Culture is about more than artists

Recognising that culture is much more broad than just painting, drama and music is important - culture is about the liberal arts and popular culture. 

Why the contribution is important

Thousands of Scots work, study and are interested in philosophy, history, psychology, religious studies and the social sciences as well as in the creative industries. It is vital that all of these people are given oppourtunities in any new cultural vision. 

by misosoup on July 24, 2017 at 04:04PM

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  • Posted by TimCollins July 29, 2017 at 08:58

    Culture is the result of intellectual and aesthetic engagement; it is the social narrative that a community, perhaps a nation carries that situates identities in some way that has meaning. It is not a singularity, there is no one culture, but there are cultures within every place based community. Cultural diversity is very healthy, where the opposite is not. Culture is in part a result of creative development, aesthetic development intellectual development, a pattern of learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generation through the use of tools, language and systems of abstract thought. So all disciplines, bodies of knowledges, community of practice, language and place are culture writ large.

    The problem is culture is attenuated by a fixation on economic value as if it were pragmatic value.
    Pragmatics are a relationship between socially relevant production, ethics and aesthetics.
  • Posted by gwenadair August 01, 2017 at 18:05

    Culture also includes heritage. Our culture seems to have moved from one where education and innovation were valued, to one where we want to cling to the staus quo. We have become risk-averse, and that stultifies creativity and culture. Most importantly culture must be inclusive not exclusive. People living in financial poverty or with poverty of aspiration can find it hard to engage with "cultural" activities or debate because it seems to have nothing to do with their struggle to survive. It can however be their way out.
  • Posted by girvind November 30, 2017 at 16:14

    Absolutely agree with both the comments above. Culture is CREATED by our heritage whilst it also ADDS to it. As I said in another thread, I have more Scots poets and artists in my village than we have folk with degrees. Brilliant creativity springs from life experience. Living in 'Burns territory' that creativity is valued and nourished quite apart from the mainstream 'cultural activity' of galleries and theatres. This is what we must cherish and motivate, ordinary folk coming together to create. Poverty stultifies and demotivates, the mission of government is this regard is to free creativity from the confines of finance. Most ordinary folk don't want riches (even though they joke about it). Most folk just want 'enough' and to be able to give expression to their talent without being required to starve for it!.
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