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 Jackson, writing expansively from the limited physical space of incarceration. On the other hand, Michael B Schwartz speaks eloquently and in great detail about an all-inclusive restorative community arts approach. In between these two perspectives are the stories of Linda Bruning (who tells of what she learned working on the reservations in South Dakota), Carol Ng-He (with a story about Outsider art and its use in urban classrooms) and Meg Mahoney (focusing in on two boys and their contribution to an end-of-year performance), all of whom have their own special ‘zoom lens’ setting to describe and illustrate their teaching artist practice.
However, the work of these, and other, contributors is only one half of the ALT/space picture. The other half is YOU, the reader — your responses, insights and work.
Maybe you are following cartoonist Richard Jenkins’ series of posts detailing how he uses brain research and Universal Design for Learning to reach all learners in his classes. Or, maybe, the correspondence between husband and wife visual art TAs Mark Dzula and Ardina Greco has caught your eye. Perhaps you subscribe to the blog using an RSS feed, read every post, and find that the sheer diversity of experiences shared in ALT/space has illuminated aspects of your own TA practice.
As you read ALT/space we also hope you will choose to respond, either here or on the TAJ Facebook page. You can share your thoughts, questions, or observations in a number of ways: in reply to specific posts, on our Facebook wall by posting links, photos or mini-stories of your own work, or even by becoming an ALT/space correspondent.
I sincerely hope we hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for any reason!