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But it’s a Dry Lavender, Crimson, Gold Heat | Michael B. Schwartz

The end of the school years means its assessment, reflection and celebration time.  I know we did our job when students want to know more about specific techniques and concepts. With few students getting a formal arts education in Tucson many of our participants arrive drawing stick figures and depart wanting to know more about observational drawing, color theory and how the principles of design we use in visual arts can be translated into poetry or dance. School ends in May here, reflecting life in the Sonoran Desert. This year is different; with the summer heats coming late some say it’s more evidence of climate change. The Tucson Unified School District Board meeting on the evening of May 3, 2011 was sizzling hot. Chaos is how one could best describe the mood as over 100 police officers faced off with less than 300 protestors in and outside the district offices. Legendary Ethnic Studies educator Guadalupe Castillo was arrested and taken away in handcuffs for reading “Letter from … Read Full Article



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

“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 […]

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?

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…

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 […]