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Seminar on Tuesday 19th February at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Art and Culture - a Component to a City’s Attraction

Seminar on Tuesday 19th February at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pori Art Museum, Lecture Room, 2nd floor



The seminar examines museums, and also regional, national and international art as well as the audiences of arts. It debates in which ways museums can be beneficial to society’s development in the forthcoming decades and what kind of effects will their operations have on municipalities vitality, especially in smaller cities like Pori. How can museums, arts and the cultural sector help the city to create conditions for an enjoyable life and social cohesion? How will museums support the city’s appeal and recognizability nationally and internationally as well as a tourist attraction? What are the most important challenges that museums will face in the coming years, and how should museums challenge and change their principles, values and working methods to meet these developments? What can the city do to support the museum in its mission?


The seminar is part of Finnish Cultural Foundation funded Museum Vision project. Seminar languages are Finnish and English. The seminar is free of charge.


Seminar will be also available live at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwaot9uvhL0



12.00 Opening words. Anni Saisto, Chief Curator, Research Services, Pori Art Museum.


12 – 12.35 Visit Pori’s target group thoughts and their marketing strategy. (In Finnish)

Tiina Lehtonen, Marketing Manager, Visit Pori. Discussion 10 min.


12.45 – 13 30 Latitude and Longitude: the politics of an institution in the middle of the Mediterranean. (In English)

Luigi Fassi, director, MAN_Museo d'arte provincia di Nuoro.

Taking as a starting point the case of MAN, a contemporary art museum located in Sardinia, the presentation will explore the impact of small and mid-scale museums on a local level and their function as catalyst of social development, change and community-making. The speech will investigate how regional art institutions can be organisms for contemporary culture and ecological projects for art, based on the principle of sustainability and on relations between people, their contexts and the art world.

Discussion 10 min.


13.45 – 14.30 How Institutions Think. Paul O'Neill Artistic Director, PUBLICS. (In English)

How institutions think and mobilise ways of thinking and being in the world are issues of fundamental contemporary importance—and one that needs to be addressed from multiple perspectives, and with a new sense of urgency here today and elsewhere. Taking PUBLICS’s concept of ‘parahosting’ as a background example this lecture will explore why institutions of all scales are necessary as part of a codependent culture and the need to support for small to medium scale organisations must be made more apparent.

Discussion 10 min.



15.05 – 16.00 Panel discussion (in Finnish). Sinikka Alenius (City Council, Pori), Henry Merimaa (Visual Artist MA), Eliisa Suvanto (Program Manager, PUBLICS) and Jyri Träskelin (Head of Cultural Unit, City of Pori). Moderator Mirja Ramstedt-Salonen, Head of Education, Pori Art Museum.



COMMUNITY ACTION THEME WEEK 19th to 24th February:

This seminar is part of Pori Art Museum’s Community Action theme week that invites voluntary and community organisations that work with sustainable development, human rights and societal issues to present their activities.  List of participating organisations will be published closer to the date.










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