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Arts-Based Research (ABR)
is an umbrella term for many
different approaches that combine
scholarly inquiry and the arts.
These methods tap into artistic
process as a primary mode of
inquiry creating various forms of art
as a way to collect data, conduct
analysis, and/or represent social
Knowledge can be generated
by artistic knowing and
arts therapy arts-based
How can creativity
express what cannot
be conveyed in
How can the unique
methods of artistic
inquiry shape a new
vision of research?
researcher + subject
j visual image making
Researcher spends consistent
time with subjects doing
Work with subjects informs
of subjects' experience
Researcher gains embodied
insight into the subjects'
Researcher draws on artifacts
from process and subjects
to create an arts-informed
What is the purpose of the study,
and what role(s) will art play in
accomplishing this purpose?
Is the ultimate aim to generate
good/great art or to provide
insight into significant
Should research be judged as
much on its aesthetic as its
My experience throughout my journey in the doctoral pro-
gram has mostly been about finding a balance between
all things in my life that are competing for my time and
energy. The pieces don’t necessarily fit, but that doesn’t
mean that a balance cannot be found.
The continuous raging blizzards of this
winter are indeed an apt metaphor for my
journey. The experiences that have shaped
me in profound ways this year as so beau-
tiful to look at from afar and I am so glad
they happened, yet in the midst of them..
This is my cello.
Being a doctoral student and
learning to play the cello have
both been dreams of mine.
Both goals require patience, dis-
cipline, and a willingness to make
Both require financial investment.
I believe they will both pay off
(but not necessarily financially).
Neither would happen without
mentoring from competent and
Both are often fun, but some-
times both feel like a lot of work.
Both have led me to communities
of remarkable people.
Unlike my studies, my cello is
This journey is a million
adjectives at once, in batches
and singularly. This image
represents all those for me.
It has beauty, character,
uncertainty, hope and
adventure. Where will lead?
Do I follow the woman in the
picture? Do I go through the
hall? What will my vulnerability
net me….what is the risk?
This is a picture taken in old
town Lublin, Poland. It leads
to what is now a vibrant and
colourful old town filled with
tourists. In the 1940’s it led to
a Nazi prison and ultimately
train to a death camp nearby.
As early as the 1500’s it was
a path to the some of the
most learned men living in the
era. Change…..the only true