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I am LUCKY because I get to do creative things

Wright, P.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-6433-3889 and Palmer, D. (2009) I am LUCKY because I get to do creative things. In: The 6th International Drama in Education Research Institute, 14-19 July 2009, Sydney, Australia

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This paper will describe a 3 year research project with marginalised and disenfranchised young people based in rural and regional Tasmania. In this project arts skills and processes where used to develop various forms of performance texts. These texts became the basis of a series of radio plays and performance projects with the objective of developing intergenerational relationships, promoting social inclusion and building identity. The research revealed how performative means can:
• unleash creativity
• expand horizons
• build social bonds
• create a sense of common experience
• re-engage people experiencing dislocation and isolation with communities around them
• provide pathways back to education and into employment
• provide vitality to communities and quality of life.
It is these artistic processes that allow young people to CELEBRATE (the present), HONOUR (the past), and ENVISION (the future).

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