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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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2. If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
I support the Vision because the words/aspirations sound good and the national Cultural Bodies seem to need words/aspirations/goals these days to communicate on what they are doing. However, I don't like - at all - how hidden in this is the presumption that 'Culture' happens through and because of the Cultural Bodies. The situation is somewhat like a national religion, where artists are its priests and bishops vieing for position within the 'Church' and Arts Managers may be its deacons aiming at cardinalships. Very often culture simply happens elsewhere, messily and in spite of what is chosen for attention, profile and status. I fear this will always be the case. I don't know how to alleviate or adjust it. I just do wish that the national bodies for support of culture were a little less powerful and more open to encouraging co-operative support (from different kinds of patronage).

Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Learning to make music, perform, create art - self expression - is vital and empowering, yet basic training in these skills is being removed from the educational curriculum. Yakking on about 'transforming through culture' suggests a priesthood, again, of arts professionals who control how the rest of us - disempowered - experience culture. In many ways the learning of the tools of cultural expression through the educational system is far more important than how culture is delivered through the Cultural Bodies. This is two different strands which only occasionally meet. The answer does NOT lie in making all Culture accountable. There should be accesibility to the can-do stream and room for complete 'elitism' as well. No one suggested to Picasso or Beethoven that they fit into a Cultural Strategy. (Well, if they did, we don't hear about them, nor need them).

5. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
See above

Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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7. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
It depends what you mean - see above

Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
'Ave a Go Gallery, Australia Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Northern Voices Community Projects, Tyneside Pub Sessions the world over an artist I knew of who did personal, unrecorded installations in a forest in Co Galway

13. What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions and actions of the strategy?

What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions
Due to cuts I am no longer in an arts organisation. I do work in community consultancy. I'm not in a position to promote any non-specific strategies.

14. What do you think success for the strategy will look like?

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
We are not heading for a Brave New World, but some wider sense of genuine cultural literacy, based on citizen's personal skill would be very encouraging

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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22. How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.

How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.
It will probably have minimal impact

23. Do you think the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment identifies how the proposals presented in the Strategy might impact on businesses, the third (voluntary) sector or have any regulatory impact?

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About you

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