IHME Contemporary Art Festival and Kone Foundation (Koneen Säätiö) launch a collaboration aimed at facilitating bold new encounters. Kone Foundation has committed to funding the 2015–2017 editions of the IHME Contemporary Art Festival, which is run by Pro Arte Foundation Finland, with 300,000 euros annually, or 900,000 euros in all.
The collaboration advances the work of both Foundations. Kone Foundation’s goal is to create conditions for bold new approaches in research and the arts. The Foundation’s support for art includes running the Saari Residence in Mietoinen, Southwest Finland, awarding grants to artists, and staging special events. Pro Arte Foundation’s aim is to enhance the status and visibility of visual art, to improve the relationship between visual art and the public, and to make it more accessible. The Foundation produces the annual IHME Festival.
Executive Director of Kone Foundation Anna Talasniemi has been appointed a member of the Board of Pro Arte Foundation as the representative of Kone Foundation.