Laurel Sarah Butler, Ed.D., is a 2023 graduate of the Ed.D. program in Educational and Professional Practice at Antioch University.
Dr Laurel S. Butler
- Richard Kahn, Ph.D., Chairperson
- Dr. Heather Curl, Ed.D.
- Dr. Susie Lundy, Ph.D.
Qualitative Research, Narrative Inquiry, Arts-Based Research, Critical Phenomenology, Youth, Youth Arts, Youth Arts Programs, Social Justice, Healing Centered Engagement, Abolition, Creative Youth Development, Social Justice Youth Arts
This is a critical-phenomenological interview-based study in which young people who participated in Social Justice Youth Arts (SJYA) programs during their teenage years engaged in a series of semi-structured interviews focused on recollecting their lived experiences in those programs and the years since. These interviews investigate the ways in which the principles of Healing-Centered Engagement (Ginwright, 2018) were present within these young people’s experiences of those programs, as well as the extent to which those experiences may have encouraged or cultivated a lived praxis of the principles of the contemporary abolitionist movement (Kaba, 2021; Kaepernick, 2021). This study describes how these young people’s engagement with SJYA programming encouraged their process of identity formation as artists and activists, and how the durability and evolution of those self-identifications manifested in their broader social and behavioral context over time. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA (https://aura.antioch.edu) and OhioLINK ETD Center (https://etd.ohiolink.edu).
Butler, L. S. (2023). Cultivating Abolitionist Praxis through Healing-Centered Engagement in Social Justice Youth Arts Programs. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/994