Special section: Empowering children and youth through Art

Welcome to this section dedicated to the use of Arts as a way to engage and empower children and youth affected by adversity. You can find resources and news on the issue and updates from a pilot project of Tdh with IICRD to build resilience for the ones affected by migration and conflicts in Iraq and Eygpt, through artistic projects.


11 Sep 2018
In Vrsac, Serbia the training course for youth workers " Social Inclusion Through Applied Drama" has just ended, where 26 youth workers from 6 countries learned from experts from Spain, England, Hungary and Serbia how to use applied drama... Read more
01 Sep 2018
The YouCreate September Bulletin highlights the project activities over the months of July and August. The Bulleting summarizes activities on the global and the country (Egypt and Iraq) levels. The documents referred to in the... Read more
18 Jun 2018
In Bacau, in the communes Negri, Racova, Scorteni, Sărata, Bogdăneşti and Pîrjol, the children built their models for their future playgrounds. The workshops were facilitated by 3 architects from Bucharest, with expertise in the development of rural... Read more


07 May 2018
This article presents a brief description of the Monitoring and Evaluation Structure used for evaluating social, cultural and practical impacts of projects. The structure is developed by a community-based public art organization called... Read more
01 Jul 2017
ChildArt’s “Your Brain on Art” focuses on the intersection of the arts and brain research, describing projects involving children in schools as well as cross-cultural and community outreach. Divided in three sections, it ... Read more
14 Jun 2017
This review examines how arts-based practices contribute to the mental health and resilience of children and young people aged between 11 and 18 years. Drawing on findings from 8 papers, the study identified a number of positive effects... Read more

Other resources

13 Jan 2020
Annually, children and young people in the services of 'The Children's Society' are given money to cover the expenses of a project important to them. The funding allows them to learn new skills and be involved in activities to help them... Read more
09 Nov 2018
The Bulgarian Society for Group Analysis and Group Processes (BSGAGP) shared the short film "The Found Children" on their YouTube channel. The film is part of the GLOBUL long-term social program "Let's Hear the Children's... Read more
07 Aug 2018
We are sharing this BITelevision interview with the psychologist from the Assistance Center for Tortured Survivors, Kalina Yordanova, on the issue of the refugee crisis and children who are the most vulnerable victims of it. In the video Kalina... Read more


Empowering children and youth through Art

'Stepping Back' as Researchers: Addressing Ethics in Arts-Based Approaches to Working with War-Affected Children in School and Community Settings
Date of publication: 2014
Publisher: Educational Research for Social Change (ERSC)
There is a need for an ethically responsible means of conducting arts-based research with children affected by global adversity, including children affected by war. The multiple effects of war on children remains a global issue.
Music as a Strategy of Youth Resilience in Dadaab Refugee Camp Kenya
Date of publication: 2014
Publisher: Research on Humanities and Social Sciences
"The Dadaab Refugee Camp is located in Garissa County in North Eastern Kenya.
The Transformation of Participation? Exploring the Potential of “Transformative Participation” for Theory and Practice around Children and Young People’s Participation.
Date of publication: 2013
Publisher: Global Studies of Childhood
"A wave of interest, policy and activities in children and young people's participation has passed through many countries over recent years.
Identifying the evidence-base for art-based practices and their potential benefit for mental health recovery: A critical review
Date of publication: 2012
Publisher: Informa UK, Ltd.
This article critically reviews existing literature on the benefits of art-based interventions for the purpose of mental health recovery.
Children's charity NSPCC opens expanded service centre in Nottingham
Date of publication: 2012
‘BBC News’ reports that an art therapy room will be part of an expanded centre for vulnerable children and their families that has opened in Nottingham.
Arts-based research and knowledge translation: Some key concerns for health-care professionals
Date of publication: 2012
Publisher: Informa UK, Ltd.
This paper sheds light on arts-based knowledge translation (KT) methods as a tool to reveal lived experiences of illness and give voice to participants seldom heard. Such an approach is believed to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and enhan
Building resilience in young people through meaningful participation
Date of publication: 2006
Publisher: Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health
"Building resilience in young people is an important goal if we are to strengthen capacity and promote skills that help to reduce mental health problems.
The role of art in psychosocial care and protection for displaced children
Date of publication: 1999
Publisher: Forced Migration Review
In this article, the authors analyse elements of UNICEF’s programmes using art, drama, dance and music in the psychological care and protection of displaced children.
Running head: creative arts with refugee adolescents
Publisher: School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
"Creative arts therapy programs have been identified as effective interventions with adolescents affected by adversity.


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