Youth on the edge of society and their participation in community art projects

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A growing number of research studies emphasize that art projects make a difference for youth on the edge of society in relation to social inclusion, increased well-being and stronger relations to formal education/employability. However, while these studies present inspiring cases and convincingly point to the significance of involving young people in art practices, they often seem less focused on analysing the conditions constituting a positive difference. Based on a recent study, this article introduces six core elements present in young people’s accounts about how art can work across art forms and projects. The approach thus proposes a shift from a focus on validating the positive effects of art projects to a discussion of the defining practices, when youth on the edge of society engage in community art projects.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Education Through Art
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)201-215
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • alternative social arenas
  • art practices
  • community arts
  • empowerment
  • social change
  • youth on the edge


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