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“Are you going to pay me?” | Roger Whiting

The Crisis Residential group home was not the easiest place to do a collaborative project. The Salt Lake County facility is a temporary residence for runaway teenagers. As such there were different teens almost every time I visited. This day I was finally installing the “Tree of Dreams” mosaic that I had been working on for weeks as collaboration with them and the Christmas Box House. There I was with my feet firmly planted on the extension ladder, some eight feet high. An adhesive trowel was in one hand, and the other hand firmly gripped the ladder. I slowly made my way up the ladder and applied the adhesive to the wall. I then descended the ladder to return the trowel to a ledge, picked up a 12-inch stained glass mosaic and returned upwards. I carefully used both hands to align and adhere the mosaic to the wall. Not wanting to descend all the way to the floor, I looked down and began to scan the room for a helper. One teenager was just resting on a love seat, so he looked like a … Read Full Article

 

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Harvard Recap | Malke Rosenfeld

In early August I attended a three day institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) called The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning and led by Steve Seidel and members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.  I signed up after receiving a very generous invitation-only grant award that encouraged me to attend one of HGSE’s […]

ALT/space 2012 Highlights: Part One

As 2012 comes to a close I want to express my gratitude and thanks to all the ALT/space contributors who have written about their work in the last year.  They have shared moments of celebration, art making and, sometimes, struggle and we have all benefited from their tales, both individually and as a profession. Although […]

Deep, Rich, Wide & Timeless [2013 ALT/space Retrospective]

ALT/space is about the work of artists who teach in schools, communities and prisons. ALT/space contributors advance the teaching artist field by writing specific, concrete, and powerfully personal stories about what they do and how they do it. 2013 on ALT/space gave us a deep, rich, wide, and timeless swath of stories about teaching artist […]

Whose Reality?

Linda Bruning and I were in the middle of an interchange about the first draft of her recent post, The Road and its Reality.  I thought it was a great piece from start to finish, but something was bugging me, and I could not put my finger on it. “I think you make your point […]

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On Having A Split Personality -or- Being A Teaching Artist | Chio Flores

Going back and forth between these two roles of artist and art teacher, oftentimes in the same day seems like having a split personality; I am not thinking of the obsolete medical term but rather of my dual practice which involves inhabiting two worlds that fight constantly within me…

Happy Half-Birthday, ALT/space!

ALT/space online is six months old!  During this time we have been diligently producing monthly posts and, here at the half-year mark, I am noticing an interesting shift.  All along I knew we were working hard, but still I am surprised how quickly we have moved into new, interesting, thought provoking and generative terrain.  What’s exciting […]