Arts practice and disconnected youth in Australia : impact and domains of change

Wright, Peter, Davies, Christina, Haseman, Brad, Down, Barry, White, Mike, & Rankin, Scott (2013) Arts practice and disconnected youth in Australia : impact and domains of change. Arts & Health : An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 5(3), pp. 190-203.

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Background: This paper describes research conducted with Big hART, Australia's most awarded participatory arts company. It considers three projects, LUCKY, GOLD and NGAPARTJI NGAPARTJI across separate sites in Tasmania, Western NSW and Northern Territory, respectively, in order to understand project impact from the perspective of project participants, Arts workers, community members and funders. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 29 respondents. The data were coded thematically and analysed using the constant comparative method of qualitative data analysis. Results: Seven broad domains of change were identified: psychosocial health; community; agency and behavioural change; the Art; economic effect; learning and identity. Conclusions: Experiences of participatory arts are interrelated in an ecology of practice that is iterative, relational, developmental, temporal and contextually bound. This means that questions of impact are contingent, and there is no one path that participants travel or single measure that can adequately capture the richness and diversity of experience. Consequently, it is the productive tensions between the domains of change that are important and the way they are animated through Arts practice that provides sign posts towards the impact of Big hART projects.

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ID Code: 68313
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Impact, Participatory arts, Big hART, Domains of change
DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2013.822397
ISSN: 1753-3023
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 00:56
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2014 00:56

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