillä osaksi yhteiskuntaa” (“Becoming part of society through experiences”) project, Coordinator Adwoa Brewu
The ELO project is a joint project of Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Espoo City Library and the Finnish Red Cross. Its aim is to promote participation and interaction between immigrants and the original population. The project develops citizen-oriented operating models for supporting integration using a Multisensory Space.

• Globe Art Point, Managing Director Tomi Purovaara, Globe Art Point and Kolibrí Festival, Andrea Botero
What is Globe Art Point? The unit also includes Globe Art Point’s case study of the Kolibri festival, which is a way to experience Finnish multiculturalism and multilingualism through the eyes of children.

UNIT 4 | New winds |  SMALL MUSIC HALL

• Towards an anti-racist, feminist art field? Sonya Lindfors, Choreographer, Artistic Director of UrbanApa
Discussion, methods and small assignments.

• Representations in children’s literature, Warda Ahmed, Comic Book Artist, Illustrator
The artist talks about the imagery of Finnish children’s literature and its representations and describes her work on the new children’s books she is working on.

• Friends and football, Aref Hussein Mohammadi, association activist
Aref Hussein Mohammadi, a young man from Espoo, founded a football team. Aref will speak about the significance of hobbies, friends and a sense of community as well as the challenges of involvement and activities. He will be interviewed by Valisa Krairiksh, Project Manager and Head of Volunteer & Community Programmes from EJY ry.



UNIT 5 | Speeches and glances | SELLO HALL

• Acknowledge and recognise, Carmen Baltzar, Documentarist and Freelance Writer
We will watch Carmen Baltzar’s short film “Gypsy” about the relations of white Finns with Romani and discuss questions sparked by the documentary as a group.

• Marja Helander, Photographer and Video Artist
Helander speaks of her artistic work and approaches, which are motivated by her Sámi roots, the relationship between man and nature, and modern society, for example. We will also watch the artist’s experimental film “Eatnanvulos lottit – Maan sisällä linnut” (“Eatnanvulos lottit – birds within the earth”).

• What is appropriate? Cultural production and children’s viewpoint(s), Dr.Soc.Sc., Docent/Adjunct Professor Anna Rastas, University of Tampere
 “When people talk about how minorities, cultural diversity and questions of equality or marginalisation should be handled in cultural production, things are defined as either culture or then children’s culture. When people talk about just culture, they often completely forget that children exist. When people talk about children’s culture, the appropriateness of things is evaluated as if children are isolated from the world of adults and young people. My aim is to inspire discussion around these themes by using starting points of critical childhood studies and examples from my research projects on racism, children’s literature, music and museums.” 

ART TESTERS | SELLO LIBRARY, MEETING ROOM | Art Testers coordinator meeting

SELF-DIRECTED | Sello Library, a place of a million meetings

• Self-directed visits to Sello Library whenever suits you.
• The library serves as a versatile arena, personal room and hobby venue.
• The library offers many activities ranging from ukulele workshops to multisensory festivals or language/family cafés, and visitors can attend body maintenance lectures or borrow board games.
• The library features a children’s world, MakerSpace facilities, a Russian-language library and Pointti, a shared youth centre of the library and Youth Services.
• The Silent Books collection is on display during daytime.