That’s My Art: A Case Study on Children’s Views of Cultural Policy

Vanhaeght, A.-S. and Bauwens, J. (2016), That’s My Art: A Case Study on Children’s Views of Cultural Policy. Child Soc, 30: 478–487. doi:10.1111/chso.12156

Abstract

How do children experience a participatory TV cultural policy project and, related to that, which views do they share on cultural policy matters? These questions guided a case study on a TV show aired on the Flemish children’s public service channel, which staged children as cultural experts. Although the programme was presented as a participatory project, we found that the children’s views were minimally involved in the production process. The children also expressed concerns about how (their) art and cultural practices were represented. Yet, from a cultural policy perspective, the children accepted adults’ authority in art and cultural matters.