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Contemporary Artists as Catalysts for Inquiry and Art-making | Debora Broderick

“My job is not to produce answers. My job is to produce good questions.” ~Glen Lignon, contemporary artist When I first told my students we were going to be studying contemporary artists to help us think about teaching, they were understandably perplexed. My students, who are high school seniors interested in becoming teachers, wondered (a) why we were studying art in a teacher education program, and (b) why were we only studying contemporary art. What is it about contemporary art specifically that lends itself to supporting teacher education? In order to understand this question, my students first needed to grasp a little bit of art history, and how and where contemporary art fits in. It was also important that before we delve into the larger arts integrated project that my students would participate in over the year, I first provide some context and frame our work within the educational field. I began with inviting Fabric Workshop & Museum (FWM) teaching artist Ryan Parker to … Read Full Article

 

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Language Matters | Malke Rosenfeld

As teaching artists we write about our work for many reasons.  We write applications to arts education rosters.  We write to state granting agencies or other funding sources.  We keep blogs on our … [Read More...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

Deep, Rich, Wide & Timeless [2013 ALT/space Retrospective]

ALT/space is about the work of artists who teach in schools, communities and prisons. ALT/space contributors advance the teaching artist field by writing specific, concrete, and powerfully personal stories about what they do and how they do it. 2013 on ALT/space gave us a deep, rich, wide, and timeless swath of stories about teaching artist […]

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…

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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 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 […]