Purposeful, Active, Hands On and Reflective

Participatory arts projects are doing projects. There is a process that will be undertaken, and often a definite outcome that the artist and participants are working towards. The artist will lead the work, but participants are actively involved, and will be making, performing, crafting and creating. The process will also offer opportunities for all stakeholders to reflect on what is happening in the project.

Key quality indicators include:

  • Activity is well planned and paced
  • There is a shared journey within the activity, which may lead to an outcome
  • Participants are actively involved in the arts practice being delivered
  • Opportunities are offered for all stakeholders involved to reflect on activity and its progress
  • Creation is celebrated and valued

Your space – note down the key quality indicators for your project / programme in relation to this principle or use the worksheet to make a personal map:

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