The Pleasure of Your Company: Artstories UK, A Joyful Community-Based Art Experience

  • Pamela Harris Lawton
Keywords: social justice art, community-based art education, youth development, education for hope and healing, Black joy


This visual/video essay tells the story of the author’s art-based research with immigrant youth of color in Edinburgh, Scotland. Despite experiencing racially motivated aggressions causing injury, harm, and trauma to them as individuals, and the institutions and communities they inhabit, youth created artworks expressing hope and healing as a peaceful and joyful form of resistance and resilience.