Evaluating The Scared Cool project : understanding peacemaking through creativity and personal development in Timor-Leste

Dunphy, Kim 2011, Evaluating The Scared Cool project : understanding peacemaking through creativity and personal development in Timor-Leste, UNESCO Observatory E-Journal Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, vol. 27, no. 298, pp. 1-20.

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Title Evaluating The Scared Cool project : understanding peacemaking through creativity and personal development in Timor-Leste
Author(s) Dunphy, Kim
Journal name UNESCO Observatory E-Journal Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts
Volume number 27
Issue number 298
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher UNESCO Observatory for Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 1835-2766
Keyword(s) participatory arts
devised theatre
Timor-Leste
evaluation
social change
Summary This article presents an evaluation of Scared Cool, a physical theatre project for young people in Dili, Timor-Leste. The project was hosted by non-government organisation Ba Futuru as part of their ongoing efforts to promote peace and conflict resolution in that new nation. Qualitative interviews and focus groups were undertaken with a range of stakeholders: participants; staff; the host organisation; audience members and the wider community, to determine their perceptions about project outcomes. The article also describes the ‘theories of change’ that leaders used to guide their work, and issues arising from the data.
The Scared Cool initiative appears to provide significant cultural and social benefits for the young participants. These include development of capacity for artistic expression, creative and analytic thinking, confidence and English language skills. There were also benefits to other stakeholders including audience members. These included the enjoyment of attending a live performance, and the potential for trauma resolution and positive relationship building. This study confirms the potential for participatory arts projects to assist with the positive development of young people in highly disadvantaged communities. In so doing, such projects can contribute to positive social change by assisting the resolution of trauma and violence.
Language eng
Field of Research 200202 Asian Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, UNESCO Observatory for Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045068

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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