Background
Saastamoinen Foundation is a family foundation with roots deep in the Finnish forest industry. As stipulated in its rules, the purpose of the Foundation is "to promote and support the development of the Finnish economy and the use of the natural resources of our country, as well as research that is intended to develop the country's spiritual and material life, and to maintain an art collection."See more our history from our web pages.
Mission
The Saastamoinen Foundation discharges its duties today as follows: The Foundation maintains, develops and exhibits the art collection and thereby supports art and artists both in Finland and internationally. The Foundation's art collection is permanently in display in EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Arts, and it is developed actively. The Foundation supports and awards grants to promote science and education. This it does in cooperation with, among others, the University of Eastern Finland, Aalto University, and the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Fine Arts; its highest aim is to promote international research, education and networking. The Foundation manages its assets in a way that allows the implementation of the two above-mentioned tasks and their development in the long run.
Geographic focus
Main focus is in Finland. But as stated in our mission we support art and artists both in Finland and internationally. When supporting science and education, it's highest aim is to promote international research, education and networking. As example we have many different residence programs, we bring international professors to Finland, have three different Fullbright programs etc.
Programme areas
Broadly Arts & science. The Foundation art collection is permanently on display in EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art and it is developed actively. The Foundations main partners in the field of grants for promotion of science and higher education institutes continue to be the University of Easter Finland, Aalto University and the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Arts Helsinki. We also have other grants and donations. As examples of that is Anti Festival International Prize for Live Arts and Me & MYcity learning environment project. See more from our web pages and annual report.