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Teaching Artist Development Studio Part 2: Design Cycle | Suzanne Makol

Editor’s Note: This is the second of three posts by Suzanne Makol detailing her experience in the Teaching Artist Development Studio. TAD Studio is funded by the Fry Foundation, supported by a wide range of arts education organizations in Chicago, and run under the auspices of CCAP at Columbia College Chicago. For Part Two of TAD Studio (find Part One here), we jumped right in to designing curriculum to teach in a Chicago Public School classroom. Everything we had done thus far in TAD Studio was to investigate our strengths and philosophies about being teaching artists. Now it was the exciting time to actually engage with students and schoolteachers using what we had learned. We worked in groups of two teaching artists with one teacher to plan a two-unit project. I worked with Alyssa Ramos, the theater artist with whom I collaborated in Part One of TAD Studio, and Molly Myers, who teaches AP Human Geography to freshman at Linblom Math and Science Academy in the Englewood … Read Full Article

 

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Language Matters | Malke Rosenfeld

As teaching artists we write about our work for many reasons.  We write applications to arts education rosters.  We write to state granting agencies or other funding sources.  We keep blogs on our … [Read More...]

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 […]

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 […]

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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…

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…

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 […]

“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 […]