When did 'youth performing arts' become 'youth arts' in Australia?
Although the basic infrastructure of youth arts in Australia developed as mainly youth performing arts companies and events, and these companies still make up a high proportion of YPAA (Young People and the Arts) members, the barriers between art forms began falling in the 1990s. For over 10 years Australian youth performing arts had wedded developmental philosophies to Australian youth culture, and as that culture began to explore new directions in multi-media, video, film and visual arts, it was inevitable that youth arts events such as Victoria's Next Wave Festival would respond.
In two articles in June and October 1992, Lowdown writer Jane Woollard and Next Wave Artistic Director Zane Trow explored the changing parameters of youth arts practice.
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