Reflecting on a Paradigm of Solidarity? Moving From Niceness to Dismantle Whiteness in Art Education

  • Marit Dewhurst


This essay uses personal reflections interwoven with critical analyses of whiteness to explore how whiteness is upheld and perpetuated in art education. Through a discussion of the pervasiveness of white-centered cultural values that maintain the power of white ways of being, the author argues that the field must seek different values and practices. Drawing on the work of several anti-racism educators, this essay highlights several values and practices that, if embraced, might move the field of art education towards a paradigm of solidarity.