Dancer Liisa Heikkinen, Utajärvi, immigrants, November 2017, February–May 2018.
A group of five women who moved from Congo and Syria to Utajärvi gathered on four afternoons each week to exercise and relax together with dancer Liisa Heikkinen. The group provided participants the opportunity to meet other immigrant women, use newly learned vocabulary and increase wellbeing through movement and relaxation. The feedback highlighted the importance of togetherness and the spirit-improving effect of enjoyable and meaningful activity that prevented the participants from getting stuck home in front of the television, as one of the participants stated.
The women’s afternoons will continue in the spring of 2018 observing the role of dance-based group activities in integration and communality.
The Murals of the Amppari Youth Centre Workshop
Photographer Martu Väisänen, Vaala, youths, November 2017 and February–May 2018
Dancer Liisa Heikkinen, Utajärvi, immigrants, November 2017, February–May 2018
Art for Employment Paths! Workshop
What art can bring to a young person’s employment path? How art related activities should be organised and what kind of obstacles and possibilities is related to it?
Poet Timo Harju and sociology student Leena Oikarinen, Vaala, immigrants, June 2017
Employment paths of youth at Utajärvi
Employment paths of youth at Vaala