Alyn Smith MP and Evelyn Tweed MSP have welcomed a funding award from Museums Galleries Scotland, to the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum Trust, as part of the Scottish Government’s Get Into Summer initiative.
£9,491 in funding will support a one-day event of ‘wonder & imagination’ in the gardens at the Smith Art Gallery & Museum on Saturday 7th August, including theatrical performances, circus skills and educational activities aimed at 4-13 year olds. Free transport from local primary schools will be provided, as well as packed lunches to ensure the event is accessible to those most in need.
The Museums Galleries Scotland funding of £417,000 is part of a wider £20 million summer activities package to help children and young people most impacted by the pandemic make the most of their summer.
Stirling MSP Evelyn Tweed said:
‘The pandemic has hit many people hard, especially our children and young people. Faced with a challenging economic landscape, as well as pandemic-related disruption to their educational experiences, I’m proud our Scottish Government is funding fun and engaging summer activities all across Scotland.
‘Our young people’s mental health and social experiences are so important, and they deserve to make some happy memories. I wish Stirling Council, the Stirling Smith and other key stakeholders across the community well in their activities.’
Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:
‘Young people have had a tough time of it over the past 18 months. Their education has faced huge changes, as have their economic perspectives. Programmes such as these are a welcome reminder of the real, positive impact good government can achieve in our communities.
‘Summer should be a time to develop memorable experiences, and grow as active members of society. I’m very pleased to see the Scottish Government investing in our young people, their mental health and the wellbeing of Stirling.
More information on the one-day ‘Family Garden Party’ event can be found here: https://www.smithartgalleryandmuseum.co.uk/product/family-garden-party/
Further information on the Scottish Government’s wider programme can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/news/get-into-summer/