Featured Stories

Letter to Ardina: On the Rocks / Mark Dzula

Dear Ardina, How have you influenced me as a teaching artist? We do so much together; it is difficult to separate the strands of our lives. Maybe it isn’t so hard, though. We do have a little Bert and Ernie between us: you, more Bert and me, more Ernie. Still, this approach feels too reductive. There’s plenty of Bert-ness in my would-be Ernie. Recently, I helped you mix cement in a classroom after the children left; I was upset. The dust covered my precious shoes and concrete splashed onto my favorite dress shirt. My rank breath crept back into my nostrils thanks to our facemasks. Looking around the room, I saw the remnants of the art tornado you had wreaked. I just wanted to go home. Myriad times I have become a part of an adventure of yours and felt similar feelings. Inevitably, these initial emotional contortions ebb into a well of respect and admiration. Case in point, now that I am safe at home thinking of our concrete party in Staten Island, I am amazed by your unflinching … Read Full Article


ALT/space News & Commentary

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…

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 […]

Who is Art Really For? | Debora Broderick

In encouraging my students to embrace an arts integrated pedagogy in their future classrooms, I’ve been forced to recognize and acknowledge their anxiety about making art and facilitating arts-based lessons. This has left me pondering a question that kept surfacing throughout the year: Do you have to be an “artist” to make art?

The Other Half

One thing that impresses me about the writing on ALT/space is the sheer scope of the stories collected here.  Even in what are still the early months of occupying our online habitat, a widely drawn picture is emerging from multiple personal narratives about teaching artist work and realities. On the one hand, there is Spoon […]

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 […]

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 […]