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The Thin Line / Amelia Hutchison

Our last lesson was supposed to be great. I had been practicing making paper cranes all morning with the intention of teaching my students at the Baltimore City Detention Center. I had cut bright paper into squares for each man to write a letter to himself at age thirteen on one side and a letter to himself ten years from now on the other. In my mind we’d make cranes from the letters, create a large mobile and hang it in the common room of the psych ward. Slowly the room is feeling less like jail and more like an art studio. One wall is already full of pieces from our “musical chairs” painting class, and our styrofoam prints are starting to creep on to a second wall. In the future we are hoping to create a mural and put up boards to display art. In my mind there is a huge suspended installation of paper cranes. Letters of forgiveness, hope and recovery. I want that room to feel more and more welcoming as each student adds their own art. This fantasy was shattered quickly by the … Read Full Article


ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

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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…

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…

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]