Lähde! Empowering daily life with art

Lähde! brings art as a part of social and health services in Oulunkaari! Primary organiser of the project is Oulunkaari joint authority and co-organiser KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre. The project is related to ESF funding policy 5, Social inclusion and combating poverty and to specific objective 10.1. Improving the ability of those outside employment to work and function. The project is funded by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Northern Ostrobothnia from the European Social Fund with €352,000, Oulunkaari joint authority with €81,000 and KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre / Ii-instituutti learning centre / the municipality of Ii with €10,000, the overall budget being approx. €443,000. Duration of the project is 3 years, February 20, 2017 – February 19, 2020.

The objectives of the project

The main objective of the project is to prevent social exclusion and promote wide-ranging welfare using the means of arts and culture. The objective is to carry out high-quality artistic pursuits with 45 months of work by artists and 10 art projects. There will be organised 9 joint development workshops utilising the methods of service design as well as training for social and health employees.

Operational models created during the project

  • Integrating the arts into social and health services
  • Promoting the employment paths of young people through the means of art
  • Promoting the employment paths of immigrants through the means of art
  • The welfare park concept
  • Concepts combining art in public spaces with welfare
  • Social arts residence, permanent and pop-up concepts
Primary target groups of the project
  • youths at risk of social exclusion (aged 16–29)
  • immigrants
  • intellectually and/or physically disabled people
  • people recovering from psychiatric problems

The activities will also involve professionals from the social and health sector, arts professionals and residents of the municipalities.


The core aspects of the Lähde! project are inclusion and empowerment, cooperation between arts and social and health sector professionals, joint development through service design methods, structural development and high-quality artistic processes.

Pictures on the web site: Jaani Föhr, Sanna Juutinen, Leena Oikarinen, Taija Sailio, Martu Väisänen, Inka Hyvönen


Contact information

Merja Männikkö
Project Manager
Arja Packalén
Project Coordinator
Inka Hyvönen
Expert Coordinator