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Unexpected Halt | Amelia Hutchison

My work has come to an unexpected halt. The week before classes started back up at MICA I attended Baltimore College Town LeaderShape; a week-long intensive leadership conference. One activity called for us to write headlines we want to see in the newspaper. Mine read, “Art Behind Bars; State of Maryland calls for Art Therapy in all Correctional Institutions.” The week left me feeling energized. I feel overwhelming support for the work I started a year ago. The conference helped me organize my intentions for the year and really consider the kind of teacher I want to be. My supervisor, partner and I are ready to expand our program for more interns. In the coming weeks, art classes should be starting in the women’s and juvenile sections in addition to men’s pretrial. Last Tuesday I went for a walk with my friend, Chetan, in Federal Hill. On our way back to his car we passed a group of four young men. Out of nowhere, one punched Chetan in the face. Two more joined in beating him when … Read Full Article

 

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Power | Malke Rosenfeld

You are nine (or ten, or eleven). You have power. You think mathematically while you move. You make your own choices about how far to turn and in which direction, what kind of movement to use, … [Read More...]

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On the Periphery | Anna Plemons

Thread #1: Earlier this year, the young musician (who wrote a response to The Teacher’s Chair), brought an article to the A Facility writing group that he wanted to read and discuss.  I have been … [Read More...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

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?

“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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]