Fiskars gives particular priority to safeguarding and developing the cultural heritage associated with its birthplace, Fiskars Village. Founded in 1649, Fiskars Village evolved from the earliest times as an ironworks site to one of the biggest manufacturing sites of copper items in Finland in the late 1800’s century. The long history of Fiskars lives on in today’s development and gives the village its unique atmosphere. The rich natural surroundings and industrial heritage make the company’s birthplace an active and attractive center for both new inhabitants and visitors. The spirit of entrepreneurship not only creates workplaces and offers new services for visitors but also enriches village life. Like the company itself, the village has developed its own strong identity, renewing itself while honoring its long term heritage.
The village is also a home for art and design with over 100 artists, designers and craftsmen calling it home. Overall the village now enjoys international renown as a center of Finnish design and art, attracting around 150,000 visitors annually.
Project Orange Thumb®
Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb® is a community gardening initiative providing groups with the tools, materials and resources they need to create beautiful and productive community garden spaces.
Arabia Art Department
Arabia Art Department was established by artistic director Kurt Ekholm. He thought that the Finnish ceramics culture was to be developed and this task belonged to Arabia. Arabia Art Department Society was established in fall 2003. The main idea of the new society was to cherish the cultural heritage of the Art Department. Founding members of the society are the following artists – Fujiwo Ishimoto, Inkeri Leivo, Heljä Liukko-Sundström, Heikki Orvola, Pekka Paikkari, Heini Riitahuhta, Kristiina Riska ja Kati Tuominen-Niittylä. The Art Department Society maintains relationships outwards and works together with galleries, museums, organizations, students and artists.
The main goal of the Art Department Society is to advance the status of ceramics art in the field of modern culture. It also aims at developing the Finnish culture and establish new contacts internationally through ceramics.
SOS Children's Village
We seek to nourish our future and believe that every child is entitled to have a safe and happy childhood. To enhance this effort we collaborate with SOS Children's Villages in Finland.
As part of the collaboration we support young people leaving a SOS Children’s Villages with a “Fiskars Start-Kit for your Home & Kitchen”, a basic set of dishes, cutlery, pans, and other practical items.
In terms of the cultural sector, we support the area of design; we offer support to Helsinki's Design Museum, to which the Iittala and Nuutajärvi Glass Museums as well as the Arabia Museum collections currently belong.