BUILDING SOCIAL CAPITAL THROUGH INTERGENERATIONAL ART PARTICIPATION: AN ANALYSIS ON TRENDS IN GENERATIONAL SOCIAL CAPITAL

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BUILDING SOCIAL CAPITAL THROUGH INTERGENERATIONAL ART PARTICIPATION: AN ANALYSIS ON TRENDS IN GENERATIONAL SOCIAL CAPITAL

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Title: BUILDING SOCIAL CAPITAL THROUGH INTERGENERATIONAL ART PARTICIPATION: AN ANALYSIS ON TRENDS IN GENERATIONAL SOCIAL CAPITAL
Author: Grobstich, Anne Rachael
Abstract: Numerous studies claim that social capital is declining in the United States. This thesis explores how the use of intergenerational arts activities can create social capital. Through a review of social capital literature and a qualitative study of Elders Share the Arts' intergenerational arts program, Generating Community, findings suggest a significant correlation between bridging generational relationships through art while increasing social capital measures. Based on interviewing staff, interpreting evaluation data, reviewing multi-media materials, and participating in an intergenerational session, I argue that organizational evaluation measures are essential for making community building claims and will contribute to research, cultivate relationships with participants, and provide hard data for future funding.
Description: Degree awarded: M.A. Performing Arts. American University
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1961/11040
Date: 2012-08-22


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