Featured Stories

Together We Thrive Mural Project | Michael B. Schwartz

January 8, 2011 started out like any other day in sunny Tucson, Arizona. The old Pueblo was abuzz that morning, the mild winter drawing annual snowbirds and festivals.  A few hours later multiple gunshots at the “Congress on Your Corner” would shock and tear local social and cultural fabric and shake our national identity.  U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a Tucson local, and eleven others were wounded, six lay dead including nine year-old Christina-Taylor Green, born September 11, 2001. Our community was in mourning, attempting to come to terms with the magnitude of what had just happened. The shooting brought national exposure to a politically charged environment that has produced repeated threats against Congresswoman Giffords as well as SB 1070, legislation intended to shut down the Tucson Unified School District Ethnic Studies program. In the weeks and months following the tragedy, many new memorial projects were birthed. Participants, board members and the public were … Read Full Article


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 […]

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…

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?

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 […]

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 […]