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Togetherness in Unlikely Places

Yesterday, our newest intern, Michael, took the reigns and planned a typography lesson for our class at the detention center. Every week it seems like we have more and more students. Last week’s journal assignment had to do with the ways art can transform spaces and the people in them. We had one new member on our tier; he had just been transferred from general population. He told us about how reserved he felt arriving in the psych. ward, but when he saw the art on the common room walls and read the “Something You Don’t Know About Me” posters he began to feel like this was a much healthier community than the one he had just come from. I know Dr. Mac has been facilitating group workshops a few times a week and really stressing how important it is that the guys be supportive of one another. This would be a tall order in any other part of the prison. We are very lucky to be in a small corner of the facility. In the rest of the jail, E Section is famous for being ‘luxurious’ in … Read Full Article


ALT/space News & Commentary

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…

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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…

ALT/space 2012 Highlights: Part One

As 2012 comes to a close I want to express my gratitude and thanks to all the ALT/space contributors who have written about their work in the last year.  They have shared moments of celebration, art making and, sometimes, struggle and we have all benefited from their tales, both individually and as a profession. Although […]

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?

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 […]

The Other Half

One thing that impresses me about the writing on ALT/space is the sheer scope of the stories collected here.  Even in what are still the early months of occupying our online habitat, a widely drawn picture is emerging from multiple personal narratives about teaching artist work and realities. On the one hand, there is Spoon […]