Together and Community Art Project

Title of the project/ Program Together and Community Art Project
Town/ City Helsinki/Uusimaa/Finland
Implementing institution/organization  HeSeta Ry
Age of target group  18>
Size of the group  Small groups
Innovative elements The Community Art Project is for people that are seeking for asylum or have refugee background and belong to sexual and/or gender minorities (LGBTIQ*). The participants won’t need to have any experience in working with Art, the methods used are from Art Therapy, concentrating on creating a possibility for each participant to search for their unique artistic expression, their voice. The project has own blog and exhibitions during the year. Project was funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Why is this project considered a good practice?   Project managed to reach participants and got good feedback.
Objectives TOGETHER is a peer supportive community for lgbtiq*-people that are seeking an asylum in Finland or with refugee background.  The aim is to support well-being, strengthen social networks and offer information about rights and services in Finland.
Key activities


TOGETHER activities are for lgbtiq*-people over 18 years old. In the meetings we speak English and most of the times have volunteers assist Arabic speakers. Some of the meetings are held in Russian, Farsi, Dari and Kurdish! The group meetings are held at HeSeta’s social space

You may have just arrived or stayed here for a while. You are welcome to join our group to meet new people from different backgrounds and enjoy a safe and friendly atmosphere. In the group we will get to know each other and have discussons on various themes.

Duration  One year starting from September 2016.
Expected results  Well-being, social networks, information.
Number of engaged persons There is no exact number of participants, project organizes small groups.
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