Arts and culture are an essential aspect of a vibrant nation, and both older and younger Scots have important ways to contribute in this area. Ensuring that younger and older people are consulted when planning a new project is an effective way of mainstreaming their needs. Research shows that involvement with arts and culture can aid social inclusion efforts, but it is important to keep in mind that different age groups have different interests, needs, and involvement levels with arts and culture.
- Scottish Arts Council Education Briefing (2005) Information on what the Scottish Arts Council's aims are for Education and how we invest in Arts Education in Scotland.
- Expressing Themselves: Youth Consultation (2005) An analysis of young people's views on arts and culture in Scotland and how the arts should be delivered to them in the future. This National Youth Consultation on the Arts by Young Scot on behalf of the Scottish Arts Council was carried out between July and November 2004.
- Arts Education - A Lifelong Learning Stategy 2004-2009 (2004) Outlining the aims and objectives of the Scotttish Arts Council regarding Arts Education in Scotland.
- Lifelong Learning, The Arts & Older People (2002) This research was carried out to inform the Scottish Arts Council on current policy and practice with regards to arts and older people (defined as people aged 50+) and to provide information as a basis of decision-making on disbursement of the lifelong learning fund.
- Encourage - Art. University of Strathclyde. The overall aim of the Encourage programme is to expand and encourage older people's involvement in arts activites in Glasgow through links with professional arts organisations, local groups and individuals. Encourage helps older people to engage in activities through a mixture of workshops and performances.