Navigating “Crooked Rooms”: Intersections of Race and Arts Participation

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With the goal of uncovering how Black Americans come to understand and situate themselves as participators in the Western art world, this chapter uncovers the experiences of three artists whose lives have been influenced by a multitude of factors impacting their decisions in navigating an arts participation identity. Anchored by a commitment to solidify a position within a hegemonic art world, these artists skillfully facilitate their participatory movements alongside the pervasiveness of a legacy of exclusion and misrepresentation. I outline the utility of three artmaking strategies used by these artists as a means of calibrating their aspirational decisions. What is revealed in their narratives is an awareness of a racialized self, set against the problematics of participation within the world of visual art.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319652566
ISBN (Print)9783319652559
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • African American
  • Arts participation
  • Black American
  • Identity
  • Race
  • Visual culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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