The project entitled ‘Block Theatre as a Tool for Welfare’ was carried out in 2012 under the administration of the Nukkero puppetry association. The goal of the project was to bring puppet theatre to various institutions and to combine art therapy with puppet theatre. The purpose was also to find out about the suitability of Block Theatre’s performances and workshops for different target groups and to develop the concept under the expert guidance of an art therapist. The institutions covered in the project were the Rinnekoto child protection centre and the Puutarhakoti assisted living facility from Pori, as well as the Lajo and Salonen daycare centres in Rauma, both of which have an integrated group for special needs children. The project was supported by Nukkero, TIP-Connection, the Arts Council
of Satakunta and the City of Pori. The project seminar was part of the Pori International Puppetry Festival, the Lain$uojattomat theatre festival organised by the Rakastajat theatre group, and the seminar series of the Arts Council of Satakunta. The project team consisted of Roosa Halme, regional puppet artist; Matthew Bernier, art therapist and associate professor of art therapy from the USA; Sanna Lehtinen, journalist; Kai Ruohonen, artist; and Annukka Tuppurainen, cultural producer. The team’s visit to the Puutarhakoti facility was documented by photographer Meri Mäkinen. Financial administration for the project was provided by gallerist Liisa Ekqvist.