Transformative Power of Art

photo Amy Braswell © 2009 Albany Park Theater Project

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives was inspired in part by the work of Shirley Brice Heath. Her research shows that arts and culturally based after-school programs for at-risk youth have the most success in reaching young people and helping them develop skills for productive and successful lives.  Her book: ArtShow: A Resource Guide was written for a popular audience to learn from Ms. Heath’s 10 years of research for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and is available at Partners for Livable Communities.

Other resources

Shirley Brice Heath

New research on teaching artists

Community Arts Network

Network of Ensemble Theaters

Americans for the Arts YouthARTS

“I Am the Central Park Jogger”

Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts

Youth on the Move