This issue of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (DCQR) offers up a collection of innovations in arts-based research—research that, as Patricia Leavy writes, adapts the “tenets of the creative arts in order to address social research questions in holistic and engaged ways.”1 Arts-based approaches to critical qualitative research aim to “illuminate something about the social world, sensitively portray people and their circumstances, develop new insights about the relationships between our sociohistorical environments and our lives, or disrupt dominant narratives and challenge biases.”2 

Critical arts-based research takes various approaches—“ordering, patterning, and shaping”3—in order to find ways of making our world more open, more appreciative of and attentive to difference, and...

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