Partner paragraphs

Miro, The wall of the moon, 1958

Mission statements

about the SPARK project

by the six project leaders.




Musisk Oplysnings Forbund Denmark

By Bente von Schindel, chairman


In all Nordic countries we talk about the challenge that people are moving from rural to urban areas.In MOF-DK we believe that art

and culture can help to curb this trend. Through art and culture the local population will increasingly be able to identify themselves with the place where they live, young people might want to return to the village when they have been educated and it might be possible to create offers that will attract other interested like newcomers and tourists. We also think the best approach is to let "people help people", where people hrough volunteerism can be their own culture suppliers and in that way together create activities within art and culture and feel greater ownership and accountability.



Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society

By Hans Jørgen Vodsgaard, Head of Institute


Voluntary culture and arts associations can help to revive the local communities in sparsely populated areas. Engaged and skilled culture volunteers can promote available and involving arts and culture activities with an added value for civic participation, community bonding and local identity. Interfolk is delighted to be part of a Nordplus project that intends to promote “cultural sustainability” in a civil society context, where “citizens help citizens”.



Finnish Swedish Youth Association

By Tomas Järvinen,General Manager


Despite the depopulation of rural areas, culture and arts are alive and are becoming increasingly important for people to stay. Associations have begun to realize that arts and culture is important for growth and survival. By preserving and creating new cultural activities and other leisure activity in rural areas and by introducing these methods for other NGO´s, we strive to maintain a viable Swedish countryside in Finland.



Tartu Folk High School

By Karin Küttis, project manager


Continuous urbanization is taking place all over the world and the situation is the same in Estonia. People are moving from sparsely populated areas to cities and retaining the identity of smaller communities may be quite complicated. Local culture boosters are seeking for new knowledge and methods that would help them to retain their community. Through the SPARK project we would like to develop new and useful trainings to support the cultural workers of sparsely populated areas in promoting and strengthening local communities.



Husavik Academic Center

By Óli Halldórsson, director


Cultural activities are necessary for every society; populated areas as well as rural areas. The SPARK-project focuses on the sparsely populated areas and how we can motivate and maintain cultural activities in these communities. In Iceland’s rural communities every individual often carries much weight regarding to social roles. It is therefore an interesting standpoint of the SPARK project to focus on the active role of the individual - the “cultural volunteer” – in ther local society, and to develop ways to support them and promote their work through education and training.



Cultural Council of North East Iceland

By Ragnheiður Jóna Ingimarsdóttir, Cultural Director






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of Ministers' funding program for lifelong learning, Nordplus Adult, administered by the Danish Agency for Higher Education.

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