The Wallace Foundation went out and asked more than 200 low-income kids in seven cities what they want out of an afterschool arts program and what would keep them coming back. The study focuses on a key time in a student’s development when they’re more easily reachable, before they go to high school and may often become harder to engage. The results of the study can be found in their report, Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts.
Tweens want hands-on learning taught by professional artists and they want public spaces to perform or show their work. What’s more, many of the preferences expressed by students aligned with what experts say makes a good arts program. Check out the infographic the Wallace Foundation put together below.