Making New Ideas | Jeff Redman

Our second January series here on ALT/space was inspired by an interesting confluence of December submissions from our contributors. Completely independent of each other, four of our writers sent in a story relating a can’t, not, or aren’t in relation to art making. This is truly the beauty of ALT/space for me — how our […]

Breaking Down Barriers to Dance: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach | Annie Harrison Elliott

When I teach modern dance to a new group of middle school students, it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin. On the first day of class students, all with varying degrees of dance experience, self-consciousness, and barriers against movement, are often scanning the room, anxious and concerned about what might happen next. Some of […]

When Art Meets Life | Jeff Redman

Back in February, I was part of a unique experiment in collaboration with the students in my drama class.  Partnering with the eighth grade humanities classes, under the direction of their teacher, Fady Tabbara, we attempted to create an original theater piece that dealt with the heavy subject of Modern Day Slavery. Fady and I […]

Making Sense of Modern Day Slavery through Theater | Jeff Redman

It all began with a simple exercise with my 8th graders in drama class: take what you have learned about modern day slavery in your Humanities class and create a three-person tableau to represent one image from your research.  I gave them each about a minute and a half to come up with something. “Don’t […]

Happy Accidents | Suzanne Makol

So far in my ALT/space posts I have written about big-picture ideas relating to my teaching artist experiences. Today I’d like to highlight a moment of joy and straight-up fun that is part of the reason I love being a teaching artist. This past spring term at Marwen, I taught and assisted two experimental darkroom […]