ALMA stands for Apprenticeships for Leaders in Mosaic Arts and was founded in spring 2015 by the leadership team* of the Mayor’s Art Institute. ALMA is now the administrator for The ALMA Summer Institute (ASI) formally known as Mayor’s Art Institute (MAI). MAI had a few different homes in the past; the City of Albuquerque from 1999-2005 and the Harwood Art Center from 2006- 2015. ALMA provides mentorship and training to youth through our apprenticeship model, creates world-class handmade tile mosaic artworks, and provides opportunities for the community to engage with the mosaic process.
Leadership Team in 2015- (Left) Will Geusz, Margarita Paz-Pedro, Staci Drangmeister, Vanessa Alvarado, Karly Catron-Cardell, & Cassandra Reid