Gallery 37 is an intensive summer arts programme featuring dance, fashion, music, song writing, film, animation, digital arts, stencilling, circus skills, design, performance, visual arts, trips and shows.
It is aimed at 14-18 year olds, in particular those who are at risk of disengaging with mainstream education. The programme aims to support the young person back into education or positive engagement.
Gallery 37 began in the city of Chicago in 1991 as a summer job training program for young people ages 14 to 21. Its purpose was to attract artistically inclined young people to work alongside professional, trained artists on a range of creative and artistic activities, learning a variety of skills that could then translate to the workplace.
The young people would be introduced to these programs at the age of 14, and with each year in school, would progress upwards through the Gallery 37 ‘Ladder of Opportunity’ – building upon their skills set until they graduated high school and moved onto a college placement or internship programme.
Through positive relationships with adults and their peers, Gallery 37 participants are exposed to creative learning opportunities within their neighbourhoods and community areas. In 1998 the Gallery 37 model was adopted in Chicago’s sister city of Birmingham and in the summer of 2005 Impact Arts held its first Gallery 37 programme in Glasgow, which engaged 60 young people.
All activities are free and take place between July and August. The young people also receive free lunch and a bus pass. Referrals are taken between April and July.
How can I get referred or how do I refer someone?
For more information and a referral form you can contact the following people according to where you live:
Telephone 0141 575 3001
Ayrshire: Kirsty Gallagher
Telephone: 01294 466 780
Edinburgh: Jay Lafferty
Telephone: 0131 661 9102