Art-based events for conflicted communities: Engaging and educating through art

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In the Arctic, environmental conflicts over land use and the exploitation of natural resources cast shadows over communities. Artists’ and art educators’ responses can play a meaningful role in resisting harmful developments. Emerging artistic and pedagogical interventions follow principles of socially and environmentally engaged art and art education. This visual essay describes a contemporary art event that opposed plans for an iron ore mine next to Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park in Finnish Lapland. An art-based action-research strategy was used to develop resources for communities in conflict. It focuses on describing the cyclical nature of art interventions. Analyses of activities show that art-based resources in environmental battles can foster cultural resilience, impact values, enhance hope and allow for campaigning that uses art to communicate environmental concerns. Further research into artistic interventions that open dialogue between parties in conflict is required.
Translated title of the contributionTaideperustaiset tapahtumat konfliktoituneissa yhteisöissä: Sitouttaa ja kasvattaa taiteella
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271–280
JournalInternational Journal of Education through Art
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Arctic
  • Art-based methods
  • Engaged art
  • Environmental conflict
  • Evaluation
  • Informal education

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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