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There are an abundance of theories about why the arts should be in young people's lives. This article summarizes a decade of research by a team of anthropologists in after-school programs considered high quality by students. It highlights common successful characteristics in programs, whether of academic, sport, community service, or arts focus. The surprising element uncovered by the study is that the prominence of "risk" in arts-based programs makes them especially developmental sites.
Author: Shirley Brice Heath and Elizabeth Soep
Heath, S.B.& Soep, E. (1998). Youth Development and the Arts in Nonschool Hours. GIA Newsletter, Vol 9, No 1.