The Coalition for Racial Equity in the Arts and Education (crea+e) is a collective body whose primary aims and activities concern advocacy, teaching, research, and publishing on issues related to race and intersectional racism in the arts and arts education. The collective engages in critical race arts-based research practices that incorporate strategies and tactics of disruption that operate on multiple registers to undermine the normalization of whiteness and spur much needed conversations on how to abolish systemic racism in the arts and arts education. This article discusses crea+e’s collective orientation, its mission, and how it operates. It also chronicles three interventions the group undertook that illuminate critical, creative, and constructive modes of coalition-building. The article articulates the significance of collectives in resisting co-optation by white normative institutions while insisting on joy in the pursuit of justice.
Keywords: race, racism, anti-racism, equity, justice, collectives, mentoring, art education
How to Cite:
(crea+e), C., (2021) “Creative Trouble: Making Spaces for Collectivity within Art Education”, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education 38(1), 13-28. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jcrae.4793