Conspiracy Theories at the “Normal” School | Laura Reeder

Art and human development students at Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt), 2013 When I am not on the road engaged in professional development with teachers and teaching artists, I am at a state-funded art school in Boston, Massachusetts working with graduate and undergraduate students who aspire to careers as artists who teach. Our […]

Exquisite Corps(e) | Laura Reeder

Creating a corpse to work as a corps. Doing arts-based professional development in lots of different places has presented one consistent, universal challenge: How can we explore complex, pedagogical ideas when our art-making materials must be simple enough to pass through airport security? While this is not a deeply critical concern, it does mean that […]

The Opposite of Anesthetic | Laura Reeder

White-board crammed with (numbing) educational responsibilities. Arts education philosopher and social activist, Maxine Greene often says, “the opposite of aesthetic is anesthetic”[1] as a way to remind us that art is often misunderstood as something purely decorative in our lives. In my years as a teaching artist, and as someone who trains teachers and teaching […]

Reform Dynamics: Seymourforus

There are giggles, but there is mostly a steady drum rhythm, concerted movement, and agreement on direction. A spiraling and progressive dynamic emerges. It synchronizes the tempo of so many bodies, and opens spaces for newcomers to gracefully join in. Some folks choose to sit along the edge, but they clap, chant, and reinforce an […]