Featured Stories

Inspired by Inocente | Marquetta Johnson

As a teaching artist working at a museum I am often presented with opportunities to develop workshops in support of an exhibit or a work of art. However, recently I was asked to develop a workshop inspired by the documentary film, Inocente which chronicles the struggles and triumphs of Latina artist Inocente as she strives to live life as an artist and overcome homelessness in Los Angeles.  As I watched the trailer, I was captivated by a statement that she made regarding keeping a positive attitude each day. She said that she needed to do art every day to keep her sanity and stay positive so she used what was always available and that was her face. She used makeup and face paint to create beautiful Arabesque designs on her face that shouted out to the world: “See the person I am on the outside and know that I am beautiful on the inside, too.” After viewing the trailer, I developed an art experience in which participants were photographed in black and white, given this photo copy and … Read Full Article

 

Taking up Space | Holly Adams

I am walking down the dirt road, my headscarf up over my nose to keep from breathing quite so much dust and smog, averting my eyes and trajectory from any men, and looking for the cement stanchions on … [Read More...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

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…

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]