Alternative Art School Fair (AASF)
November 17-19, 2016
Pioneer Works, New York
The Alternative Art School Fair (ASF) presents an introduction to
alternative art schools from around 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 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 generate awareness and discussion of their methods among a broader
– To reflect on the structure and purpose of traditional institutions.
– To demystify the process of creating a school.
– 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.
Interested schools are invited to submit information through this form:
For general inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: Catherine Despont of Pioneer Works, Alexandre Gurita
Partners: Dylan Gauthier
The Alternative Art School Fair (ASF)
159 Pioneer Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn