Arete Project is Alaska’s Newest Alternative Higher-Education Option

Inspired by Deep Springs College, a collaborative higher education school where students self-govern and study in classrooms and outdoors, Laura Marcus’ Arete Project proves more inclusive. Until 2018, Deep Springs only accepted men, but Arete Project—located on a remote island in Alaska’s wilderness—accepts everybody, and as NPR’s Anya Kamenetz describes, is “at the crossroads of liberal arts, place-based education and experiential learning.” It’s free for …

‘Tundra Kids’ Captures the Double Lives of Russia’s Nenets Children

Proving that taking school portraits is awkward and silly no matter where you are on Earth is “Tundra Kids”—a photo series of Russia’s indigenous Nenets children during their months-long stay at boarding school. By Japanese photographer Ikuru Kuwajima, the series captures the striking contrast between the kids’ lives at home—where they herd reindeer, hunt and live off the land—and their time spent sitting in classrooms …

ArtShack Brooklyn

Creative ceramics and critical thinking collide at the after-school program

Encouraging kids to put down their phones and get creative, Brooklyn-based program ArtShack extends elementary learning outside of the classroom. The after-school program, founded by artist and educator McKendree Key and product designer Dany Rose, builds children’s critical thinking capabilities through ceramics, felting, silk-screening and a slew of other activities. Key started ArtShack in 2008, as a way to allow kids to create objects from …