We are having our annual OPEN HOUSE and FUNDRAISER on Monday, July 10 from 530-730 pm. Come see our NEW Studio – 1105 4th St NW, 87102, check out the current summer project, have dinner, and buy some art! $5 Frito Pie Combo There will be small mosaics for purchase. All donations will get a tile magnet. Donations above $50 are tax deductible.
ALMA is excited to announce a new collaboration with the City of Las Cruces Mural Arts Program and the city of Las Cruces to create a new public mural in Las Cruces, NM.
This project will run this summer for 6 weeks from mid-June to end of July. There will be about 3-5 youth volunteers that will be participating in every step of the process. It will also combine both handmade ceramic tile mosaic in addition to painted elements. We will be creating all of our tiles at the Frank O’brien Papen Community Center and then installing the mural at the Armando “Mondy” Castaneda, Parks and Recreation Administration Building. If you are in the area, come see us!
A big thank you to all have donated to support this program in Las Cruces: City of Las Cruces, McCune Foundation, New Mexico Potter’s and Clay Artist’s Association, Devesthali Family Fund/ Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, Links of Life, LLC, Conchita Paz, Claire Shervanick, Imelda Toledo, Phyllis Denton & Carole France.
ALMA is honored to be the recipient of the 2017 Bill Armstrong Grant! Lead artist Margarita Paz-Pedro will be leading a mural project in collaboration with the City of Las Cruces Mural Arts Program this summer, and the grant is helping to make the project possible. Read more about the project in this article by Jacquita Beddo >.
Thank you to our board secretary, Kate Smith, for putting together this wonderful video documenting the 2016 Summer Program! We hope you enjoy seeing our process and learning about the Mayor’s Art Institute!
The featured image above is a sketch of the bench designed to honor Olivia.
ALMA is honored to have been invited to create memorial benches for the Mascarenas children, Ian, Olivia, and Eli, who were tragically taken on December 5, 2016. They have surviving family, classmates, teachers, and community members who need healing. ALMA artists are visiting the children’s classmates at Manzano Mesa Elementary School to involve them in designing and making tiles for the benches. The students are learning the art of mosaic tile and sharing their love and stories with the artists and teachers to honor the memories of Ian, Olivia, and Eli Mascarenas.
We are humbly seeking your support in this endeavor. A Memorial Fund has been created to assist with healing through art. Our objective is to fund the three memorial benches. You may make a donation to this project by using the Donate button on this page. When prompted, please write “IOE benches” in the box for “instructions to seller.” All donations are tax-deductible.