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02 March 2021

A Culture Strategy for Scotland

28 February 2020

Strengthening a sector which transforms lives.

Culture's ability to transform lives and empower people is the focus of A Culture Strategy for Scotland, published on 28 February 2020.

The document, which was developed through public engagement and consultation, outlines the Scottish Government's commitment to strengthening the sector in order to value, protect and nurture culture.

As part of the strategy, which is supported by almost £1.25 million funding, the Scottish Government will:

  • establish a new National Partnership for Culture, an advisory group led by the former Edinburgh International Festival Managing Director Joanna Baker to support delivery of the strategy's aims and advise Scottish Ministers on matters affecting culture
  • build an Arts Alive programme to bring up to 250 cultural sessions to schools and communities, including five artists' residencies
  • support a pilot project with Museum Galleries Scotland to recruit volunteers from diverse backgrounds and help them achieve an SQA accredited qualification
  • develop the Arts, Culture, Health & Wellbeing Scotland Network to advocate for cultural approaches to prevent poor health and promote cultural intervention to tackle health inequality and support rehabilitation
  • encourage community-led and participatory arts activity through the Creative Communities programme, which has been match-funded this year by proceeds of crime to support projects for young people at risk of re-offending
  • help schools engage more with the arts through the Supporting Expressive Arts in the Curriculum programme


A Culture Strategy for Scotland is available to download on the Scottish Government website.