The center was established in 2021 and is currently in the start-up phase. One of the Centre's key areas is the concentration of Arctic-related research and development and a better international awareness of the existence of specific specialists. Currently, the Estonian Research Agency's group grant "Finno-Ugric Peoples in Russia: Analysis of the Interactions between Ethnicity and Religiosity" and the program projects of the Kindred Peoples in the Reality and Virtue of the Udmurt and Komi Religions are passing. There are a few more projects within Estonia that are being applied for, and they have also joined an international research group that works together to create knowledge together with the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. The aim of this international initiative is to prepare seminars, conferences and joint publications, as well as a number of project applications. However, as many things are still evolving, it is too early to talk about the results of the work of the Center for Arctic Cultures.
In addition to research, the Center is also an important partner for the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under whose leadership Estonia is seeking to become an observer member of the Arctic Council.