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Crafting Sustainability: Handcraft in Contemporary Art and Cultural Sustainability in the Finnish Lapland

Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland, 96300 Rovaniemi, Finland
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Sustainability 2018, 10(6), 1907; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10061907
Received: 14 May 2018 / Revised: 3 June 2018 / Accepted: 4 June 2018 / Published: 7 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching and Learning for Sustainability)
Crafting sustainability is discussed here with respect to the dimensions of handcraft traditions in contemporary art for promoting cultural sustainability in the Scandinavian North. Aspects of decolonization, cultural revitalisation, and intergenerational dialogue form an integral part of the negotiations around the need for cultural survival and renewal for a more sustainable future. These dimensions should also be considered in the development of the current education of art teachers. Learning traditional skills and applying them in contemporary art constitute an influential method when striving for cultural sustainability. This study examines three handcraft-based contemporary art cases through art-based action research conducted in the Finnish and the Swedish Lapland. The results show that handcraft-based contemporary art practices with place-specific intergenerational and intercultural approaches create an open space for dialogue where the values and the perceptions on cultural heritage can be negotiated. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable culture; cultural sustainability; art education for sustainability; informal education sustainable culture; cultural sustainability; art education for sustainability; informal education
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Härkönen, E.; Huhmarniemi, M.; Jokela, T. Crafting Sustainability: Handcraft in Contemporary Art and Cultural Sustainability in the Finnish Lapland. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1907.

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