YAY!!!! I’m overjoyed to announce the release of the Handbook of Arts-Based Research. After many years of writing and speaking about ABR, a few years ago, as I wrote the second edition of Method Meets Art, I had time to reflect on how much the field has grown. It seemed like the time for a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, retrospective and prospective review of the field. We’ve been working on the handbook ever since.
I say we, because this gorgeous collection is the result of a team effort. The contributors absolutely CRUSHED IT! I’m in awe of their talent, wisdom, and generosity. This international group of superstar artist-researchers is pushing the field forward. I’m grateful. My hat is also off to the world-class publishing team at Guilford Press. From copyediting to layout, cover design and marketing, they have honored my vision. I also applaud Guilford Press for continuing to prioritize students and knowledge advancement over profits. The handbook is a whopping 738 pages and priced at less than half the cost of competing handbooks (it costs less than the average 300-page textbook). They set this price without sacrificing quality and production. The handbook is stunning. Finally, I’m indebted to the artist Charles K. Williams (AKA: Charlie Green) for allowing me to use his work for the cover. Choosing the cover art for a handbook about art is daunting. I wanted to support a living artist. As a kid, I fell in love with art in the streets of New York City. To me, there was little difference between what hung on SoHo gallery walls and the graffiti and other street art. I wanted the handbook cover to be a nod to street art, which is necessarily public. Serendipitously, I met Charlie selling his art in the streets of SoHo and fell in love with his sensibility. I picked this particular piece because it reminds me of the street itself. Wrapping the handbook in this art is a statement. Check-out Charlie’s website and Instagram to learn more about his work:
This handbook was such a long-time in the making that I’m overjoyed early reviewers are embracing it. Here are excerpts of a few of the generous endorsements we’ve received.
“Renowned author and editor Leavy has assembled prominent artist-researchers—from educators and therapists to beyond—for this outstanding, innovative handbook. The volume surveys the philosophy and practice of progressive inquiry using literary, performative, and exhibited modalities. Contributors present rich guidance and compelling arguments for the role of ABR alongside more traditional research methods in the exploration of complex social worlds. Like exceptional art, this handbook has magnitude, quality, and significance for researchers and students across multiple disciplines, including the social sciences, education, health care, business, humanities, media, and fine arts.” —Johnny Saldaña, MFA, School of Film, Dance, and Theatre (Emeritus), Arizona State University
“With this handbook, Leavy not only helps to define the field of ABR, but also encourages readers to imagine new ways of conducting and appreciating research. Beautifully rendered chapters describe the emergent, diverse world of artistic inquiry, and balance the conceptual with the practical. The volume guides researchers and students to bring both creativity and vigor to producing works of scholarly art.” —Ronald J. Chenail, PhD, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University
“Leavy, a champion of ABR, has gathered leading scholars from around the world in this welcome contribution to our rapidly growing field… Traversing scholarly disciplines and art forms, this volume ushers ABR into its own as a new paradigm for research. It is a gift for anyone with a passion for bringing artistry to research.” —Diane Conrad, PhD, Department of Secondary Education (Drama/Theatre Education), University of Alberta, Canada
“…Superb… This is a work that will be read, reread, and referenced often, and that will help academics of all types understand and explain clearly to others how art can work to combine both ‘formula’ (that is, research analysis) and ‘soul.’” —David A. Almeida, EdD, Department of Special Education, Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts
If you’re interested in the handbook, pick up a copy or learn more:
Handbook of Arts-Based Research on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Arts-Based-Research-Patricia-Leavy/dp/1462521959/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=PP1KFY29V72ZJVCZYZSM
Handbook of Arts-Based Research at The Guilford Press (15% & free shipping in North America): https://www.guilford.com/books/Handbook-of-Arts-Based-Research/Patricia-Leavy/9781462521951
I hope that artists, methodologists, and researchers across the disciplines will pick up a copy for personal use. I think this is the kind of reference you will pull from your bookshelf time and again. I know I will. I also hope professors will ask their libraries to order a copy and will consider if for their own courses. I’m enormously grateful to everyone who labored on this one-of-a-kind collection. I’m proud to be a part of it.
Here’s a piece I wrote called, “A Love Letter to the Arts” which expresses my love of art, fears and hopes, and gratitude to be a part of a “gang of beauty bandits”: https://onmogul.com/stories/a-love-letter-to-the-arts
I’m also honored to be Routledge UK’s Spotlight Author for Autumn (Guilford’s European distributor). Please check-out the exclusive interview I did with them about the Handbook of Arts-Based Research. For best viewing, click on the US flag in the top right corner and change to the UK flag.
As for what’s next, I’ve done several interviews about the handbook. I’ll share these on social media as they’re released. Now it’s time to crawl back into my creative writing hole. We need to do ABR if we are to understand its value. I’m currently working on a novel that’s quite special to me. It’s a new genre for me (sort of an adventure), so it’s a challenge too. I love a new challenge. I look forward to sharing more details down the line. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of your support.
Love and light,