Tiistenjoki Elementary School


Photo: Andi Balough

Professor Anu Hopia has worked as a professor of food development at the University of Turku where for 12 years she has had a 6-member group focusing on various aspects of taste and health of food. 

Her background is in food chemistry and she is currently working on the multisensory perception of food, motivations for food choice and food liking as well as the formation of taste and flavour compounds. Her collaboration network covers various disciplines of academic research (food sciences, medicine, architecture, ethnomusicology, mathematics) as well as art and craftsmanship.  She also works closely with the food sector, from agriculture to the food industry and the food service sector. Anu Hopia has published over 100 scientific papers and is also active in science popularization to the public.


Sonja Jokiranta (1983) lives in Lapua, Tiistenjoki, and she has a well-being farm where she practices creative therapy work with horses, sheep, and other animals. She is a singer-songwriter, art therapist, and specialist in creative methods, communication and interaction. She has a Master of Arts from Jyväskylä University (2013), with her main subjects as speech communication, music therapy, and psychology. She is a well-being artist, and advises many kinds of art therapy groups and part-taking composing. She graduated as a dance and movement therapist from Eino Roiha Institute, Jyväskylä, in 2014.


Joan Marie Kelly is an American community artist, visual artist living and working in Singapore as a senior lecturer at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art Design and Media since 2005. Her art, research, and teaching have focused on perceiving and interpreting the world through empathy. Art is an encounter between communities and a way to build connections to the everyday life of communities and environments. Joan Marie has had solo exhibitions in  New York, New Delhi, Kolkata, Singapore, and Fez Morocco and group exhibitions in New York, Paris, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Ulaanbaatar and Gwangju. www.joanmariekelly.net


On the surface, Arun Yadav is a fitness and wellness practitioner specializing in Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Native of New Delhi, he completed a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in journalism at Chaudhary Charan Singh University. Arun also had a modelling career where he worked for top designers and appeared in magazines and billboards. He began a career in journalism as one of the founders of Bejode Monthly News Magazine where he wrote a column on the impacts of non-wellness and fitness while developing his yoga practice. Expanding his practice to an international clientele, he relocated to Singapore, where for ten years he has continued his practice as a personal trainer. More recently, he is studying art-making in the studio of Joan Marie Kelly.