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Introducing Fife Youth Arts Hub

Fife Youth Arts Taster Tour - October 2014

As one of nine Youth Arts Hubs funded through Time to Shine, Fife Youth Arts Hub aim to create and promote creative projects and partnerships to everyone in Fife aged 0 – 25.

Fife Youth Arts Hub coordinator Janet Robertson, tells us what they’ve been up to since coming together in October and their big plans for 2015…

Can you tell us a bit about how Fife Youth Arts Hub will connect up the 7 different areas of Fife?

The team has been in place since 6 October and so far it's been a very fast and furious adventure...

We begun the process of creating Fife Youth Arts Hub by talking with children and young people in all seven council areas, to start understanding and responding to their ideas and inspirations.

Local people tend not to see themselves as anything other than Fifers connected throughout the Kingdom, so making sure that Fife Youth Arts Hub is one whole and not seven slices, is then in theory, much less difficult to achieve.

We're dedicated to making sure that as many children and young people as possible within Fife have a clear pathway from their front door to national and international excellence if that's what they aspire to.

Initial mapping and research has offered us a reasonable picture of the provision already in place; the availability of spaces for activity to happen in; of the teaching artists and organisations delivering the provision; and the amount of current participation levels. Through our Taster Sessions we've clearly heard from the children and young people in each area what they are keen to see more of and conversations with regional and national organisations have shared information on the types of projects that they might be able to deliver within Fife.

All this information is being used to help each area develop a different art form specialism, with a programme of regional residencies acting as springboards for the development of Fife Youth Arts Hub centres of artistic excellence in performance, creation and education.

Hub 8 is your online Hub, how will that complement the work happening on the ground?

Encompassing a website, blog and social media channels, Hub8 will be a place for information, communication, collaboration and celebration online.

The website will have up-to-date information on what's on offer and will show clearly where to look for age-group, art form and area specific information as well as communicate wider opportunities and events.

Our Hub8 Heroes pages will champion the work of the young people of Fife and celebrate and promote their achievements, and our Hub8 experts will offer teaching and learning through uploaded content and through signposting opportunities to learning and skills building.

Through our social media networks we will encourage children and young people to communicate with others throughout Fife who share their creative passions - giving them the opportunity to share work, experiences and challenges.

Take a Bite was your taster tour and first big event for the hub, can you tell us a bit about that?

October's Take a Bite tour brought empowerment and arts taster sessions to each area of Fife. The Tour delivered nine Tasters in total and we managed to generate conversations with around 250 children and young people.

Using lots of mind maps and millions of post it notes we gathered amazing thoughts and wishes. Once the Tour was complete the team processed all the information to create "wordles" showing clearly what was important and what was not across each of the questions. This allowed us to see a clear and immediate overall picture while quickly understanding the area differences.

    What’s next for Fife Youth Arts Hub?

    Currently FYHA has our Christmas Sing! project running with 324 Primary aged children in the Kirkcaldy area. In partnership with the local Business Improvement District - Kirkcaldy 4 All - we commissioned one of our young artists in training to compose a new song to celebrate the Christmas Lights switch on in the town.

    Our first Teaching Artists meeting - speed dating for Arts Projects - has taken place and around 30 Fife based Teaching Artists came along to hear more about FYAH updates, understand the benefits programme, contribute to peer centred CPD programming, and network to develop new FYAH collaborations and project proposals.

    Working across Fife Cultural Trust we have met all the teams delivering theatre, museum, gallery and library content throughout the Kingdom. We have a FYAH 'buddy' on each team and we are very excited to be able to work together with such a diverse and active programme as it allows for wide collaboration and skills sharing in every art form.

    January 2015 sees the beginning of our YDance residency for Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath area; the start of our digital arts tasters across Fife creating a compilation graphic novel 'The Seven Wonders of Fife' and of course, the launch of Hub8.

    FYAH Connectors and Directors rewarded roles for young people will be advertised at the start of 2015 and once the children and young people are in post they will be one of the first groups to work with the brand new SKY Talent Academy in Livingston as part of their induction process.

    And...we are at the beginning of putting our Fife Youth Arts Festival together for summer 2015!

    More Info

    To find out more about Fife Youth Arts Hub visit hub8fife.com. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @hub8fife.

    Published on 8 November 2013, Scotland's first National Youth Arts Strategy (Time to Shine) sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through the arts and creativity.

    Announced in April 2014, the nine Youth Arts Hubs – in Aberdeen and North East, Argyll, Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Highlands, Moray and West Dunbartonshire - were formed through partnerships between local and national arts and youth services providers, to increase access to youth arts across Scotland across a range of art forms.

    This article was published on 12 Dec 2014