In the Takuulla (Certainly) projects executed by Kuopio Conservatory and the City of Kuopio cultural know- how is rooted into the social, health and educational sectors of the communities by pedagogical collaboration of the employees of the project and community personnel.
It is a question of utilizing the existing cultural know-how and interests of personnel and further cultivating them to fit their job profile. The duration of the workshops is from a few months to a year, so that these new skills have time to take root in job communities. Art pedagogues and artists also learn from this multidisciplinary collaboration. This activity attempts of offer people recreational opportunities free of charge. All of the groups are carried out in multidisciplinary manner, also taking into consideration the wishes of the participants.
In the TAKUULLA! phase (2012–2013) five experiments were done in collaboration with the City of Kuopio. They targeted to infant healthcare (Enjoy your baby), kindergartens (Music clubs), 1st and 2nd grades of primary school (Music and dance workshops), junior high school (Band workshop of the hospital school), and young adult psychiatric outpatients (pilot/research of creative dance).
In the TAKUULLA 2 follow-up project (2013–2014) the know-how which had been created was spread and at the same time the point of emphasis has shifted to supporting the families of children and youth with special needs in Kuopio University Hospital (Pediatric Hematology and Oncology unit), Mother and Child home association (mothers with substance abuse), Kuopion Setlementti Puijola (young mothers), Girl’s House (young women in need of support), and Savo Vocational College (preparatory and rehabilitating training).
In the TAKUULLA 3 project (2014–2016) music know-how was integrated into the activity of the Pediatric clinic of the University of Eastern Finland and a letter of intent was signed for the Finnish Well-being Know- how Center, The Well-being Power Plant (VOIMALA).
TAKUULLA TOGETHER! project (2015–2016) aimed to offer recreational opportunities to young people, to promote their well-being, to prevent social exclusion, and to strengthen the social participation and sense of community in young people.
The TAKUULLA Establishments! project (2016–2018) aims to develope well-being for the elderly and stabilize the activity of the Well-being Power Plant by creating a model for VOIMALA.