Part of the government’s Taking place-project
Art is happening is part of the government’s Taking place-project, an investment in cultural activities in housing areas with a low voter turnout. Responsibility for this government investment is shared by Public Art Agency Sweden and the Swedish Arts Council. The project will be based on the needs and desires of local residents and be characterised by participation by representatives from a wide range of organisations. One of the objectives is to increase efforts to promote culture and democracy in areas with low voter turnout in elections.
The work to produce new public art in these areas will take place over the next three years, 2016-2018. The total sum of the investment is SEK 26 million. Most of that funding will be used to produce art, for artistic work methods in urban planning projects and the development of methods for local participation. There will also be some scope for remuneration in projects where civil sector organisations take part.
Public Art Agency Sweden’s main task in this investment is to produce works of public art while the Swedish Arts Council’s main task is to allocate funding to initiators who apply for funding via the Swedish Arts Council.