Thankful for you all!!

November is flying by!  We are thankful every month, but something about the beautiful colors and leaves falling leaves us in awe.  We have a few updates on what is going on in the world of ALMA.


Migrating Souls of Wisdom

This mural was completed in the summer by:


  • Jai Salazar
  • Atom Vigil
  • Jacquelyn Yepa

Lead Apprentices

  • Tori Lucero
  • Jacqueline De La Cruz

Lead Artists

  • Vanessa Alvarado
  • Margarita Paz-Pedro

Executive Director Moving On

Photo of Cassandra Reid

Cassandra Reid

Our long-time leader of the program, ALMA’s first Executive Director, and 20+ years leader will be moving on at the end of 2020.  She will continue in a consulting capacity.  Check out next month’s newsletter for an in-depth look at her accomplishments with the organization.

Hiring an Administrative/Bookkeeper

ALMA is hiring an Administrative/Bookkeeper person!  It is a part/time job, with room for growth.  If you are a self-starter; dependable; proficient in Microsoft Office products, Google programs, and Quickbooks Online; good communication skills; be able to work efficiently; have excellent time management skills AND into the Arts or know someone who would be perfect for this, please check out the link.  The deadline to apply is 11/30/20 

Latest Projects

ALMA at Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Image of ALMA at Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge

ALMA has been working in collaboration with Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of VDO, Mountain View Neighborhood and the Pueblo of Isleta for our next ALMA Summer Institute program in 2021.  We will build four concrete sculptures that will be near the entrances to the refuge and cover them with handmade tiles.  We are in the process of gathering community input for our designs.  

If you reside in the South Valley, Mountain View neighborhood or Pueblo of Isleta (or know someone), we would like to hear from you!  

Please email and we will send you a link to a google form/questionnaire.  

We will continue to update you all on our project!


“Sunflowers Across Burque” was generously funded by SOMOS ABQ & ALMA.  It is a collaboration between  La Academia De Esperanza Charter High School and ALMA to create singular handmade mosaic sunflowers and painted sunflowers across Burque. We see the sunflower as a prominent and symbolic flower in our state.  For us, it is a reference to Tupac Shakur’s poem “The Rose Through the Concrete”.  Here in Albuquerque, NM, it is the sunflowers through the concrete/dirt, there is beauty and strength that can come from the grittiness of life.  Sunflowers also have the ability to suck toxins from the soil, to allow it to thrive.  It is a way to bring strength, color, beauty, and resilience to our neighborhoods with our own hands.  We have created a video with Keith Scott that demonstrates the collaborative creating, the final product with creative narration, photographs, and aerial footage.

It is our hope that these sunflowers will eventually bloom across the city, on businesses, and throughout neighborhoods.  If you are interested in purchasing a painted, tile, or painted/tile sunflower at your business or home please email us at

#SunflowersAcrossBurque @ ABQ Convention Center & Kathy’s Carryout

ALMA Artists and students from La Academia De Esperanza Charter High School have been working on a large painted mural at the parking entrance of the Albuquerque Convention Center -East Bldg.  If you find yourself in the area, check it out, take a pic and tag us! 

We have also finished our last tile project of the season (too cold!) and painted sunflowers at Kathy’s Carry Out on Isleta Blvd.  When you are there getting your taquitos take a look at our two sunflowers.

Raffle Coming Soon!!

ALMA is trying to raise funds for our very own kiln!  We have been sub-contracting our current kiln, and we feel like it’s about time to purchase our own.  We need your support in helping us reach our goal of $4,000.00!

We will be launching an online raffle starting on Giving Tuesday, December 1st, and will run until December 18th.  Here is a sneak peek of some of our raffle items.  We will be sending out the official raffle launch via email and on all social media platforms on 12/1/20! 

ALMA Raffle image of raffle items