The Articulate Cultural Trust is delighted to be consulting you about a youth arts strategy for Dumfries and Galloway.
We would be delighted to know from organisations who are involved with youth arts in the area what you consider to be the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities influencing delivery.
We know you will have great ideas and experiences to share with us, so please take approximately 25 minutes to complete this survey and help shape a plan for the future.
Your feedback will be included in a wider consultation exercise being carried out by the Articulate Cultural Trust on behalf of DG Unlimited.
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This first section is about your organisation and the young people you work with.  We'd like to understand the breadth of activities on offer across Dumfries and Galloway.

 
Name:

 
Organisation:

 
Postcode:

 
What's your ambition for young people and the arts in Dumfries and Galloway?

 
In which area of Dumfries and Galloway or Scotland does your organisation work?


 
What art-forms does your organisation provide or promote in the area?


 
How many staff (inc. full-time, part-time and volunteers) support the work of your organisation?

 
How many hours per month do volunteers contribute to your youth arts programme?

 
How and when do you offer arts activity to young people?


 
What is the age range of the young people involved with your arts provision?


 
How many young people in total do you currently involve in your activities?

 
Are young people involved in the planning and running of the activities?

     
 
If young people are involved in planning and running of your activities can you explain how?

 
Do young people receive recognised certification for participation in your programme?

     
 
If young people do receive recognised certification for participation in your programme can you let us know which achievement framework/s you use?

 
In this second section we ask about the strengths of youth arts provision in the area.  We're interested in what's working well and what can be developed and built upon.

 
There is a broad range of high quality artistic and creative opportunities for young people in Dumfries and Galloway.

 
What are the particular strengths of arts provision for young people in Dumfries and Galloway?

 
How and where do you think that support for youth arts needs to be most targeted?

 
What would you prioritise to further enable young audiences, youth participation, young artists and young arts leaders?

 
How could we better align local resources to address identified needs?

 
How would you tackle issues faced in a large geographical area and in consideration of economies of scale?

 
What do you think are the challenges that face young people participating and progressing in the arts?  We'd like to know your thoughts on these themes in the following section.

 
Do you agree that there are gaps in arts provision for young people in Dumfries and Galloway?

 
What are the top three actions you would take to support participation in the arts by young people in Dumfries and Galloway?

 
Do you agree that arts activity in Dumfries and Galloway is easily accessible by young people?

 
What do you think gets in the way of young people's participation in the arts in Dumfries and Galloway?

 
Are there enough of the right places and spaces to support youth arts provision in Dumfries and Galloway?

 
Are there new productions, digital projects or innovative programmes of note that are created with or by young people in Dumfries and Galloway?

 
In this fourth section, we'd like to know how easy it is for young people to develop their talents and fulfil their creative potential.

 
Do you agree that progression pathways for local young people to develop their creative interests and talents are clear and easy to follow?

 
Do you agree that local young people are supported to develop their skills and progress into the creative industries?

 
Where and how do you signpost young people to further development and training?

 
Now we'd like to understand how much you know about the impact of your work and what young people say about their involvement.

 
Do you gather evaluative information and feedback from young people involved in your programme?

     
 
If you answered yes, what information do you gather and how do you gather it?

 
What do young people tell you and how do you act on what they say?

 
In this sixth section we're looking at the policy context in which your work sits.

 
With which policy documents, plans or strategic frameworks for young people and the arts do you align, reference or know?


 
I am confident that my organisation is aware of and delivering against national policies and plans.

 
I am confident that our work with young people is linked to local plans and is delivering positive outcomes in the area.

 
It's important that there is an over-arching youth arts strategy for Dumfries and Galloway.

     
 
If you answered yes, what would you hope that a regional youth arts strategy would achieve?

 
In this section we are interested in your views about leadership and what's important for the development of youth arts in Dumfries and Galloway.

 
Vision for and direction of youth arts in Dumfries and Galloway is clear and understood.

 
Leadership of youth arts across Dumfries and Galloway is strong and supportive.

 
It's important that young people have the opportunity to participate in the leadership of youth arts at national level.

 
Young people are empowered to lead within the youth arts landscape in Dumfries and Galloway.

 
We have the right mix of capacity, capability and confidence to lead in youth arts provision in the area.

 
There are good opportunities to identify best practice from elsewhere and share this knowledge with others.

 
What do you think needs to happen to ensure strong leadership of youth arts in Dumfries and Galloway?

 
In this section we'd like to know your views on partnerships, networking and training opportunities in the area and how you view opportunties for collaboration.

 
Partnership working is a key strength in developing youth arts in Dumfries and Galloway.

 
My organisation has had the opportunity to collaborate locally on youth arts projects.

     
 
My organisation has had the opportunity to collaborate nationally and/or internationally on youth arts projects.

     
 
If you have had the chance to work in collaboration or partnership please explain what those opportunities brought to your organisation and/or young people?

 
What would you say are the main benefits of partnership working in Dumfries and Galloway?

 
What would you say are the key challenges to successful partnership working in the area?

 
Strong networks are important to the development and sustainability of youth arts in Dumfries and Galloway.

 
Current arts networks local are supporting young people well and assisting me and my organisation to develop.

 
I feel more connected to my local network/s than I do to national/sectoral network/s.

 
What do you feel successful network/s should do in support of young people in the arts and organisations working in youth arts in Dumfries and Galloway?

 
The local arts community and young people are well supported to develop new creative skills and innovative practices?

 
How and where do artists, staff and volunteers as well as young people access formal training to develop their creative practice within Dumfries and Galloway?

 
In this last section we'd like to know your views on how well communication works across the area.

 
Communication across and throughout the youth arts sector in the region is strong?

 
If you feel communication could be strengthened, what improvement/s would you most like to see?

 
Youth arts practice and achievement should be highlighted, celebrated and promoted across the region more than it is currently.

 
If you feel promotions could be strengthened, what improvement/s would you most like to see?

 
That completes the survey.  Is there any final comment you would like to make to help us capture a clear picture of your views and ideas for youth arts provision in Dumfries and Galloway?

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