Accessing The Cultural Conversation: Investigating Participation And Non-Participation Of Young People As Audiences Of Live Theatrical Performances In Australia

Grant number: LP0776532 | Funding period: 2008 - 2011

Completed

Abstract

In order to promote the healthy development of young Australians, where health in middle and late childhood is crucial (National Research Priority 2) a thriving arts sector is essential. For young people to see themselves as real participants in civic engagement with their society not as a marginalised group but as a legitimate sub-group of society, they need access to active participation in the cultural conversation, including live theatrical performance. For this, the arts community, policy makers and arts educators need to better understand young people's engagement with the major providers of theatre, and what factors inhibit or exclude them.