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Portrait of a Poet Educator: Personal and Professional Evolution through the Arts

Author: Shanita Bigelow (DePaul University)

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This narrative is a portrait of a poet and educator. It chronicles—in parts—the author’s journey in and through arts education toward a life of teaching and writing. It includes a poem, “Storied,” placed in parts throughout the narrative. Beneath the surface of life history, teaching experiences and experiences as a student, the author writes, as a foundation, the poem and vignettes to demonstrate the negotiations and practices inherent in shaping her work as an educator. These pieces converge to provide a brief and nuanced look at how education through the arts can lead to personal/professional evolution and a sense of empowerment.

Keywords: art education, poetry, narrative, autoethnography, self-reflection, praxis

How to Cite:

Bigelow, S., (2020) “Portrait of a Poet Educator: Personal and Professional Evolution through the Arts”, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education 37(1), p.175-182. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jcrae.4758

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30 Sep 2020
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