8. Creativity and Culture
Scotland’s first Culture Strategy was published in February 2020. This sets out a vision for Scotland centred around three ambitions and a summary of actions. Amplifying young people’s voices in cultural decision-making is a key theme of the strategy.
Addressing disadvantage in cultural participation, whether due to geographic or economic circumstances is a focus for the Scottish Government. CashBack for Creativity is a Government initiative which aims to tackle inequalities in the arts by increasing provision for Scotland's most disadvantaged young people. It is part of a programme to reinvest the proceeds of crime back into communities, and is focused on community-based arts programmes.
Scotland's first youth arts strategy for the 0-25 age group was commissioned by the Scottish Government and published in 2013, to cover a ten-year period. A group of young volunteers have been recruited to deliver the strategy alongside Creative Scotland (the public body which supports the arts, screen and creative industries) and the Scottish Government. More details about the strategy and creative and cultural initiatives under it, including the formation of Creative Learning Networks, are given in this chapter.