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Cultural engagement in Het Hogeland

Roos Gielen, Joren Arkes, Stefan Ivanov and Ydwer Hoekstra, four students within the career minor of the Faculty of Arts, participated in a project sith the Municipality of Het Hogeland, Groningen. The aim of this project was to tackle barriers to cultural engagement and provide a better understanding of what young adults (specifically those aged 18-22 years old) need in order for them to feel comfortable when engaging in culture.

From left to right: Roos Gielen, Joren Arkes, Stefan Ivanov, Ydwer Hoekstra.
From left to right: Roos Gielen, Joren Arkes, Stefan Ivanov, Ydwer Hoekstra.

We have a broad understanding of culture and we also favor non-traditional forms of art (i.e. sharing an image or video on Instagram or filming a TikTok). Although normally these activities are not considered as ‘culture’ in a traditional sense, they are still part of the nuanced and colorful way, in which young people engage in activities that contribute or enhance the aesthetic, artistic, intellectual, or historic aspirations they have.

They group conducted research through a literature study, a survey amongst young inhabitants of Het Hogeland, a content analysis of the policy documents of cultural organisations and a focus group meeting. The results of this research can be found via a Dutch version and an English analysis.

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