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Brankin welcomes boost for arts projects
The first small-scale awards to be made from the Scottish Arts Council's new Arts and Social Inclusion National Lottery Scheme have been welcomed by Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport Rhona Brankin.
Four Social Inclusion Partnerships (SIPs) - in Greater Pollok, Clackmannanshire, Leven Valley and Edinburgh - have received awards of around £10,000 each, in recognition of the role that the arts can play in improving the quality of life in areas already designated as SIPs.
Ms Brankin said:
"Today's announcement by the Scottish Arts Council is a major boost for these partnerships. The Arts and Social Inclusion National Lottery Scheme recognises that the development of arts projects - as well as being great fun - can help our young people develop the self-confidence to play a full role in society.
"The Scottish Executive endorses this approach. We are currently developing a National Cultural Strategy which we want to be relevant to all the people of Scotland. The arts are for everyone and this scheme helps promotes that message."
News Release: SE1749/1999
20 Dec 1999