ERIC Number: ED439079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
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Building Community through Intergenerational Art Education.
La Porte, Angela M.
This paper identifies the building of community during an ethnographic study of an intergenerational art education program in Harlem, New York City. The study examined intergenerational interactions between seniors and teenagers during their participation in an afterschool art program. Seniors were chosen from a list of 100 persons registered for Meals-on-Wheels, and teenagers chosen were primarily from the same neighborhood. The research described, analyzed, and interpreted interactions between the young students and older participants during the programs three components: oral history, art making, and social service. All activities contributed to the formation of relationships between teens and seniors. Collecting oral histories and making art works intensified the exchange of personal history and culture, reduced age-related stereotypes, and empowered young and older participants. Intergenerational exchanges during art making provided a relaxed, unintimidating setting, and art training became more focused and meaningful when older adults were present. Interactions between teenagers and seniors during the intergenerational art program built community through a dialogic process including both educational and social implications. Community within the context of the study included a body of people who developed mutual respect and understanding for one another and participated freely in dialogue among different ethnicities, ages, and genders. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)