8.7 Fostering the creative use of new technologies
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New technologies in support of creativity and innovation
A number of programmes foster access to and use of new technologies, including:
- the Sensatronic Lab, which is funded by Creative Scotland and is aimed at young people under 25 to help them overcome the barriers of disability and economic and social exclusion; projects enable young people to explore digital technology through the creative arts and music.
- Drake Music Scotland, which is a registered charity (part-funded by Creative Scotland) delivering a range of projects in special and mainstream schools aimed at supporting learners to participate in creative music making; the charity uses a range of inclusive and adaptive technologies in its work which enable participants to take part in activities on an equal basis with other musicians (note that the organisation also works with adults with disabilities)
- Apps for Good, which offers free creative learning programmes for schoolchildren across the UK, teaching them to use new technologies to design and make products which will help them make a difference to their world.
Facilitating access to culture through new technologies
Many local and national organisations are increasingly presenting their collections and other creative output online, giving individuals who cannot physically visit performances or collections the chance to experience them. Although these initiatives are not specifically or solely aimed at attracting young people's interest in culture, they help to counter the economic and geographical barriers to participation in the arts and culture mentioned under the subheading 'Main trends in young people's creativity and cultural participation' in 'General Context'. Leading examples of digitisation and innovative use of technology include the following:
- Drake Music Scotland, which is a registered charity (part-funded by Creative Scotland) delivering a range of projects in special and mainstream schools aimed at supporting learners to participate in creative music making; the charity uses a range of inclusive and adaptive technologies in its work which enable participants to take part in activities on an equal basis with other musicians (note that the organisation also works with adults with disabilities).
- the Go Digital Fund, which is administered by Publishing Scotland and receives funding from Creative Scotland, supports Scottish-based book publishers to bring their books to a new digital audience; priority is given to publishers of fiction, children's books, poetry and non-fiction of a cultural nature.
- Folkwaves, a project by Hands Up For Trad, promotes Scottish music to radio stations around the world by enabling users to upload their music to the site and enabling broadcasters to download it for free.
Scotland’s 2020 Culture Strategy states:
Technological innovation continues to change the way we live and work. The speed and degree of change in digital emerging technologies is shaping future jobs and therefore the education, training, creative thinking and creative skills needed to do them. We also know that creative and cultural jobs are some of the least likely to become automated in the future. Creative and design skills are also an essential skillset for digital products and services design. This underlines the benefits of supporting a strong cultural and creative foundation in education.
Creative Scotland’s 10 Year Plan 2014-2024 discusses how digital technology can create opportunities for culture, creativity and the economy in Scotland.
Everyone needs to have the capacity and skills to take advantage of new technology and have the confidence and skills to use the ever expanding range of tools to drive innovation.
The strategy discusses ways in which to facilitate access to the arts for young people:
Developing a robust film and screen strategy and strive to unlock new opportunities and resources.