Oona Myllyntaus

Project Manager, MA, AE
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Oona Myllyntaus

I work as a project manager at Cupore for an European Social Fund supported Creative Expertise project titled Solutions for the integration of art into construction projects (2018–2020). Cupore’s research project investigates public art production in construction projects over the last decades both in Finland and internationally as well as develops indicators for evaluating the impacts of art from economic, aesthetic, and social dimensions. The research results can be applied in urban planning to improve the quality of urban environments by linking creative design to public and private construction projects.  

I hold a Master of Arts degree in Art Education from the University of Jyväskylä (Master’s programme for Nordic Arts and Culture Studies, art history). I am also preparing a doctoral thesis in Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki’s Doctoral programme of School, Education, Society and Culture. In my doctoral dissertation the focus is on Nordic public art from the perspective of learning and learning environments. My recent research interests include development of thinking skills, school design, and questions of applied aesthetics.


Scientific publications

Chapter. Sinquefield-Kangas, R. & Myllyntaus, O. (2019). Herbert Read and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Visual Arts Curriculum Framework? InSEA eBook Learning through Art: Lessons for the 21st Century? DOI 10.24981/978-LTA2018-12

Comment. Farnham et al. Early career researchers want Open Science. Genome Biology (2017) 18:221. 
DOI 10.1186/s13059-017-1351-7

A1 Myllyntaus, O. & Karttunen, S. & Ruokonen, I. & Ruismäki , R. (2017). Julkinen taide osana opiskeluympäristöä: lukiolaisten kokemuksia. Nuorisotutkimus 35, 1-2, 55–78. Taide kaikkien oikeutena. Helsinki: Nuorisotutkimusseura ry.

A1 Myllyntaus, O. (2013). Acquisition and Placement of Public Art in Helsinki Elementary Schools. The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences EJSBS, Volume VII Design in Mind, 1252–1255.

A1 Myllyntaus, O. (2012). Visual Arts Education Reasoning the Acquisition and Placement of Public Sculptures – Case of the Public Sculptures of the Jyväskylä City Art Collection in 1977-2007. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences - The 5th International Conference of Intercultural Arts Education 2012. Volume 45 Design Learning, University of Helsinki, Finland, 605–614. DOI 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.06.598

G1 MA thesis in Art Education. Myllyntaus, O. (2009). OUR ART. The reasoning for the acquisition and placing of the public sculptures of the Jyväskylä City Art Collection in 1977-2007. University of Jyväskylä, Department of Art and Culture Studies. http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-200905251627

Other publications

Myllyntaus, O. (2019). Tulkintoja prosentista. Cupore blog, 20.6.2019.

Myllyntaus. O. (2019). Kaksi myyttiä taiteen arvosta kaupungissa. Cupore blog, 29.4.2019.

Myllyntaus, O. (2019). Silmät kiinni betoniviidakossa. Copore blog, 25.2.2019.

Myllyntaus, O. (2018). Taide pitkä, käsitykset vanhat – mikä tekee taiteesta meille niin tärkeää? Cupore blog, 29.10.2018.

Myllyntaus, O. (2018). Taide käyttöön – kuinka tuoda taide kiinteäksi osaksi kaupunkirakentamista. LinkedIn, 31.8.2018.

Myllyntaus, O. (2018). Art in use – how to include art as an integral part of urban development. European Commission. #EUinMyRegion 2018 blogging contest, 31.8.2018.

Myllyntaus, O. (2018). Why to Use Public Art in Teaching? Four Reasons. LinkedIn, 31.3.2018.

Myllyntaus, O. (2018). Julkisen taiteen potentiaali yliopistokampuksella. LinkedIn, 15.1.2018.

Myllyntaus, O. (2017). Seinien lailla myös julkinen taide on pedagogiikkaa kouluissa. LinkedIn, 24.10.2017.

Myllyntaus, O. (2015). The Teachings of Rapid Urbanisation: No City or School without New Technologies. Article for the research project the Education for a Changing World by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

Myllyntaus, O. (2015). Nuoret onnistumisesta vapaalla alueella: Nykytaidetriennaali Eksperimenta! 2014 Tallinnassa. Stylus: Taidekasvatuslehti. 2015, 1, 30–31.

Myllyntaus, O. (2014). Taidenavigaattori 2 – kaupunkitaidetta oppilaslähtöisesti. Stylus: Art education journal. 2014, 1, 32–33.

Urpo-Koskinen, M., Korpijaakko, K. & Myllyntaus, O. (2014). Kaupunkitaidetta. Yhdessä. Urban konst. Tillsammans. Urban Art – Together. Taidenavigaattori 2 - Nykytaidekasvatuksen kehittämishankkeen julkaisu.

Professional expertise

Graduate level research expertise in the fields of arts, culture and educational sciences

- In arts and culture studies, I have specialized in Nordic arts, public art, and urban art. I am also acquainted with research areas and contemporary phenomena in art education. 

- My background in educational sciences covers pedagogy, artistic and practical subjects as well as contents and methods of adult education. I co-taught the doctoral course Visual Research Methodologies in Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki in 2019.

I have worked as an executive director of Association of Art Teachers in Finland. In the area of contemporary art I have worked as a project secretary for the development project of contemporary art education supported by Finnish National Agency for Education and have done audience research for an art foundation in Finland, for example. I have done the examination of one Master’s thesis for Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and served as a peer reviewer in the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.

Recent assignment of trust

Representing PhD candidates of the University of Helsinki in the Ethical Review Board in the Humanities and Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki (2020–)

Promoting children's and young people's art and culture through the Advisory board of art centre for children and young people in Hyvinkää (2015–2018)

Continuing education

Pedagogical studies for subject teachers, specialization in adult education (2013–2014)

Expertise in art and culture entrepreneurship acquired through my startup and Aalto PRO's entrepreneurial program of professional development (2011–2012) 

Specialization studies in communication and information sciences. International cultural producer (2004)