20th Anniversary Exhibition

“ALMA: Mosaics From The Soul”

from: August 24, 2019

to: January 3, 2020


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. ...

Vanessa Alvarado – ALMA Artist & Outreach Director

“One Piece at a Time”   Each of our murals are made up of about 10,000 tiles. Each tile is made one beautiful piece at a time. By the end each tile has been cut, glazed, fired, installed and grouted. Every tile is treated with care and respect, whether it is a...

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...

Jacquelyn Yepa Apprentice- 4th year

My name is Jacquelyn Yepa, I am a nineteen-year-old Native American from the Navajo(Diné) and Jemez(Walatowa) tribes. I am currently attending the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico and will be entering my sophomore year in fall of 2019. ...

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