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Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner


Art engagement and participation in after-school programs has proven to have positive effects on academic achievement, youth development and the overall learning experience. The goal of this study is to investigate how art-engagement in an afterschool setting impacts student characteristics and the learning environment. Using a qualitative approach, I measure the effects of an art intervention I proposed and facilitated though observations and interviews. Through my research, I found that art engagement in an after-school setting increases student’s participation, engagement and creativity while helping manage negative behavior. Not only does it promote positive youth culture, it also havens a safe space where student are comfortable and responsive. My research differs from previous studies by focusing on a certain type of after-school program and the effects it has on social development rather than academic achievement.


Senior project completed at Trinity College for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies. Full text access is limited to the Trinity campus only.

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