• AREFS taide ja kultuuri ry is located in Haukivuori in rural Finland and organizes and supports art and culture projects

AREFS taide ja kulttuuri ry
AREFS art and culture association

  • Savon Radan ryhmä organizes activities along the historical Savo line


The board of AREFS taide ja kulttuuri ry in 2012:
Matti Karttunen - chairman
Jukka Tikka - vice chairman
Lucien den Arend - secretary
Marja de Jong - treasurer 

Overview of activities and programs:
The art education program THIS IS OUR NATURE has continued until May 2012. Mikkeli Kaupunki has supported the art workshops in Haukivuori and Hiirola. During this period children of the pre-school, 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th class in Hiirola and the pre-school, 3rd and 4th class in Haukivuori were active in painting, drawing and other art techniques and visualized their personal relation with their environment.
Process and results can be found on the pages about this project:
In total about 100 children have been participating in the project during the first half of 2012.

The publication THIS IS OUR NATURE gives an interesting overview of the whole project.
The book is edited by Marja de Jong, Ilse van den Berk and Lucien den Arend. With about 400 images of art works by children and artists from around the world and written contributions of Matti Viialainen, Pia Puntanen, Soile Kuitunen, Maisa Häkkinen, Riitta Moisander, Matti Karttunen, Lucien den Arend and Marja de Jong the book is a valuable document of rural environment.
The publication was possible by a large number of pre-sales to companies and organizations.
At the end of 2012 650 copies were sold.

The art works of children are presented in different exhibitions:
In December 2012 in the main library of Mikkeli and in the local library of Haukivuori.

Presentations of the book THIS IS OUR NATURE have taken place at the Christmas fair in Haukivuori AREFS and in Suomalainen Kirjakauppa in Mikkeli.

The book is available in:
Mikkelin Taidemuseo
Suomenlainen Kirjakauppa Mikkeli
Kenkävero Mikkeli
GalleriAri Mikkeli
Räihä Kirjakauppa Mikkeli
Wanha Osula Haukivuori

It was not possible to continue with the art workshops in the second half of 2012, but with the support of Etelä-Savon Kulttuurirahasto AREFS has started in 2013 a follow-up THIS IS MY BACKYARD.

In 2012 AREFS has invested in a second hand car to make it possible to travel to the schools on different locations.

In 2012 the board has had 1 meeting.

During 2011-2012 AREFS has received financial support by Mikkelin Kaupunki for the art workshops in the local schools of Haukivuori and Hiirola. The total amount was 4000€.
Haukivuoren Aluejohtokunta has contributed 1200€ to the translation costs for the book THIS IS OUR NATURE.
Different companies and organizations have ordered on beforehand 50 copies of the book THIS IS OUR NATURE, their names are in the book:
Mikkelin matkailuneuvonta - Mikkeli Tourist Information
Etelä-Savon Taidetoimikunta - Arts Council South-Savo
Etelä-Savon Kauppakamari - Finncham, South-Savo Chamber of Commerce
Osuuskauppa Suur-Savon
Mikkelin Ammattikorkeakoulu - Mikkeli University of Applied Science
Etelä-Savon Energia

The Facebook page AREFS-Saksala ArtRadius has at the end of 2012 104 followers.



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No reproduction by any means or in any language without prior permission of the author.