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By Foot: Engaging Youth with Performance Art | Shaqe Kalaj

There’s nothing like inspiring and engaging the students whether inside or outside a classroom– in fact it’s essential. So last summer, when I started a visual art performance project on the streets of my community, I wanted to engage youth and adults first-hand in my process. I wanted to surprise passersby and stop them in their tracks.  I wanted them to ask me: “What are you doing?” or simply “Why??” I attained a crowd every time I performed my art, and people of all ages were amazed at my abilities. They wanted to know more and see more. This project was actually inspired in the classroom and involves drawing various buildings in two small cities in Michigan, where I now reside. The unique aspect to these performances was that I drew and painted them with my foot. Yes, with my foot. About two years ago I worked with some students with cognitive disabilities. When I was activating them in some drawing I noticed that their lines were alive and unstructured. As I studied their lines … Read Full Article


ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

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 […]

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…

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]