Community Arts Projects: Enhancing, Teaching, and Learning

By Ian Bowell.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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At a time when schools are under pressure to cater for the diverse needs of students and staff, community arts projects have the potential to provide support for teaching and learning in schools. Drawing upon analysed data from four New Zealand case studies, this paper examines the relationship between community arts projects and participating schools. Initial data analysis demonstrates a link between a school’s participation in community arts projects and enhanced teaching and learning. Evidence highlights the important role played by situated learning and collaborative teaching methodologies in engaging students and supporting teachers. The case studies presented in this article include a community’s visual response to Matariki (Māori New Year), a masked parade, and the work of two public galleries in coordinating community visual arts based projects with community artists and local schools.

Keywords: Community Arts, Primary Schools, Projects

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2014, pp.43-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 13, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 358.423KB)).

Ian Bowell

Lecturer of Visual Art, School of Education Policy and Implementation, Faculty of Education, Victoria University, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

With experience in pre-service and in-service teacher education, Ian has a background in visual art education in both the primary and secondary sectors. He is also a practising artist having exhibited in New Zealand and the U.K. His recent research interests is the relationship between museum and gallery education and schools, investigating the link between student achievement and engagement following a museum or gallery LEOTC visit. A recent research project of his focused on developing community support to increase primary school teachers' confidence in teaching visual art. His current research project is focused on a series of community arts projects and their impact on teaching and learning in primary schools. He was the president of ANZAAE from 2007 to 2009.