engage Scotland represents the Scottish body of engage members, responding to training and networking needs within gallery education with a Scottish focus.
Process is vital to excellence in community arts
The Creative People and Places scheme should prompt new thinking about the role of communities in delivering arts programmes in areas of least engagement, according to a new study, which can be viewed via Arts Professional here.
Cross-Party Group on Culture
The inaugural meeting of this Parliamentary session for the Cross-Party Group on Culture, was held on Tuesday 6 September 2016. The Group discussed priorities and suggested topics for future meetings and watched performances from Scottish Youth Theatre and Janis Claxton Dance. For those unable to attend the meeting, the videos have now been uploaded to view on the CPG website here.
Due to a busy events schedule at the Parliament in December, the next meeting of the Group will now take place on Tuesday 17 January, 2017. We expect the topic to be BBC Charter renewal. Further details will be made available in due course.
Launch of Revised National Standards for Community Engagement
The new revised National Standards for Community Engagement have been published recently. First developed in 2005, the Standards are key principles for effective practice which support community engagement and user involvement in Scotland, in areas ranging from community planning to health and social care.
In so doing they are intended to complement and support Scotland's developing community empowerment landscape and in particular the implementation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 In 2015 and 2016, SCDC and What Works Scotland were commissioned by the Scottish Government to undertake a participatory process to review and update the Standards in light of the current context.
To download a copy of the revised National Standards, click here.
Cultural engagement in Scotland at all-time high
Cultural engagement in Scotland has risen to an all-time high: 92% of adults engaged with a cultural activity in 2015, according to the findings of the Scottish Household Survey.
The figures cover both attendance at cultural events, the most popular of which is watching a film in the cinema, and cultural participation, the most popular of which is reading for pleasure.
When trips to the cinema are excluded, the proportion of the population who attended a cultural event in 2015 stands at 75%. This figure has risen from 70% in 2012. When reading for pleasure is excluded, 52% participated in a cultural activity in 2015, up from 48% in 2012.
The next most popular activity was doing creative work on a computer or social media, followed by crafts. 14% had participated in dance and 12% had played a musical instrument.
Read the full story from Arts Professional, here.
Quality, Evidence and Impact
Arts Professional have put together a useful set of resources, considering approaches to and experiences of excellence, to support the evaluation and learning work of Creative People and Places. These resources can be viewed via the Arts Professional website, here.
Child Poverty, Health and Wellbeing eLearning Module
This learning resource aims to raise awareness of the plight of young peoples’ poverty issues in Scotland, and the impact poverty has on their health and wellbeing.
It reflects key messages on health inequalities, making it a relevant topic. Initially developed for health visitors and midwives, the new module is relevant for all workers across health, social care, education and the public sector who are in contact with families with children at work. More...
Scotland's Art Map
Scottish Contemporary Art Network have developed at map of Scotland, showcasing organisations that present and support contemporary arts across the country. The map has been designed to both raise awareness of the variety of activity across Scotland, and as a research tool for curators, artists, writers and anybody interested in the arts. Mapping the Visual can be explored here.