£400,000 funding for Youth arts hubs to let local talent shine ...

Youth Arts Hub outlets are to be delivered in seven areas across Fife thanks to funding from Creative Scotland.

It was announced this week that £400,000 has been allocated to help support youth arts provision in the Kingdom as part of Scotland’s national youth arts strategy, ‘Time to Shine’.

A network of nine regional Youth Arts Hubs is to be created across Scotland - including one here in Fife - through partnerships between local and national arts and youth services providers.

Fife Cultural Trust will deliver Youth Arts Hub outlets in the seven areas of Fife - Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Levenmouth, North East Fife, Cowdenbeath and South West Fife, in addition to an eighth virtual digital hub.

Working across multiple art forms, at staged levels of engagement, Fife’s Youth Arts Hub will create a programme of arts provision for young people in the area.

Youth Arts Hub partners include Fife Council, Fife Youth Theatre, Anim8s, Caged Beastie, Fife College, Youth Music Theatre Scotland, Fife Film Crew, Starcatchers, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, All or Nothing and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Heather Stuart, chief executive of Fife Cultural Trust, said: “Creative Scotland’s support for the development of Youth Arts Hubs across Fife is a significant vote of confidence in the young people of the area.

“The project, which will be delivered by Fife Cultural Trust and key partners will further embed youth arts engagement across Fife and will allow young people to have real influence and a clear voice.

“The young people involved in this project will drive and shape it, building capacity, skills and legacy for the future.”

Councillor Gavin Yates, Fife Council’s executive spokesman for Community Health and Wellbeing, welcomed the funding.

He said: “Fife Council are delighted to be contributing to this exciting new project.

“The development of Youth Arts Hubs across the Kingdom will be of great benefit to young people of all backgrounds, and is a fantastic way to grow skills and confidence in the region’s young people.”

Acting as focal points for regional youth arts delivery, the hubs will nurture and celebrate ambition, enthusiasm and talent in Scotland’s young people by improving the regional infrastructure.