Support Mascarenas Memorial Project

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.

Please visit the IOE Memorial Healing Through Artwebsite for more information on a silent auction and other ways to donate:

2017 Project Updates!

We have been collaborating with a few organizations to create new murals in the community! Stay tuned for projects with the following community partners:

  • Partners for Community Action
  • Mascarenas Memorial Benches with Manzano Mesa Elementary School
  • UNMH Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico


2016 Mural Dedication

ALMA would like to invite you to the unveiling and dedication of The Mayor’s Art Institute 2016 Summer Mural. Join us at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday, August 27th at 2:00pm.  Come meet the artists, hear from our funders, and see the completed mural! The dedication will be held in the foyer of the West Convention Center.  We will see you then!

Congratulations to the Mayor’s Art Institute 2016 Apprentices!

Three apprentices pose with a mural depicting the three sister, corn, beans, and squash.
Three apprentices pose with a mural depicting the three sister, corn, beans, and squash.

This last week, we kicked off the summer 2016 Mayor’s Art Institute program. ALMA would like to congratulate and introduce this year’s apprentices:

Jordyn Bernicke
Jordan Caldwell
Victoria Cereceres
Larissa Chavez
Mollie Coriz
Isabella Del Frate
Paulina Duran
Bethany Godwin
Jacklyn Le
Jessica Lovato
Tori Lucero
Santi Prentice
Jacquelyn Yepa

We would also like to honor and recognize the lead apprentices for this summer’s mural:

Helen Atkins
Karly Grazen
James Long

Stay tuned for more information about this summer’s project.