Kone Foundation’s goal is to advance bold initiatives in research and the arts. It is an independent and unaffiliated organisation, which awards grants to promote academic research, culture, art and the popularisation of research, maintains the Saari Residence for artists and researchers and organises various events. Over the period 2015–2017, Kone Foundation will provide the IHME Contemporary Art Festival with a total of EUR 900,000 in financial support.



Scandic is the largest Nordic hotel operator with a network of 230 hotels with about 44,000 hotel rooms in operation or under development. Every day, our 14,000 team members work with one single goal in mind, to make our guests welcome to stay with us or meet with friends or for work. Responsibility is a part of Scandic’s DNA and Scandic is the ‘best hotel brand’ in the Nordics (BDRC).

IHME School Partners







The Aalto University Degree Programme in Art Education offers qualifications in the teaching of art and visual culture in secondary schools, vocational and higher-education institutions, and other educational and cultural organisations and environments. Each year, the programme runs a variety of projects and events in collaboration with different partners from the realms of culture and social services, business, and elsewhere.


The City of Helsinki Youth Division, together with young people, produces cultural services and culture-related extra-curricular activities. It also promotes the participation of young people in society and offers support and guidance to young people. The Youth Division is responsible for youth work and the youth policy. The core target group are young people aged 10–18. The division has over 360 employees, of whom most are youth leaders. The Youth Division has operations in approximately 50 facilities around Helsinki. Youth work is carried out in youth centres and other facilities as well as in projects. In addition, the Youth Division supports youth organisations and youth groups.