HEADLINE BREAKOUT: Impact Studies in TYA
May 9, 2019 / 9:30-10:45am
Join us for the presentation of exciting and compelling research findings from two studies, one conducted by The New Victory Theater and the other by The Woodruff Arts Center, on the impact of live performance on young people. Plus, get a sneak peek at the data from TYA/USA’s recent survey and research study on the national field of Theatre for Young Audiences, conducted by Matt Omasta and his team at Utah State University.
Based on Intrinsic Impact research pioneered at WolfBrown (2012), The New Victory Theater, their teaching artists, and the WolfBrown researchers collaborated to develop a comprehensive approach that tracks young people’s immediate experience of the performances and the potential impact of theatrical experiences on their socio-emotional growth. The study also created theatrically-inspired approaches to collecting data, in addition to using basic research tools (1,500 measurement booklets and 5,000 post-show surveys).
The Woodruff Arts Center partnered with a large district in the Atlanta area to deliver its Multi-Visit Program, which provides elementary school students the opportunity to visit the Arts Center three times throughout the school year, once to each of its Arts Partners: the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art. The Program is tied to a longitudinal research study regarding the academic and social-emotional benefits of student engagement with artistic field trip experiences. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, this study is led by Dr. Jay P. Greene, Department Head, Endowed Chair, College of Education and Health Professions, Education Reform, University of Arkansas.