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ERIC Number: EJ897635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3541
African American Youth and the Artist's Identity: Cultural Models and Aspirational Foreclosure
Charland, William
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v51 n2 p115-133 Win 2010
The decision to participate in visual arts studies in college and visual arts professions in adult life is the product of multiple factors, including the influences of family, community, peer group, mass culture, and K-12 schooling. Recognizing African American underrepresentation in visual arts studies and professions, this article explores how African American youth conceptualize art as a pursuit, and "artist" as a possible identity. Aspects of the identity development process that are particularly salient to minority youth are found to play a significant role in African Americans' commitment to pursue a path to visual arts studies. (Contains 6 tables and 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A