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The People's Parish - Our Place. Our Stories.

The People’s Parish aims to:

• Involve all of Scotland’s 871 parishes

• Bring together local activists and organisations

• Encourage participation in community life

• Inspire new forms of mapping

• Gather and give voice to songs, stories, dances, traditions, visuals, histories and fictions

• Facilitate digital representation of local culture and access to it

• Create a resource for generations to come.

 

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Gifting Every Child

Scotland’s traditional arts scene cannot be underestimated in its vibrancy and variety. But it is vitally important that we do not become complacent in assuming it will be transferred automatically to the next generation.

In our increasingly digital world, the oral tradition and intergenerational passing on of songs and stories is in decline. However, this does not need to spell disaster for future generations, as new opportunities to engage larger audiences with the traditional arts through digital mediums are emerging.

What songs, stories, dance steps and seasonal customs should every child in Scotland know?

This was the thinking behind the Gifting Every Child project, curated by storyteller Bea Ferguson, singer Christina Stewart and dancer Mats Melin on behalf of TRACS.

This multimedia resource encourages the user to pick and choose which elements are best suited to their situation, with material that can be catered towards different ages to enhance engagement and enjoyment.

At a time where evidence of creativity in the classroom is being given a significant push – not simply as an aid to pass texts and exams, but as a key skill which can benefit children’s confidence for years to come –Gifting Every Child provides a perfect starting point for teachers, educators and youth group leaders to engage with the traditional arts through learning in fresh and innovative ways.

Gifting Every Child is broadly targeted towards 6-9 year olds but has flexibility on both ends.

 

Gifting Every Child Resource