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 […]

The Brave Six | Spoon Jackson

Lockdown continues, going on six months now, so I don’t have my writing classes to teach. Fortunately, Professor Tom Kerr, who teaches writing at Ithaca College in New York, contacted me to do the Brave Six project with a new batch of young students at his school. Tom and I first orchestrated this essay/letter correspondence […]

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 […]