8.9 Enhancing social inclusion through culture
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Fostering equality and young people’s involvement through cultural activities
Please see the subheading 'Reducing obstacles to young people's access to culture' in 'Promoting culture and cultural participation' for information on projects and initiatives funded by public authorities aimed at promoting social integration amongst young people.
Additional schemes of note include the following:
- Night out, which enhances access to the arts in local communities; their Young Promoters Scheme gives young people the opportunity to learn practical skills by putting on an artistic event in their local community - they may do anything from working in the Box Office, as part of the stage management team, or as a promoter for the event itself.
- Arts Alive Wales, which uses the arts to engage, inspire and enhance the quality of life of individuals living in rural communities (note that this initiative is not specific to young people); their Portfolio and Portfolio + projects are aimed at young people with a special talent and interest in art.
- Fusion, which is funded by the Welsh Government, encourages individuals to take an active part in culture, heritage and the arts in order to be empowered; the programme is aimed at creating cohesive communities and encouraging the use of the Welsh language, meaning that it addresses many of the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 (note that this programme is not specific to young people).
Combating discrimination and poverty through cultural activities
Programmes and projects aimed at combating discrimination and mitigating the effects of poverty include:
- Go and See, which helps schools take young people out to experience arts and cultural activities; funding of up to £1000 is available to cover transport, entry costs and refreshments.
- the Welsh Government encouraging schools to use the pupil deprivation grant, which provides additional funding to schools to help them overcome the barriers faced by learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, in support of arts and cultural activity.
- the Egypt Centre, which runs a young volunteers programme open to all children over the age of 11; the programme involves children of wide abilities, socio-economic backgrounds and ethnic groups, often with issues of self-esteem or having had trouble with the traditional education system.
- Valleys Kids, which supports children and families through the arts; their ARTWORKS programme uses drama, theatre, music, dance and film to support disaffected young people tackle issues they might encounter.
- Arts Alive Wales, which uses the arts to engage, inspire and enhance the quality of life of individuals living in rural communities (note that this initiative is not specific to young people); their Portfolio and Portfolio+ projects are aimed at young people with a special talent and interest in art.
- Pioneer Areas, which improve cultural access to disadvantaged communities in Wales (note that this is not specific to young people).