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A presentation for ALA annual 2012 on how art programs in public libraries affected civic engagement in teens. Research funded by Henne/VOYA/YALSA research grant from 2011.

A presentation for ALA annual 2012 on how art programs in public libraries affected civic engagement in teens. Research funded by Henne/VOYA/YALSA research grant from 2011.


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    • 1. 1Graffiti, Poetry, Dance How Public Library Art Programs Affect Teens Shannon Crawford Barniskis
    • 2. EXQUISITE CORPSE 1. Consider the line that was just written. 2. Fold the paper down over the line you read. 3. Write one line of poetry/wisdom/whatever that follows more-or-less logically from the previous one & DON’T BE RISK-AVERSE! 4. Pass the page to your left.CC BY-SA 3.0A Cadavre 5. Read aloud when our time is up.exquis by Marc M.Gustà, Bernat M.Gustà & IreneAlcón.
    • 3. This is happening right now…
    • 4. … in alibrary near you.
    • 5. 2 TEENS ARE drawing henna tattoos remixing songs making flash videos knitting cooking dancing making altered books … CREATING ALL KINDS OF
    • 6. 3Why?
    • 7. “If the provision of information is no longer its most important role, (Johnson 2010, p. 147)
    • 8. CIVICLIBRARIES ENGAGEMENT
    • 9. How do art programs in public libraries affect civic4 engagement in teens?
    • 10. subquestions• What does civic engagement look like to teens?• How engaged do teens feel within their communities?• What are the barriers to civic engagement?• How can art affect this sense of engagement?• How do libraries support civic engagement? How can they support it better?• How do libraries support teens? How can they support them better?
    • 11. Civic engagement means working to make a difference in thecivic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that differenceIt means promoting the quality of life in a community, throughboth political and non-political processes. (Ehrlich, 2000)5
    • 12. Research & theoretical works onTeens, Libraries, CivicEngagement, & ArtIncluding:• How art effects civic engagement• Public Libraries’ civic engagement mission• Social capital• Empathy• Forced “volunteering”• Best practices for teen library servicesTHE LITERATUREBut articles or papers onthe library art programs?Nope. 6
    • 13. “My interests are valued by thecommunity, and the libraryproves it.”says Eli Neuberger in Gaming and Libraries (Levine, 2009, p.16),
    • 14. method1library6art programs14 teens interviewed 7
    • 15. Teen-centered research
    • 16. LIMITATIONS
    • 17. the8 theory
    • 18. ART MOVES US “When I see a painting I think of why the artist would paint that way or have his thought in that vision. I tried to pretend I’m that artist and try to look at something, and paint it the way that they would paint it.” (Nick, 16)9
    • 19. WE WANT TO CONNECT, WE WANT TO OPEN UP“I’ve taught chain mail to a woman thatwas I believe was like 67 years old and shepicked it up like that … you can reallybrainstorm with people from differentgenerations that have different ideas on thesame things.” (Eric, 18, who has taught classes at a library)
    • 20. IT’S AN ADULT’S WORLD strongly str dis I feel like a valued member of I feel like a valued member agree on ag my community (before) 0% gly of my community (after) ree dis 0% agdisagree ree strongly 0% 0% agree strongly disagree agree dont agree agree or disagre dont e agree or disagree “They just have their own reality and it doesnt have anything to do with your reality.” (Emily, 12)
    • 21. WE WANT TO HELP, BUT DON’T PUSH US “I think adults and parents are thinking that our generation should go out and pick up garbage and stuff and try to make other people happy but most of us think that it should be helping make us happy and other people happy.” (Megan, 13)
    • 22. CREATING A COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS US When I am over 18, I will When I am over 18, I will likely remain in community I likely remain in community I strongly live in now (before) agree live strongly (after) in now agree agree agree strongly dont disagree agree or strongly disagree disagree dont agree or disagree disagree disagree When you paint with someone and you the share the paper you will see two different stories collide … and it makes a spark. (Callie, 14)
    • 23. LIBRARIES CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR US I definitely do feel closer to the libraries that I go to…the more programs that you go to the more it feels kind of like home in a way. Not a real home but like a really comforting awesome place. (Eric, 18)
    • 24. DOES OUR ENGAGEMENT SHIFT? disagree stronglyI am willing to take action I am willing to disagree action in takein my community to make my community to make thingsthings better (before) better (after) disagree strongly strongly disagree dont agree agree or disagree dont agree or disagree strongly agree agree agree Leveling Up: “Now I feel like I’m a little bit freer…with different ways that I could affect other people.” (Kayla, 12)
    • 25. CAUTION: “If you only feel like you are valued and you aren’t actually valued then you’re not going to get any sort of civic stuff done.”10 (Rachel, 16)
    • 26. communicating relevance planning programs connecting with teens getting funding marketing services engaging community facilitating democracy11
    • 27. ART MOVES US studio space teen-created music for library12 publicity
    • 28. IT’S AN ADULT’S WORLD intergenerational programs13 adult response
    • 29. WE WANT TO CONNECT, WE WANT TO OPEN UP flash-in-the pan clubs hire teens, 20-14 somethings to teach
    • 30. CREATING A COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS US teens on the Board of Trustees Teen photo- journalism on social15 networking sites
    • 31. WE WANT TO HELP, BUT DON’T PUSH US announce protests, volunteer opportunities, donations teens to steer projects while not being overwhelmed by16 them
    • 32. DOES OUR ENGAGEMENT SHIFT? connect library programs with real engagement opportunities (such as a knitted graffiti project after a knitting class) ask teens to do the book- talking, perhaps using17 xtranormal or other web- based digital tools
    • 33. LIBRARIES CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR US participate in arts programs with teens to build the sense of a shared experience ensure that the library participates in local art or community festivals to build18 the sense of the library as an artistic community institution
    • 34. Research needed• More case studies• More one-on-one interviews• Quantitative evaluation of 7 themes• Study of other teen programs• Study using other metrics• Study of other creative programs and services 19
    • 35. Teen Ink images used with permission.1. Graffiti IS Art. By xcrunnerchicka16, Carthage, MO. http://www.teenink.com/art/photo_illustrations/19445/Graffitti-IS-art/2. Henna. By Amanda Manfredi, http://www.amandamanfredi.com/3. Potpourri. By polskavic51, Las Vegas, NV. http://www.teenink.com/art/all/16935/potpourri-4. NO. 3 study of time, By j.Dieppa, Northridge, CA. http://www.teenink.com/art/pen_ink_drawings/49870/NO-3-study-of-time/5. Teenagers. http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/MCA/91691.htm6. Johanna. By CrystalBlood, Clinton, CT. http://www.teenink.com/art/computer_graphics/58294/Johanna/7. Stop Yelling at Me. By Kimmy_Krak, Macomb, MI. http://www.teenink.com/art/oil_paintings/56661/Stop-Yelling-at-Me/8. Pinhole Camera. By AliceCrowley, Concord, MA. http://www.teenink.com/art/photographs/58479/Pinhole-Camera/9. Goodbye, Think. By sgrace, West Chester, PA. http://www.teenink.com/art/photo_illustrations/9961/Goodbye-Think/10. Wrong Way. By ladybug95, Milwaukee, WI. http://www.teenink.com/art/photographs/58498/Wrong- Way/11. The Addiction Tree. http://www.threefishandaram.com/2010/06/12. School Work. Alice1995, Sierra Vista, AZ. http://www.teenink.com/art/photo_illustrations/95765/School-Work/13. Untitled No. 1. by mbean876, Ferry, WV. http://www.teenink.com/art/charcoals/7398/untitled-no-1/14. Widened. TheWrittenMe, Prosser,WA. http://teenink.com/art/computer_graphics/89808/Widened/15. Really. saher, east windsor,CT. http://www.teenink.com/art/woodcuts/27039/Really/16. Santiago. josehadathy, Marietta, GA. http://www.teenink.com/art/oil_paintings/92875/Santiago/17. lifes only a dream. By AlyssaC, morrisville, PA. http://www.teenink.com/art/oil_paintings/86539/lifes- only-a-dream/18. Birds. By Tambriell, Salyersville,KY/ http://www.teenink.com/art/oil_paintings/88620/Birds/19. I to see. By KedaBeta, Orlando, FL. http://www.teenink.com/art/photographs/44903/I-too-see/ Other images taken by SC Barniskis