Walking the Talk: Three Language Educators Engage in a Walking-Based Art Inquiry for Anti-Racist Education


  • Adriana Oniță University of Alberta
  • Lébassé Guéladé-Yaï
  • Lucie Wallace


arts-based research, anti-racism, language education, walking curriculum


As language and art educators committed to anti-oppression, we sought to explore how walking and art-making help us reflect, inquire, create, and act, upon new understandings of anti-racist education. Living in three different cities (Edmonton, Vancouver, and Palermo), we collaborated on a walking-based art inquiry for ten weeks in the summer of 2020, combining walking, art-making (photography, painting, mixed-media collage, screenprinting, and poetry), reflecting, and discussing. We were curious to investigate, both individually and collaboratively, what an anti-racist curriculum looks and feels like to us, and what walking and art-making might do in the process of learning and teaching. We situated our project in an arts-based research paradigm (Conrad & Beck, 2015), and we were inspired by Feinberg’s (2016) walking-based pedagogy and Judson’s (2018) walking curriculum. This article presents artistic experiments we created, as well as curricular insights that emerged from our process, for example, that walking and art may serve as dehabituating forces to help us openly feel, question, protest, and reimagine education, from intersecting perspectives of race and language.

Author Biography

Adriana Oniță, University of Alberta

I am a third year PhD candidate in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta.