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But it’s a Dry Lavender, Crimson, Gold Heat | Michael B. Schwartz

The end of the school years means its assessment, reflection and celebration time.  I know we did our job when students want to know more about specific techniques and concepts. With few students getting a formal arts education in Tucson many of our participants arrive drawing stick figures and depart wanting to know more about observational drawing, color theory and how the principles of design we use in visual arts can be translated into poetry or dance. School ends in May here, reflecting life in the Sonoran Desert. This year is different; with the summer heats coming late some say it’s more evidence of climate change. The Tucson Unified School District Board meeting on the evening of May 3, 2011 was sizzling hot. Chaos is how one could best describe the mood as over 100 police officers faced off with less than 300 protestors in and outside the district offices. Legendary Ethnic Studies educator Guadalupe Castillo was arrested and taken away in handcuffs for reading “Letter from … Read Full Article

 

Taking up Space | Holly Adams

I am walking down the dirt road, my headscarf up over my nose to keep from breathing quite so much dust and smog, averting my eyes and trajectory from any men, and looking for the cement stanchions on … [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?

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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…