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Catching up with the Highland Youth Arts Hub

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland speaks to Stacey Toner, Project Manager at the Highland Youth Arts Hub, about the latest updates on the Highland projects

Over December Feis Rois (a youth arts festival celebrating Gaelic culture) worked with Cantraybridge College in Croy where students expressed an interest in learning ceilidh dancing before their Christmas dance; young participants from the Ceilidh Trail delivered two dance sessions and then played for the students at the dance. This is being developed into a more structured programme leading into Summer.

The Creative Spaces project is in its initial development stages. Eden Court and Youth Highland have identified areas within the Highlands that could benefit from engaging with and learning to manage their own creative space. These areas are now being explored and initial conversations with Room 13 (linking studios with organisations worldwide) the police, youth and community groups are underway.

Grant McFarlane, a 24-year-old music tutor, won the Hub logo competition. His logo is now the main brand identity; it encompasses images that reflect the creative nature of the Hub and is bi-lingual (Gaelic and English). Five runners up from the competition are attending the Highland Print Studio this week to further develop their designs and in collaboration will create a banner to be used at all events the Hub will attend.

As yet the Hub is still to decide if a community TV station is the most appropriate digital route to take. However, since this conversation, the Highland Hub has a Facebook and Twitter up and running (‘Highland Youth Arts Hub‘/@HighlandYAH). Young people can approach these avenues to learn about creative opportunities, regionally and nationally.

The Hub Youth Forum is now fully established. It has 25 reps (two from each partner organisation) and the first meeting took place in December, the next will be a residential in March. It is planned for two tablets to be purchased and become the responsibility of the Forum, who will create, manage and monitor content on Hub social media. The group are also in the process of curating a creative space for Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in August and will judge entries for our ‘Creative in Your Community’ scheme next week.

The first phase of ‘Creative in Your Community’ closes this Friday (31st). This enables young people aged 12-25 to apply for funding and support to create and manage their own cross-art form youth-led projects. This will be a running scheme for the duration of Time to Shine funding.


Find out more about the Highland Youth Arts Hub.


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