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OUT OF THE BOX Positive Development and Social Change through the Arts

Bonnie Bracey Sutton Teacher Agent of Change, Power of US Foundation

Out of the Box: Positive Development & Social Change Through the Arts
Published December 17, 2012
Authored by Ping Ho

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From early childhood to adolescence, the arts can foster youth movements for social change through positive development. Students who experience high levels of arts enrichment show greater academic performance, enrollment in and graduation from high school and college, civic and community service, news consumption, and engagement in local politics. Moreover, participation in the arts—even as a spectator—predicts increases in civic engagement, tolerance and altruism, regardless of age, race, or education.

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This paper is part of the Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series.

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