Tracing the enduring effects of community arts programs

The challenge

Tracing the Enduring Effects of Community Arts Program (TEECAPS) is a project led by the University of California, Irvine, in collaboration with Deakin University, the University of Kentucky and The New School. The main aim of the project is to explore the long-term effects of participating in out-of-school (OST) arts education programs serving young people from marginalised communities.

Project overview

The project will examine the life experiences of people who have participated in OST arts programs at least 10 years ago to determine how they perceive their participation affected their lives over the long-term. In interviews, participants will share their personal accounts of their experiences and their reflections on how they feel their involvement influenced their lives.

The analysis of these interviews will work as a potential shaping force of OST programs on identity formation as we look at how participation in non-formal arts education impacts life trajectories. The project will also shed light on the capacity of creative communities to positively impact the life experiences of marginalised young people.


Program leaders, policy makers, researchers and funders will be able to use the findings from this project in the support, design, implementation, improvement, and extension of OST arts programs.

Project team

Professor Julian Sefton-Green (Deakin University)

Dr Pariece Nelligan (Monash University)

Professor Kylie Peppler (University of California, Irvine)

Professor Daniela Kruel DiGiacomo (University of Kentucky)

Dr Sam Mejias (The New School)


June 2021 – May 2024


Wallace Foundation


community arts, arts education, arts programs, identity, young people, marginalised