In This Autoethnographic Narrative Study, I Relay My Lived

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In this autoethnoGraphic narrative study, I relay my lived experience of being a Black female art educator in a high school and the obstacles in gathering diverse art education materials on race and gender. The absence of Black female artists artwork in the K-12 art education classroom fits within a broader array expounding on the White gaze and the differences of how we look and how we see people. Therefore, this study is informed by the literature and theories related to the White gaze of Black women, feminist art education, and intersectionality (Collins 2000, Lorde, 2014; Thornton & Zambrana, 2017; Jonet, 2012). In the field of Black feminist thought, intersectionality details the lived experience of Black women that is different from…show more content…
I live with the full awareness of the complexities of my identity as a Black female art educator working in the outsider-within position within my school district (Collins, 2000). bell hooks (2015) notes, “Public education for children has to be a place where feminists activists continue to do the work of creating an unbiased curriculum…Future feminists movement must necessarily think of feminist education as significant in the lives of everyone. By failing to create a mass-based educational movement to teach everyone about feminism we allow mainstream patriarchal mass media to remain…” (23). hooks’ (2015) claim that feminism is for everybody and how we should start with children first and feminist studies is not only available in higher education but also in the K-12 classroom. My proposed study questions our understanding of race, feminism, and art education and how this teaches students about the lived experience of Black women. If feminist art education is grounded in feminist scholarship, but only focuses on the White woman’s perspective, I question the extent of how feminism shapes our perceptions of whose experience is worthy of learning. As my questions relate to feminist art education, I question the relationship between White feminism and Black feminism theoretical lens. If feminist art education has different

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