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The Legend of El Bibliobandito

As a visual arts educator I often find myself looking for new ways to present art to my students. There are the very obvious ways of presentation — you look at an image, a painting, a print, or a sculpture, you discuss that art work, and then you make something. Every now and again I find myself presented with a project that allows a lot of room to get just a little crazy and stretch the boundaries of what it means to teach and the following project has been just that. I work in visual arts education with at-risk and under served children in New York City. When I first started working with one organization in particular I discovered they had a curriculum writer; at first, I will admit, I was completely averse to this but I have since grown to love working with lessons written by other people. Every semester I am handed a stack of projects and artists to present with plenty of wiggle room to edit, expand or stretch what that project is for my students. The project I am about to tell … Read Full Article

 

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 […]

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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…

Harvard Recap | Malke Rosenfeld

In early August I attended a three day institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) called The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning and led by Steve Seidel and members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.  I signed up after receiving a very generous invitation-only grant award that encouraged me to attend one of HGSE’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Whose Reality?

Linda Bruning and I were in the middle of an interchange about the first draft of her recent post, The Road and its Reality.  I thought it was a great piece from start to finish, but something was bugging me, and I could not put my finger on it. “I think you make your point […]