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Letter to Ardina: 4th Graders and Re-Contextualization | Mark Dzula

Editor’s Note: This post inspired the following response: Reply to Mark: 3rd Graders & Site Specific Installation. Dear Ardina, I hope your residency is progressing well.  Both of my residencies are wrapping up their introductory phase.  In Staten Island, the fourth graders and I are exploring the question “How do we make the familiar strange and the strange familiar?” We’ve made collages, drawn everyday objects from observation, reinterpreted everyday objects in a game called “What Is It,” and re-interpreted images in an activity I call “This for That.” Here are some pictures: Recently, we have been talking about “re-contextualization.” These eight syllables and nineteen letters are wildly popular with the students. Although this topic may seem difficult, we’ve had some exciting conversations, thanks in part to art inquiries with Maurizio Cattelan’s “Hollywood” sign. Cattelan is deeply involved with problems of image and representation (or re-presentation). Once, he built … Read Full Article


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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…

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]