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ERIC Number: EJ1039610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep-6
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: EISSN-1529-8094
The Power of Art to Develop Artists and Activists
Prettyman, Sandra Spickard; Gargarella, Elisa
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v14 spec iss 2.7 Sep 2013
Many teens today feel as though they have limited opportunities to prove to society that they can make positive and meaningful contributions to their communities. They are presented with few opportunities to make important choices and decisions regarding their lives and communities and often have no mechanisms in their everyday lives to help them engage in meaningful ways in their communities (Youniss, Christmas-Best, Diversi, et al., 2002). In this article, we explore how Arts-UP, a summer art education program for urban teens, fosters self and social transformation by helping youth engage in their local community. Results demonstrate that Arts-UP participants see themselves as part of a larger community of artists, and also as active participants in their communities. We argue that programs like Arts-UP are imperative in creating not only future artists, but also future activists who will be critical thinkers and active, democratic citizens.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A