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Artist in a Business Class | Roger Whiting

Last Fall I enrolled in a lifelong learning class titled “Aligning Your Idea to a Market” held by the Small Business Development Center of the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus. Most of the other attendees of the class were inventors and product developers. However, I kept an open mind and found that a few key principles related to collaborating with my target audience were relevant and invaluable to the success of my business. Determine the target audience for my product. Who are the distributors, the retailers, and the end-users? The audience for my product as a teaching artist is not just the youth I teach. I also need to sell myself to the “distributors” of my product: the foundations, arts councils and other organizations that help to fund my work and the “retailers”, the schools, community centers, after school programs, or other entities where my students are found. Their perception of what I am going to accomplish is as valuable financially to my business, or possibly … Read Full Article


ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]