Kulturverket: “Kids tell pros what to do”

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

Award winner

Short description of the project

To provide all children in the municipality access to cultural experiences and integrate aesthetic learning processes into everyday school activities. Respecting young people’s ideas and creativity at the same time as involving professional culture workers in the process.

Current status and future steps for the project

In collaboration with HUMlab at the University of Umeå, Kulturverket has created a community that enables collaborative authorship in a variety of mediums related to text, image, sound or video. It is designed around the idea of working together in projects but also offers tools for creativity through play. The collaborative concept is enforced by the social possibilities of the community. Users have direct access to each other and can share anything from creative ideas to social networks. The platform is designed for several types of users, children as well as professionals. It gives all participating individuals and groups an overview of the processes and the results. In November 2007 the first project of this kind will be showcased in the form of an opera written in blogs by 300 teenagers. The individual blogs remain intact but are assembled by a professional writer.

Lessons learned

Stick to the children’s ideas the entire way. These ideas should not be compromised or simplified. Maintain high goals in each form of art. Children recognize their own texts, music and pictures even after they have been given professional expression.

Award info
Award category: collaborative governance
Award type: award
Award year: 2007
Project type
Sector: Sports, youth, culture and art
Type of activity: community and stakeholder participation
Keywords: education, culture, arts
Short English description: youngsters, school children tell professionals in the area of culture what to do
Further information
Organisation: City of Umeå
Other applicants:
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation:
Number of people involved:
Country: Sweden
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date: 2005/01/01
End date:

Kulturverket: “Kids tell pros what to do” (56.047396° N, 12.732935° E)
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