HIE recognises how culture is an important driver of economic and social growth within our communities. Through our Collaborative Creative Communities (CCC) programme, we support a vast range of community-led cultural development activities across the region.
A further component of CCC is our HIE-led national strategic partnership comprising Creative Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland, Social Enterprise Academy, Senscot, Community Enterprise in Scotland and Cultural Enterprise Office. We work with our strategic partners to maximise resources, skills and expertise to support the delivery of CCC.
CCC was introduced to our portfolio of cultural development programmes in 2014. It is founded on the principles that locally accessible support – developed by the sector, for the sector - is an effective route to enhance community cultural activity and growth across the region. The model has been designed to enable some of our key cultural social enterprises to work with local partner organisations to develop and deliver innovative programmes of cultural development activity. The programme’s outcomes range from work placements for young people in the culture and creative industries sector to business support and skills development for organisations and individuals.
Through CCC, we are currently working with a range of cultural social enterprises and partner organisations that cover a broad spectrum of arts and cultural disciplines. For example, Atlas, on Skye, specialises in visual arts. Orkney’s St Magnus Festival focuses on music, and Bodysurf is a contemporary dance company in Moray. All participant organisations show a strong commitment to deliver community benefits through cultural activities as well as achieving artistic excellence.
Former Director of Strengthening Communities Rachael McCormack, and strategic lead for CCC said, “This programme aims both to strengthen social enterprises which provide jobs and wider benefits within communities, and to tap into the enormous reserves of talent and creativity which exist in all our communities.
“It’s very important to HIE that our community projects are ultimately owned and developed by local people, with the agency’s role being to support and enable them to achieve success.”