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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

 

ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

“But I’m not a writer!” | Malke Rosenfeld

This fall I’ve had two fabulous opportunities to run workshops for artists; in our sessions we’ve been working on building an understanding about what it means to write about teaching practice and how to get started.  After three years of curating and editing ALT/space online (now with a new design and eminently more searchable) the collective […]

Places We Work

ALT/space has now been online for a year and a half!  It’s incredible to realize that in this short time thirty-one teaching artists have contributed 171 diverse stories about all aspects of their teaching practice.  As we grow over time, we hope the stories collected here will represent as wide and detailed a picture as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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…