‘Arts Explorers: it’s a stage they’re going to’ is an Edinburgh-based project that aims to address the perception among socially excluded young people that the arts are not for them. This report summarises the project and gives recommendations for others. It concludes that young people are ready to engage in the arts provided four elements are in place: investment, interpreters, information and involvement.
The action research premise of the project was that the young people would learn to be an audience at the same time as the organisations learned from the experiences of the young people. Consequently the aims were to demystify the arts in the eyes of socially disadvantaged young people aged 14-18 and to develop a framework that could be used to replicate the project in the future.