Small Victories and Sustaining Positivity | Amelia Hutchison

The last time I posted to ALT/space I felt very uncertain where I stood as a teacher. I didn’t know if I wanted to go back into the prisons at all.  It helped that before the assault in August I had written out a very clear vision statement for what I wanted my year of […]

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 […]

An Extraordinary Beginning | Amelia Hutchison

I received an email from my supervisor at the Baltimore City Detention Center updating me on my students’ progress since I returned home to Canada for summer two months ago. He said, “I wanted to let you know that even with all the comings and goings of guys on the tier, the artwork on the walls […]

Residency Writer’s Block / Joan Weber

I am supposed to be finishing the lesson plans for a brand spanking new residency that just got moved up a week because the teacher has been asked to attend a conference. It’s one of those rare situations where I will be delivering one residency to 6th graders and a completely different, completely new residency […]

Art Behind Bars | Amelia Hutchison

Today is my nineteenth birthday.  If someone had told me a year ago that tomorrow I would be on my way back to the U.S. to begin my second semester at the Maryland Institute College of Art, I wouldn’t have believed them.  If that same person had told me that I would spend my Fridays […]

The Business of Being a Teaching Artist | Joan Weber

I am in the beginning weeks of a ten-week residency that I am developing for a local university law school center.  The University of Baltimore Center for Families, Children and the Courts is a successful early intervention program that focuses on truancy in Baltimore City Public Schools.  They have recruited several circuit court judges to […]