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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?
It is a bold vision. Unsure of the word strategy in relation to it as it is not strategic.

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?
It is lacking in identifying how we will get other people on board with this ambition or who will recognise this. Culture is not valued in a wider context in Scotland at present, there should be an ambition for this to be the populist view or it is preaching to the choir.

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?
1. I do not agree with creating another post in government. There are already amazing cultural leaders working at a grass roots level across Scogland. Money would be better spent supporting them to achieve these ambitions. All government officials already in post should be highlighting the benefits of a more connected and multi-disciplinary approach. Otherwise the role defaults to the person employed and the wider benefit is lost. It can’t be one persons job, it has to be engrained in the attitude of all. If it becomes one persons role this leads to the expectation that someone else has got it covered. 2. Agree that we need someone to study and surmise the work already taking place, ensuring it is promoted and easily accessed. Academic contribution can move things away from plain English and as such access. It makes culture seem even less relevant to those faced with austerity or in disadvantaged communities. People are already doing the groundwork, the strength in this proposal is in being able to showcase and measure this work at a national level. 3. Agree. Would benefit from adding individuals as a potential partnership opportunity (eg individual artists) who are often doing powerful work but are not involved in this level of conversation.

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?
The statement is too broad. It means nothing to Joe Public working for minimum wage. Do people like this want to be ‘empowered’? What does being empowered look like for this person? It feels like jargon and that alienates most who try to engage.

8. 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?
1. Agree. Culture is still viewed and discussed in elitist terms, a shift away from this will make everyone more inclined to engage. 2. This is in danger of becoming tokenisistic and highlighting deprived areas. Each individual area needs recognised for its own needs. Many deprived communities do not view themselves as culturally deprived and conversations need to take place to ensure that this is not overlooked. The language used here has previously been the cause of parachuting into poor or rural areas and imposing middle class/ central belt views upon them. 3. Excellent!

Sustaining culture

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

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11. 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?
1. Can we identify that not all have to be a cultural leader to have impact. The pressure on freelance artists in particular to be entrepreneurs and be responsible for national cultural strategy is overwhelming and is reducing the cultural impact these artists have as they are spread so thin trying to do many jobs. 2. Excellent! 3. Can we accept these diverse cultures in their current context. There is pressure to work within a limited model of thinking which alienates a number of diverse cultures (for example encouraging young hip hop artists to make stage performance instead of fostering their practice in the context in which it currently exists).

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.
Cultured Mongrel (Emma Jayne Park) is both an artist and an innovator. As an individual she is trying to effect change on a much wider level (launching the first Suspended Theatre Ticket Campaign, developing a dance strategy for Dumfries and Galloway that meets the geographical needs of the region, researching living room performances for people who can’t get to the theatre because they are medically unfit.). She also regularly advocates for other artists and is eager to have difficult conversations. On top of this she runs events and starts discussions about mental health and healthy working practice. However, she does it all as a freelancer making ends meet and makes powerful performance work. Given appropriate support she could make an even bigger impact or getting her involved in the conversation could help keep an honest perspective of working at grass root level in the room.

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
Keep making the work I am making. I currently don’t have the financial capacity to do anything else as an individual artists working with ‘deprived’ communities who often feel this kind of approach ignores them.

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

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
It will move slowly, transparently and will be able to admit it’s short comings. It will involve people who aren’t already invested in the cultural sector. Everyone working will be paid for their time and this will be realistically logged so we have an honest expectation for future budgets which expect social change through cultural engagement.

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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16. If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.

If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.
Monitoring needs to move beyond box ticking and become intersectional.

Other comments

17. Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.

Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.
The format of the consultation is formal, business like and not accessible for the people who have most experience of cultural impact. Often cultural leaders are not those with the best experience of government, how else could this consultation take place?

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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19. If you have further comments on the Equality Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Equality Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
It is long, jargon filled and neglects the things that cannot be quantified. It also neglects the complexity of an individual identity.

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.
Currently. It won’t unless those delivering it live in, connect with and can empathise with these communities.

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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24. If you have further comments on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
This is beyond my field f knowledge and assumes this knowledge to be able to answer the question.

About you

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