Who We Are

We chose ALMA as our name because, besides being an acronym, it means soul in Spanish. We genuinely pour our heart and soul into our designs and our relationships with all the artists we work with.   We are a creative community that supports and empowers artists of all ages and creates world-class artwork through an apprenticeship model that develops leaders in a diverse and inclusive way.

What We Do

ALMA Summer Institute in Albuquerque, NM creates large scale handmade ceramic tile mosaics using the apprenticeship model.  We believe the murals we create have an extra layer of beauty because of the value of the relationships and skills learned through this process. Throughout the years, we have recruited people from diverse backgrounds who have benefited and contributed to the amazing work done.


One of ALMA’s visions is to spread our apprenticeship model and artwork across Albuquerque and beyond!  

News & Bios

Malachi Mirabal – First Year Apprentice

Alma is Mongolian for “wild man” and Spanish for “soul.”   The meaning of it is strong and the family I’ve met through it is even stronger.   Many say it’s just art, but to me it’s a mark on this life that we make it out to be, straight from a wild man's brain. ...

Tomas Lopez Second Year Apprentice

My name is Tomas Lopez this is now my second summer as an apprentice for ALMA.  Since I began working for ALMA I have gained insight into how a working artist can make a career in the arts.  Working with the ALMA summer program has helped me to build social skills and...

Tori Lucero Lead Apprentice

Throughout my life, I've always been passionate about art. Starting from a young age I began painting and drawing.  As I got older I continued working on my passion and took classes starting in high school and continued through college. It was after I graduated high...

Jilleen Salazar – 1.5 Year Apprentice

This new year at ALMA is fascinating, and for this past month I got the opportunity not only to learn and discover new skills from myself, but I got to learn the skills that my partners have, and slowly I have used them for myself. I learned a little bit from first...

Thank you/Muchisimas Gracias to all our apprentices, families, supporters and funders!