Arts youth group announced

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced the creation of a group for 14-21 year old volunteers to give young people a say on the arts opportunities offered across Scotland.

Ms Hyslop was leading a debate on the Time to Shine youth arts strategy on 14 May 2014.

The strategy sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland's children and young people to flourish and achieve in, and through, arts and creativity.

The 15 strong National Youth Advisory Group will be recruited this summer by Young Scot and advise on the implementation of "Time to Shine" and the opportunities that are offered as part of it.

Ms Hyslop stressed how vital access to the arts is for children and young people of all backgrounds all over Scotland, and the work already being carried out under the strategy to increase access.

Creative Scotland recently announced £3.1m support to help boost youth arts provision across Scotland.

The Hubs - in Aberdeen and North East, Argyll, Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Highlands, Moray and West Dunbartonshire - are being formed to increase access to youth arts across Scotland across a range of art forms.

Acting as focal points for regional youth arts delivery, the Hubs are intended to nurture and celebrate ambition, enthusiasm and talent in Scotland's young people by improving the regional infrastructure.

The £3.1m funding for Youth Hubs forms part of the £5m funding awarded to Creative Scotland from the Scottish Government's Young Scots Fund which will, over the next two years, support initiatives based on key objectives of Time to Shine.

Ms Hyslop said the strategy provided "enhanced access opportunities for all Scotland's young people" to the vibrant youth arts and culture sector.

She praised the work of Scotland's youth arts organisations and companies and in particular musical charity Sistema Scotland and the organisation supporting the Gaelic arts tuition festivals Fèisean nan Gàidheal .

Scottish Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson said she welcomed the strategy, which she said was a "good one", but wondered if it went far enough.

The strategy was also praised as marking a "seminal moment in terms of the arts for young people" by Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith, who said she fully supported a Time to Shine.

In an exceedingly consensual debate, Liam McArthur, the Lib Dem MSP for the Orkney Islands welcomed the announcement of the National Youth Advisory Group saying it was "absolutely right to put young people at the heart of the youth arts strategy".

The second part of the debate can be viewed below:

Time to Shine Youth Arts Strategy 2

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