A WHITE PALETTE GATHERING

DISCUSSING WHITENESS IN ONE ACT

Authors

  • Karen McGarry University of Cincinnati

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29555

Keywords:

storytelling, Critical Race Theory, whiteness, arts-based research, fiction as research

Abstract

Storytelling, a tenet of Critical Race Theory, offers a distinct approach for researchers engaging in narrative inquiry. This article models a fiction as research approach for creating a literature synthesis as a pedagogical strategy for teacher educators and pre-service teachers. The white palette refers to a painting palette, a blank slate or canvas, often considered neutral ground. Whiteness, however, is not neutral and this one-act conversation centers on examining whiteness as it impacts my role as a white teacher educator. The production, players, and script developed out of salient literature inclusive of Critical Race Theory, Art Education, and Critical Whiteness Studies. I am both author and a participant in this story. In this capacity, I disclose the impacts of the literature on my white teacher educator identity and reveal how I created arts-based data artifacts to evidence the overall story.

Author Biography

Karen McGarry, University of Cincinnati

Karen McGarry is a visual artist, art educator/teacher educator with teaching experience in K-12 and higher education. Current research focuses on multitextual reflective practices with pre-service teachers. Previous publications: Art/Research International, Art Education, Democracy & Education, and Learning Landscapes. Research interests include arts-based research, teacher education, reflection/reflexivity, social justice art education, Critical Race Theory, critical pedagogy & whiteness studies, embodied awareness. Website: https://www.kmcgarted.com 

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Published

2021-04-22

How to Cite

McGarry, K. (2021). A WHITE PALETTE GATHERING: DISCUSSING WHITENESS IN ONE ACT. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 6(1), 103–131. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29555