The Alternative Art School Fair

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Redhook / Columbia St Waterfront

Pioneer Works | 159 Pioneer Street

The Alternative Art School Fair
November 19-20, 2016

The Alternative Art School Fair presents an introduction to alternative art schools from around the US and the world.

Art education is a reflection of social and cultural evolution; it engages with structures of meaning-making and considers different frameworks for experience. The impetus to create an alternative art school is rooted not only in a desire to create “better” art, but to create the conditions for greater freedom of expression. Often run as free, artist-run initiatives, the values and visions of alternative art schools vary widely in methodology, mission and governance. But even when they are relatively small in scale they provide vital models of cultural critique and experimentation.

The Alternative Art School Fair event, including keynote presentations, workshops, and exclusive interviews with participants, will be streamed live and archived by Clocktower Productions on

The Alternative Art School Fair recognizes that the act of school building is an effort to create institutional structures that are more responsive to cultural evolution. With this in mind the Fair invites the public to engage with these schools at interactive booths alongside a weekend program of presentations and discussions that examine the role of such alternatives.

The reasons for this fair are several:

-To provide better visibility for alternative schools and improve access to their programming.
-To create opportunities for schools to share experiences and resources for mutual enrichment.
-To consider the role of the artist as cultural producer.
-To discuss the evolving methodology of arts education.
-To demystify the process of creating a school.

Criteria for participation:
-Calls itself a school.
-Engages arts or creative practice education within their programming.
-Proposes something unique in terms of methodology, organization, mission, curriculum, final output.
-If the school does not call itself an art school, it should propose something that can impact or transform arts education.
-Is a space that generates alternative systems and new cultural models.

Participating Schools:
AAPG – Alternative Art Program Guatemala AltMFA Anhoek School Archeworks Arts Letters & Numbers ASCII Project Beta-Local Black Mountain School Brooklyn Institute for Social Research Center for Art Analysis COLLABOR Enroll Yourself Islington Mill Art Academy Grizedale Arts Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency NERTM - New Earth Resiliency Training Module New York Arts Practicum Nomad/9 Shift/Work School of Apocalypse School of Critical Engagement - SoCE School of the Future School for Poetic Computation SOMA Sommerskolen Spring Sessions Sunview Luncheonette The Art & Law Program The Black School The Other MA - TOMA The Public School The School of Making Thinking The Southland Institute The Ventriloquist Summerschool The Zz School of Print Media Thinker Space Transart Institute Uncertainty School UNIDEE - University of Ideas Utopia School

Presses, Libraries, Resources:
Arthur Fournier Fine and Rare Booklyn Brooklyn Art Library Common Field Inventory Press OSSAI - Open Source and Space Administration Institute for Alternative Research Provisions Library Sketchbook Project Zone Books


Saturday Schedule

Tickets include registration for keynote panels as well as a full day of discussions, workshops, and presentations by participating schools.

12:00pm Noon—1:30pm
Imagining a School: Building Space for Creative Liberation

How is alternative education important to artistic practice?
How can alternative systems impact traditional arts education?
The Price of Education

The Anhoek Record Examination
Art and Democracy
The Social Arts College

Year One
Self-Governance as Pedagogy: Of Other Spaces

Sunday Schedule

Tickets include registration for keynote panels as well as a full day of discussions, workshops, and presentations by participating schools.

12:00pm Noon—1:30pm
The Architecture of Arts Education

Open Source and Online
Hybrid Practice
Innovating Critique

Local and International Perspectives
Responsive Programming
Body / Text / Play

Performative Discussion: Unanswerable Questions
(Re-)incorporating Art in Everyday Life

If you’re interested in receiving more information about AASF, including programming updates and volunteer opportunities, please sign up for our mailing list here. For general inquiries, please email

Organizers: Catherine Despont of Pioneer Works, Alexandre Gurita, Dylan Gauthier