Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. George Gadanidis


The release of The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8, The Arts by the Ministry of Education in 2009 raises questions about how schools and principals can endeavour to deliver that curriculum to students in this era of significant funding cuts. In this context, the thesis explores a case study of a Regional Youth Festival of the Arts (RYFA), with a focus on two research questions: 1) In what ways are the arts education experiences of the RYFA similar to, and different from, school-based arts education? and 2) In what ways might the RYFA experience serve as a model for school-based arts education? The findings of the case study reveal a number of themes that participants report make the RYFA a meaningful arts experience. Participants reported the RYFA as special for the arts are not often celebrated. Participants were also aware of a sense of community, arts showcasing, and inclusivity during the RYFA.



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