Ninho’s Programs and Projects
Art & Science for Everybody
We produce and organize multicultural events, performances and experiences in which Art and Science offer children and their families possibilities to practice diversity and multilingualism.
Diversifying Children’s Culture in Finland
We do advocacy work, consultancy and event production for institutions dealing with children’s culture in Finland, supporting them in diversifying their programme; to that end we work closely with libraries and cultural centers. We also work to enrich Finnish libraries’ stock of illustrated books for children, by e.g.: increasing the amount of titles available in Spanish and Portuguese languages.
Platform and Exchange Program for Professional Artists, Cultural Workers and Researchers
We promote artists and scientists with different backgrounds and origins interested in sharing their work with a multicultural, plurilingual and intergenerational family audience. We facilitate an exchange program between local, multicultural and international artists working around children’s culture. Our most successful activities involve exchanges with writers, illustrators, and graphic designers in the field of children’s literature. We are also active in showcasing the work of underrepresented local artists and scientists of multicultural backgrounds.
In 2016 we brought Isol Misenta (ARG) in 2017 Isidro Ferrer (ESP) in 2018 Yara Kono (BRA/PO) in 2019 we brought the work of Vicar (CHI) and in 2021 Paloma Valdivia (CHI)
Supporting plurilingual families and sharing information
Our work supports immigrant and locals raising plurilingual children with particular focus and connections with those communities who speak Spanish and Portuguese in Finland, but we are open to connections with other language groups. We are interested in plurilinguism and diversity from many angles.
Kolibrí Festivaali (https://www.kolibrifestivaali.org) is a multidisciplinary and multicultural, free and open art festival for children and their families. The Festival invites artists, scientists, and cultural activists of different backgrounds and origins, to make up an intergenerational and plurilingual program with no counterpart in the Nordic region.
A holistic program to support and develop plurilingual families’ reading practices in heritage languages and develop skills for reading mediation as key tool for wellbeing. Read more
Picnic are regular meetings for families with small babies and for the whole family. the meetings serve as spaces for peer support, sharing networking and having nice time together. Read More
A second hand market of children’s literature (some new books too), picture books and reading material in spanish, portuguese and english. The fair is usually arranged in conjunction with Kolibri Festivaali and as pop-up events to raise funds for the association. We accept book donations!
A collection of cultural resources for the plurilingual childhood in four languages (ESP/PT/FI/SE). This idea bank contains trends, activities and events which are mainly related to children’s literature, music, arts, sciences and other challenging ideas that families can make and enjoy at home. The project is funded by Ninho and TAIKE Read more
Building spaces of encounter
We want to support other communities to build safe and diverse spaces of encounter through culture and art; while supporting children, plurilingual families and diverse artists. We continiously work to share what we have learned (thanks Moniheli, Svenska Kultuur fonden and Ninho’s members). Read more
Children’s culture diversity network in Finland
A peer-to-peer informal network to connect actors working for a more diverse culture for children. Join the mailing list!