Histories of Race and Racism in the Arts in Education: Colonialisms, Subjectivities, and Cultural Resistances

  • Sarah Travis
  • Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández


In this introduction to Section I, the authors summarize the chapters along three themes that point to the relationship between colonization and racialization through the arts. First, the authors draw connections between arts education and colonization as explored in the chapters. Second, the authors discuss how the chapters show how the very idea of “the artist” is rooted in racist and colonial logics that imagine a certain kind of subject as “talented” and able to produce “works of art.” Third, the authors discuss how the chapters document examples of cultural resistance to colonization and racialization. The chapters in Section I contribute not only to our understanding of the arts as white property but also to the complex relationship between racism and colonization.


Colonialism Subjectivity Resistance Race Racism History Counterstorytelling Narrative Talent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Travis
    • 1
  • Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Art & DesignUniversity of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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