20th Anniversary Exhibition

“ALMA: Mosaics From The Soul”


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...

Cassandra Reid- ALMA Artist & Executive Director

1999-2019 It’s exciting to be in our 20th year, with a commemorative exhibition at the National Hispanic Cultural Center to celebrate this anniversary!  For a long time, I’ve dreamed of having an exhibition that will showcase the incredible talent of the 300+...

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...

Jaqueline De La Cruz – Lead Apprentice

My name is Jaqueline De La Cruz. I am 20 years old and have been with ALMA for 3 years. Prior to this job my experience with clay was in high school. I took ceramics for 3 years and really enjoyed working with my hands. During my second year with ALMA I became a lead...

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