Scotland in Europe is a not for profit organisation set up in Paris in
1991, and in Scotland in 1992. It has organised and produced over fifty
projects, most of which included people who had never been involved in
the arts before - for a variety of reason they had been disenfranchised.
The aims of Scotland in Europe is to promote grassroots arts projects
mainly by annual themes set by the European Parliament and others and
addressed through literary, musical and artistic productions.
We always aim to build sustainable networks with like-minded individuals
and organisations advance and enhance opportunities for people who have
never been involved in the arts. We take participants through training
processes which involve making personal choices that help them develop
insight and awareness of decisions that affect their lives.
Over the twenty-seven years we have been in existence the outcomes have
been varied. Scotland in Europe has worked with children, adults, seniors
and people living in areas designated as deprivation areas. We also work
with people who simply identify with the concept of that the arts is an
excellent engagement tool for helping people understand how decisions
Participants begin to understand the importance of their won contributions
regarding the decisions and choices the3y make concerning their own lives.
Not only do they engage with the importance of taking part in social decision
making such as voting inn elections, but also by taking the initiative
and becoming involved as a citizen cognisant of what they would wish to
see happen to themselves, their communities and their country.
Scotland in Europe has had much success in attainment with 35-40% of people
we engage with going into meaningful employment in art practice in a variety
of forms to which they found themselves attracted to; in particular: music,
writing, film and photography.