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July 4, 2016 3:00 , by Regina Vogel - 0no comments yet | No one following this article yet.
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The Public Science Project, the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Researchers: Madeline Fox and María Elena Torre

 

A study on the production of knowledge through art-making

Coming from a participatory action research (PAR) stance, we are interested in critically mapping the production of knowledge through art-making. Specifically, how are the arts – creative and/or embodied approaches – being engaged to democratize the production of knowledge?

 

Research Questions:

  • How does engaging art-making as an epistemology inform/shift/expand knowledge production, particularly within participatory knowledge production?
  • How do the arts expand participatory methodologies for generating questions, gathering data, conducting analyses, and provoking audiences?

 

Methods: – Critical case studies – Elder interviews – Embodied Focus Groups

 

Through lifting up instances/projects where art is integral to participatory knowledge production, and analyzing in what ways art contributes to the knowledge production process, this study will provide an alternative frame through which to build an understanding of “arts education”.

 

One of our projects, Polling for Justice, is a collaboration between New York City youth researchers, The CUNY Graduate Center, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, the Urban Youth Collaborative, Hunter College, and youth-centered organizations in NYC. The Polling for Justice research team conducted research that informs demands for policy reform, particularly at the intersections of education, health and criminal justice. This short video shows the projects artistic use of theater and embodiment to present findings and simultaneously raise critical questions about who holds expertise.

 


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