Project Description

National Youth Arts Advisory Group

Creative Scotland

An older person in a hat smiles while working in a carpentry workshop ROSIE An older person in a hat smiles while working in a carpentry workshop MIKKEL An older person in a hat smiles while working in a carpentry workshop NEVE An older person in a hat smiles while working in a carpentry workshop NYAAG
A young person wearing headphones monitors a camera during an interview
A young person films a close up of their peer's eye against a brightly lit backdrop in a studio environment
Two young people edit an interview together at a large computer screen, one is wearing headphones
A child shares their views on camera, they are holding a worksheet which reads "Amplify your voice"
A young person being filmed laughs with their peers who are standing off camera to the side

summary of project

NYAAG, the National Youth Arts Advisory Group, are a group of young people supported by Creative Scotland and Young Scot to provide a youth voice and inform on the policy and provision of Scotland’s national youth arts strategy, Time to Shine.

Media Education worked with the group for two years in a consultancy role. We supported the group to develop their media skills, advocate for their views and opinions on the arts in Scotland, and develop their outreach role.

our approach

Together with the young people, we worked to create a fun and engaging workshop template, designed to get young people thinking about the role of the arts in society. The workshops encourage participating young people to form arguments about what they think about the arts and its role in their lives, and what barriers to access they may face.

We worked with the group to develop their facilitation skills, and to deliver a series of workshops and video consultation activities across Scotland. Our goal was to reach young people who, due to their circumstances, may not ordinarily have the opportunity to have their say.

In two years, the group produced over 30 films and created podcasts which have played on eight community radio stations across Scotland. The statements from young people in the workshops highlight the impact on mental health and wellbeing of cuts to arts provision, and are a powerful testament to the central role the arts play in personal development.

“The arts allow everyone, not just youths, to experience new worlds, new people, new emotions, new sides of themselves. The arts can change the world.

Art can save people, it can bring people together in a way that is virtually unparalleled. It brings joy, sadness, laughter, tears; through stage, music, canvas, voice, film.

The world is art, yet we seem to be forgetting how the arts brought us here.”

Age 16, Outreach Workshop Participant, Inverness
NYAAG logo, the National Youth Arts Advisory Group, subheading reads "We are the voice of youth arts"
Media Education logo, white

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