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.


Helsinki City Youth Department produces a broad range of cultural and recreational services in cooperation with young people. It promotes social participation among the youth and offers them support and counseling. The target group is young people aged 10-18. We have more than 400 employees, of whom more than half are youth leaders. Youth department operates in approximately 90 locations in Helsinki.

Youth Department offers activities in youth centres and produces special projects. In addition the department supports youth organizations and groups of young people.