In August 2013, the Saari Residence hosted a series of workshops that culminated in the Saari Community Art Well event in Turku on 31 August, 2013.
For two weeks, the Saari Residence housed four pairs of artists who worked together with local communities in their own workshops. The Saari Well partnered withArts Promotion Centre Finland (Regional Office of Southwest Finland), TUAS Arts Academy and RaumArs for the event. The goal of the Saari Well was to find answers to questions such as: What is community art? What is its purpose? Does community art really have social significance? Who benefits from it? What is its significance in the field of art? What about the ethics of community art?
Speakers at the seminar included the president and executive director of the Queens Museum Tom Finkepearl (USA), visual artists Lea and Pekka Kantonen (Finland) and Ailbhe Murphy (Ireland). The Saari Community Art Well event ended with a panel discussion during which the community artists and guest speakers discussed community art and the challenges it faces.