Artists and musicians affected by the Covid will be offered academic support work to primary school students
Up to 50 freelancers will be hired as tutors for primary schools, where they will run cultural workshops on traditional Scottish languages and dialects, as well as music, drama, dance and the visual arts.
An observation program will help them train assistant tutors, who will continue to run the workshops as part of the primary school curriculum.
Gaelic arts organization Feisean nan Gaidheal will deliver the program to the West Isles, Orkney and Shetland, as well as the islands of Argyll and Bute, the Highlands and North Ayrshire.
The University of the Highlands and Islands will support tutors, leading to accreditation of their work.
Jamie Hepburn, Minister of Higher and Higher Education, Youth Employment and Training, said: “Many independents have experienced considerable financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“On top of that, we know that many touring musicians will also face challenges due to the UK leaving the EU for some time.
“This new program will provide valuable retraining and employment opportunities for creative freelancers to work across all of our 93 inhabited Scottish islands.
“Not only will schoolchildren learn about the rich cultural diversity of our island communities, but this project will also help promote Gaelic, Shetland and Scottish languages and local dialects unique to islands such as Orkney.
Arthur Cormack, Managing Director of Feisean nan Gaidheal, said the organization was ‘grateful for the Scottish Government’s support in implementing this new program which will help independent creative practitioners recover from the economic effects of the pandemic’.
He added, “The training will be an important part of the program in an effort to increase the resilience of freelancers and better prepare them to work in school settings in the future.
“All of the primary schools on our islands have been given an exciting opportunity to allow local artists to work with a one-year group, immersing themselves in the local culture which is an integral part of our island communities. “