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Inspired by Inocente | Marquetta Johnson

As a teaching artist working at a museum I am often presented with opportunities to develop workshops in support of an exhibit or a work of art. However, recently I was asked to develop a workshop inspired by the documentary film, Inocente which chronicles the struggles and triumphs of Latina artist Inocente as she strives to live life as an artist and overcome homelessness in Los Angeles.  As I watched the trailer, I was captivated by a statement that she made regarding keeping a positive attitude each day. She said that she needed to do art every day to keep her sanity and stay positive so she used what was always available and that was her face. She used makeup and face paint to create beautiful Arabesque designs on her face that shouted out to the world: “See the person I am on the outside and know that I am beautiful on the inside, too.” After viewing the trailer, I developed an art experience in which participants were photographed in black and white, given this photo copy and … Read Full Article


ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

Read, Write, Respond

It’s been nine months since ALT/space moved online, way back in August 2011.  Since then we’ve been writing regularly, weaving together our stories with reflections, observations and questions about our individual Teaching Artist practices.  We’ve also been using photos and videos to illustrate and elucidate that which words cannot. We have shared past and present […]

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…

The Well-Told Story: Celebrating Two Years of ALT/space!

Not everyone who contributes to ALT/space is a writer by trade, nor do they need to be.  Writing about our work and the things we are thinking, focusing on, wondering about and struggling with while we teach is a valuable process, whether or not we think of ourselves as writers.  The kind of writing that […]

An Opinion & Some Questions | Nick Jaffe

Art making and art learning should be in all schools because all students should have the right to learn to make their art, and make it better, and because one can learn and teach many things in depth through art making. This is the same reason that dynamic, interesting and in-depth work in math, science, history, literature, and athletic and shop and auto mechanics classes should be in schools…

Even Better Together

Every three months I have the privilege of pulling posts from ALT/space online to create our associated print section in the Teaching Artist Journal.  I’m almost done with putting together our section for Volume 11(1), due in mailboxes by the end of January 2013. This will be the fifth section I have constructed and I […]