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Artistic impact: from casual and serious leisure to professional career development in disability arts


Darcy, S and Maxwell, H and Grabowski, S and Onyx, J, Artistic impact: from casual and serious leisure to professional career development in disability arts, Leisure Sciences, 44, (4) pp. 514-533. ISSN 0149-0400 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01490400.2019.1613461


All forms of arts participation are likely to lead to positive outcomes, but the nature and reach of these outcomes will differ. While arts programs have increasingly found favor in disability communities, these programs historically have been oriented toward therapeutic outcomes. They have not been taken seriously in terms of artistic outputs, the deeper benefits for participants, or potential wider societal impact. At the same time, there is anecdotal evidence of increasingly sophisticated artistic engagement involving artists with disability that are gaining wider public attention, popularity, and enabling a serious leisure experience for the artist with the opportunity for professional artistic career development. This article demonstrates how disability arts projects enable opportunities for casual leisure, serious leisure, and professional artistic engagement and examines the resultant social impact for each. To do this we investigate the characteristics and outcomes of three projects through an abductive research design involving a comparative qualitative casebased approach.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:active citizenship, arts, career development, disability, serious leisure, social impact
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Arts and cultural policy
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Other commercial services and tourism
Objective Field:Recreational services
UTAS Author:Maxwell, H (Dr Hazel Maxwell)
ID Code:133084
Year Published:2022 (online first 2019)
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2019-06-07
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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