Kai Lehikoinen

Kai Lehikoinen
University of the Arts Helsinki · Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA)

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Holding an MA and a PhD in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey, I work currently as University Researcher at Uniarts Helsinki, focusing on the the arts as social engagement. My research, stretching from dance and masculinities to socially engaged practice and expanded professionalism in the arts, has been published in Journal of Dance Education, Nordic Journal of Dance, and Cogent Arts & Humanities, among others.
Additional affiliations
January 2019 - July 2021
University of the Arts Helsinki
Position
  • Managing Director
August 2017 - July 2018
University of the Arts Helsinki
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts. As vice director or ArtsEqual, responsible for societal interaction and stakeholder affairs. Also team leader for a research team on Arts in Health, Welfare and Care.
August 2017 - July 2018
University of the Arts Helsinki
Position
  • Professor

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Publications (49)
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The book introduces recent international research on the connections between the arts, culture, health and well-being. The introduction explains some key concepts such as cultural rights and cultural well-being. Five chapters focus on the well-being impacts of participation in the arts in relation to five target groups: young people, immigrants, pe...
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Proactive coping styles may help students deal with their study workload and stress in healthier ways. In this explanatory mixed methods study, data were gathered among professional students in higher music education in Finland and the United Kingdom about their experiences of workload, stress, and proactive coping. Bivariate analyses were used to...
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This chapter offers a compelling overview of male dance students’ predicaments of masculinity in Finland. The chapter provides a much-needed insight into fear, coping, and peer support in male dancing by focusing on young men’s gender-specific dance education experiences. While noting the value of gender-specific peer groups for boys in dance, the...
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The book describes some of the most significant inequality mechanisms identified in the arts and arts education service system in Finland as well as the mental models that underpin them. The ArtsEqual project, led by Uniarts Helsinki’s Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADAI and funded by the Academy of Finlan...
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In this article and a conceptual review integrating the research findings, I examine socially engaged arts and the links between arts participation, health, and well-being in the light of the work, approaches, and key findings of the Arts in Health, Welfare, and Care research team of the ArtsEqual project (2015–2021) in Finland. In particular, I ai...
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ArtsEqual Research Initiative, funded by the Academy of Finland's Strategic Research Council (2015–2021), examined mechanisms of exclusion and barriers to participation in the arts and arts education in Finland. The project proposed actions to break the circle of disadvantage, and investigated services in the arts and arts education from an ethical...
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This article urges a reconsideration of professional responsibility in arts education, moving beyond an emphasis on narrow technical expertise and strict disciplinary boundaries in order to respond to the needs of complex late modern society. We reconsider ‘professionalism’ in arts education as a site of struggle that requires ‘systems reflexivity’...
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This chapter investigates how the artists navigate multiple and at times conflicting identities within the challenges of working in unfamiliar transprofessional contexts. It also investigates the expanding professionalism of artists in the transprofessional realm of artistic interventions in organisations. Ariane Berthoin Antal argues that artists’...
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This chapter investigates how the artists navigate multiple and at times conflicting identities within the challenges of working in unfamiliar transprofessional contexts. It also investigates the expanding professionalism of artists in the transprofessional realm of artistic interventions in organisations. Ariane Berthoin Antal argues that artists’...
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Written in Finnish, Toiminnasta sanoiksi [Action into Words] is an anthology that provides collegial accounts on multidisciplinarity, reflections on teaching, historicity of the arts, inclusion, and neo-materialism as a starting point for a critical reflection on the work of a university teacher in the arts. The book also evokes ideas about the soc...
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The purpose of the policy brief on arts in hospitals is to encourage the health service system to take into account the cultural contexts of health and to integrate culture and the arts into the promotion of health and well-being. The policy brief offers 17 recommendations to be implemented in hospitals and other health care institutions to strengt...
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The popularised article focuses on art as a means to strengthen personal resilience in times of hardship and change. Experimenting with several solution options that are central to artistic activity can help an individual to think flexibly about their situation and thus find alternative solutions to their problems. In the arts, uncertainty is often...
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This policy brief is intended for healthcare authorities and health service organisations, producers of art, artistic activities, and art-related services, educators and students in the health and social service sector and the cultural sector, and decision-makers in all these fields. The policy brief aims to encourage health service organisations t...
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Tässä kirjan luvussa esittelen sitä viimeaikaista yhteiskunnallista ja poliittista muutosta, joka on synnyttänyt uusia työmahdollisuuksia taidealan ammattilaisille. Tarkastelen lyhyesti hybriditaiteilijuutta ja taidealan ammattilaisille uusia työmahdollisuuksia tarjoavia ns. hybridejä toimintaympäristöjä, samoin kuin muutamia niihin liittyvän toimi...
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In Finland, ArtsEqual Research Initiative has produced research-informed policy recommendations to communicate to decision-makers about equal access to the arts and arts education. This paper presents two such policy briefs that strive to enhance cultural wellbeing: one on the actualisation of cultural rights in social and health care settings, the...
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In this chapter we discuss the conceptualisation of cultural diversity in arts education research in three Finnish universities Aalto University, University of Lapland and University of the Arts, Helsinki. We articulate how the changing societal and environmental conditions need to be taken into account in both the research and practice of arts edu...
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Dance pedagogy has expanded into hybrid contexts such as the arts and health in elderly care, calling for a review of the current state of the role and professionalism of dance ambassadors in Finnish society. This article addresses dance ambassadors as a specific brand of training and professionalism in Finland. In addition, framed by theories on p...
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The article provides a brief introduction to some key views on pricing in the arts market. Key concepts concerning pricing are introduced: cost, revenues, profit. Three approaches to pricing are introduced: cost-plus pricing, competition-based pricing and value-based pricing.
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The aim of this article is to introduce how the Dance Ambassadors are perceived by nursing staff and supervisors in institutions of elderly care. Dance Ambassadors are a dance-based service concept offered to various social contexts by the Dance Centre of Western Finland. I will report on the three central themes that I identified from the nursing...
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People in care institutions have limited opportunities to benefit from art and cultural services and the wellbeing they contribute to. This is one reason why the reach of these services needs to be extended to the social welfare and healthcare sectors. This could be done by expanding the currently employed percent for art principle. It would serve...
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Arts-based initiatives have been increasingly introduced into elderly care in recent years in Finland. Consequently, there are more and more reports and dissertations that address such initiatives: their rationale, practices and impacts. Located at the interface between arts educational research and cultural health and well-being research, this art...
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Oikeus osallistua taiteisiin ja kulttuuriin, kehittää itseään ja yhteisöään niiden avulla sekä mahdollisuus ilmaista itseään vapaasti ovat ihmisen kulttuurisia perusoikeuksia. Moniammatillinen yhteistyö kulttuurialan ja sosiaali- ja terveysalan väillä kunnissa on osoittautunut toimivaksi tavaksi huolehtia ihmisten kulttuurisista perusoikeuksista ja...
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The paper discusses critical reflection in the context of the arts as Third Space (TS). It scrutinises TS as an artistically co-created conceptual, physical and egalitarian site for transdisciplinary dialogue and informal learning and also a means to advance the democracy of learning – especially critical reflection. The focus is on theatre-pedagog...
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Tanssitaiteilijat, pedagogit, tuottajat, tutkijat ja kriitikot joutuvat työssään pohtimaan, miten tanssin rakenteet ja merkitykset ilmenevät esityksen kokijalle. Entistä useammin he joutuvat puhumaan ja kirjoittamaan tanssin kulttuurisista, historialli­sista, yhteiskunnallisista, poliittisista ja taiteellisista merkityksistä myös oman alansa ulkopu...
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Art and culture for well-being is a growing trend in Finland and internationally. A variety of challenges such as the discontentment of children and young people, the aging of the population, the growing needs of immigrant groups and the integration of various population groups require pro-active and preventive measures. Answers to these challenges...
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Organisations and companies need more imagination, more creativity to sustain their future existence by innovation. Artists have special skills and innovative qualities: they change perceptions, they invent new meanings, they engage people, they offer contradiction as well as confrontation and friction, and they provoke new ideas. Training artists...
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Organisations and companies need more imagination, more creativity to sustain their future existence by innovation. Artists have special skills and innovative qualities: they change perceptions, they invent new meanings, they engage people, they offer contradiction as well as confrontation and friction., and they provoke new ideas. Training artists...
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As artists conduct artistic interventions in organisations, they usually apply complex competencies, skills and knowledge as they identify, highlight and reflect upon selected issues through the arts. Inciting artistic processes that engender change in organisations calls for a broad knowledge base and special skills. Therefore, it needs to be unde...
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Ageing has been identified as a megatrend that has significant social and economic impacts in Europ in the early 21st century. Memory diseases that are linked to aging increase rapidly causing severe problems on individual and societal levels. In 2010, the World Health Organzation (WHO) estimated that 24 million people suffer from Alzheimer and oth...
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David Gere breaks new ground by endorsing an AIDS cultural research emphasis on social and political investigations of choreography. The writer's background in dance criticism and gay activism provides a strong position from which to study the interplay of AIDS and corporeality, particularly in relation to gay men in the United States in the late t...
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In male-dominated culture it is often problematic for young males to take up theatrical dance. Despite the development of gender-specific approaches to get more boys involved, dance education appears to be a prime site of oppression. Located at the intersection of dance studies and the sociology of masculinity, this book presents discourses through...

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NXT – Making a Living from the Arts is a 3-year project co-funded by the EU Creative Europe programme (formerly known as NE©XT Accelerator), that started on 1 May 2015 and will continue until 30 April 2018. The NXT Project aims to support the career development of emerging artists; and share experiences and best practices between arts education institutions and creative hubs on how to make a living from the arts.