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

Darcy, S, Maxwell, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4698, Grabowski, S and Onyx, J 2019 , 'Artistic impact: From casual and serious leisure to professional career development in disability arts' , Leisure Sciences , doi:

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All forms of arts participation are likely to lead to positive outcomes,but the nature and reach of these outcomes will differ. While artsprograms have increasingly found favor in disability communities,these programs historically have been oriented toward therapeuticoutcomes. They have not been taken seriously in terms of artisticoutputs, the deeper benefits for participants, or potential wider societalimpact. At the same time, there is anecdotal evidence of increasinglysophisticated artistic engagement involving artists withdisability that are gaining wider public attention, popularity, andenabling a serious leisure experience for the artist with the opportunityfor professional artistic career development. This article demonstrateshow disability arts projects enable opportunities for casualleisure, serious leisure, and professional artistic engagement andexamines the resultant social impact for each. To do this we investigatethe characteristics and outcomes of three projects through anabductive research design involving a comparative qualitative casebasedapproach.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Darcy, S and Maxwell, H and Grabowski, S and Onyx, J
Keywords: active citizenship, arts, career development, disability, serious leisure, social impact
Journal or Publication Title: Leisure Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISSN: 0149-0400
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Copyright 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an original manuscript / preprint of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Leisure Sciences on 5 June 2019, available online:

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