Sarah Travis, Ph.D., 2018

Portraits of Young Artists: Artworlds, In/Equity, and Dis/Identification in Post-Katrina New Orleans

2018 — Using portraiture methodology and social practice theory, this study examined the identity work of young people engaged in a teen arts internship program at a contemporary arts center in post-Katrina New Orleans. This research asked four interrelated questions.

Through the lens of a teen arts internship at a contemporary arts center in post-Katrina New Orleans,

1) How do contextually-figured worlds influence artist identity work?
2) How does artist identity work manifest through personal narratives?
3) How does artist identity work manifest in activities?
4) What are the consequences of artist identity work?

The findings of the study highlight how sociocultural factors influence dis/identification with the visual arts in young people and provoke considerations of in/equity in the arts.