Community Arts contributes to the wellbeing and lifelong learning of the people of West Lothian by providing opportunities to participate in the arts.
Community Arts supports the development of arts and cultural activity in West Lothian through the provision of an arts programme and participation opportunities at Linlithgow Burgh Halls.
Working in partnership with Planning and Economic Development Services, Community Arts manages the council's Public Art programme. Funded by developer contributions, the Public Art programme engages with communities and enables them to manage the commissioning of new public art works and also catalogues, maintains and decommissions existing art works.
The art galleries in the venues present a changing programme of high quality solo shows, touring exhibitions and commissioned new work. Exhibitions are accompanied by an educational programme related to the exhibition themes or artistic approach on display.
West Lothian Council commissions Firefly Arts Ltd to provide youth theatre and associated services for children and young people aged 5 to 25 to develop their personal, social, educational and artistic skills, improve their self-confidence and attainment and lessen their risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour or low level criminality. Firefly receive an annual grant from the council to provide this service. While this core funding supports workshop and performance activity in Livingston, Bathgate and Linlithgow, it also enables the company to lever in project funds from charitable trusts and foundations, thereby generating significantly increased arts provision for young people who are socially, economically or geographically disadvantaged.
Community Arts provides Link Officer support for Firefly Arts Ltd, monitoring the organisation's performance in achieving the outcomes purchased through a Funding Agreement and carrying out the council's annual "Health Check" monitoring process.