How do young people develop through youth arts programs and how can these programs reflect and extend young people’s personal interests? How can youth arts support participatory democracy and social change?
Frances Howard puts forward a powerful case for the value of youth arts programs, whilst acknowledging and interrogating the complexities involved, including unequal access to provision and the class-based harm that can be inadvertently practiced within them.
Drawing on the author's own practice experience, alongside a range of international case studies showing best practice, this grounded and accessible text will be welcome reading to academics, students and practitioners across Education, Youth and Community courses.
"Youth Work? The arts? It’s the future. This is a much needed map of the territory, inviting us to consider cultural production by young people as an essential democratic practice." Janet Batsleer, Manchester Metropolitan University
“Art-based methods can work wonders for the young, but it is hard to point out exactly how and why. Dr. Howard has presented a book which enables us to answer these crucial questions.” Tomi Kiilakoski, Finnish Youth Research Network
Frances Howard is Senior Lecturer in Youth Studies in the Department of Social Work, Care and Community at Nottingham Trent University. Her research interests include youth work, arts programs, music-making and wellbeing. Frances is Co-Convenor of the BERA Youth Studies and Informal Education SIG group and is active in practice, as a volunteer for Nottingham Community Artists’ Network.
2: Current and future trends in Youth Arts Programs
3: Knowing Young People
4: Researching the Arts Award in Youth Work Settings
5: Youth Arts Practices
6: Youth Arts Pedagogies
7: Accommodating Common Culture
8: Celebrating Cultural Democracy
9: Cultivating Cultural Citizenship
10: Enabling Youth Arts Programs to Flourish