Leading or being led by the young to later arts participation

Year: 2001

Author: Brown, Neil

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Reporting on research conducted by the author for the Australia Council for the Arts this paper portrays later involvement in the arts from the perspective of a mutually influential relationship between artworks and their youthful participants. It documents how the social profile of young participants in the arts influences the status of the arts they go on to support, how sub-cultural attitudes of the young shape the economic viability of the arts, and how young people use the arts to satisfy different needs in their lives. It also shows how artworks and performances, in return, appeal to a range of technical, cognitive, and cultural sympathies of the young in ways that are often overlooked by educators. For example, how the arts can regiment, proselytize, satirize, propagandize, excite sexual interest, and challenge the status quo of their youthful participants.

This paper documents how the social profile of young participants influences the status of the arts they support and how the arts and recent ways in which the arts are represented, in return, capture the loyalty of young participants.

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