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Doune the Rabbit Hole’s ultimate aim is to ensure there is no financial boundary to children learning creative skills in Scotland. By “creative skills” we mean skills like playing instruments, writing poetry, sculpting and anything else you can think of that might be termed “art”. We’ve noticed that there’s a bit of disparity between wealthy folks – whose kids get to go off and learn how to do all these wonderful, creative and fun things through private tuition – and those who are less well-off whose parents might not be able to afford for their children to be privately educated in all these activities.
We could answer this with another question: How much of school did you really enjoy? Usually the answer is “Not much” and sadly that is still the case today no matter how much teachers tell you otherwise. Children don’t tend to immediately associate their school with fun and happiness. Everything that occurs in school is labelled dull, boring and uninteresting – which art is not! The classroom environment just isn’t ideal for teaching children creative skills. The Curriculum for Excellence is all well and good and it certainly encourages music and art tuition in schools but it doesn’t seem to work as well as hoped. Kids react much better to a creative education if it occurs outside of the classroom.
See this Scottish Government Report on the matter www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/12/14144908/0
So, what we propose to do is to provide free creative arts education outside school for kids who can’t afford to be privately educated. Another thing it says on the above report is that the more kids are involved in creative and cultural activities (like going to gigs, poetry readings, gallery openings, reading literature etc) the more likely they are to be interested in that kind of thing when they grow up.
Being creative makes people happy and we think happiness is a good thing! There are literally hundreds of psychological and scientific papers relating creativity to happiness – here is one to be getting on with: Creativity and Happiness.
We plan to promote affordable, interesting and family friendly events which are free for under 12s to attend so that they can get involved in arts and culture from an early age. Importantly, this does not mean the events are for kids – that would be defeating the point – they are for adults but are child-friendly so that children who attend them feel like adults and are not alienated. Through these events we hope to raise enough money to go towards teaching children creative skills for free.
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