Scottish Opera's Education Department was founded in 1971, making it the longest-established education and outreach unit of any opera house in Europe. It has helped to change the face of arts education in Scotland and is committed to engaging an ever-growing number of people in the art-form of opera, using a unique programme of performance-based projects and workshops catering to a wide cross-section of the community, both at home and abroad.
One of the most important projects undertaken by the Department is the annual
School Tour - principally aimed at 8-11 year olds - which visits around 130 primary schools around Scotland every year, reaching around 13,000 children. It is the biggest performance-based expressive arts programme in Europe for children of primary age, and has been used widely as a model in other expressive arts programmes around the world.
The Scottish Symposium is
presented annually (since 1996), bringing together the leadership
in the Scottish community in the United States and providing
a platform for discussion of issues of importance to the country.
Guest speakers from Scotland have proved to be a major attraction.
Foundation was instrumental in establishing The Scottish
Coalition and in the creation of Tartan Day as a national observance
The Scottish Information Network conducts
research and answers questions from the public at no charge
in all areas of Scottish interests.
A Scottish Music Shelf
has been established in association with the Sarasota Music
Archive at the Selby Public Library in Sarasota, Florida.
Donations of books, recordings and memorabilia are welcomed.
exhibit of outstanding Scots and Scots-Americans has been
created and is shown at appropriate venues around the country
as a public service.