8.9 Enhancing social inclusion through culture
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There has not been any major initiatives from the government the last years to foster young people's involvement through cultural activities.
Taking place (Äga rum) is a government initiative, in order to encourage cultural activities in residential areas with socioeconomic challenges or low voter turnout. Responsibility for this government investment is shared by the Public Art Agency Sweden (Statens konstråd) and the Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet). The project will be based on the needs and desires of local residents and be characterised by participation by representatives from a wide range of organisations.
The Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) allocated SEK 100 million (10,5 million euros) over the period 2016–2018 to projects across Sweden that carry out cultural activities based on the needs of local residents and in collaboration with local stakeholders. Those who live in the area should be included as project participants, cultural practitioners and audiences. The goal is to enable more people to choose, create and enjoy culture where they live. The programme is targeting all local residents, and is not youth specific.
The cooperation programme between the Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish National Age for Education (Skolverket), Creative Schools (Skapande skola) (see section 8.8, Synergies and partnerships) is on-going since 2008.