Featured Stories

Hand in Hand | Laura Reeder

More than four-hundred people held hands. They formed a human chain from Seymour School, through the playground, across the parking lot between Nojaim’s grocery store and the community health center, in front of the public housing buildings, alongside Gifford drug store, past the purple house with the plastic swans, down the sidewalk by the industrial storage place, past Iglesia de Dios, the vacant concrete building covered with graffiti, and across the lawn of artist Juan Cruz, and into la Casita Cultural Center. This was a performance and installation all at once. This had been imagined and planned for months. This was something called Seymourofus.   Police officers stopped traffic. Folks at the grocery store parked their carts, and pre-kindergarten through 5th grade students extended their hands to neighbors and teachers to make a statement. We are here. You are with us. See more of us. Seymourofus. For many years in Syracuse, New York, I worked closely with an amazing team of … Read Full Article

 

Making New Ideas | Jeff Redman

Our second January series here on ALT/space was inspired by an interesting confluence of December submissions from our contributors. Completely independent of each other, four of our writers sent in a … [Read More...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]