Stages, Sights & Sounds: Evaluating Student Engagement with Live, Multimedia Arts Performance
In 2014, the Chicago Humanities Festival implemented a pilot program geared towards engaging students with live performance. Built from the Stages, Sights & Sounds Festival, two teaching artists—one focused on theater and one focused on visual art—worked with two different grade levels and schools to independently design an arts-integrated project. The goal of the Stages Engagement Pilot program was to expand and explore students’ understandings of their experiences as an audience member in a live, multimedia production. With a short timeline of only two months to collect data, the evaluator and program manager collaborated to define student engagement and compare changes in students’ attitudes towards live performance. The limitations of a small-scale evaluation and implications of this work are also discussed.
KeywordsLive performance Student engagement Arts integration
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