Free After School Arts Program for Teens Aged 15-17

September 1, 2011 by  
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Teens aged 15-17 can join a free after school arts program, and families create art together on Saturdays.

I think this is super-cool, and if you’ve got an arty teenager in the family, maybe they will too!

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History free after school arts program for teens aged 15-17 starts in October 2011, and runs every Tuesday afternoon from 3 – 5:30 pm through April 2012.

The program is called Lead with the Arts, and includes studio projects, meeting local artists, visits to art venues, and, of course, meeting other teens who also want to explore art.  Lead with the Arts is free, but the teen has to complete an application and return it by September 30, 2011.  Here’s the online Albuquerque Museum Lead with the Arts application – it’s for those aged 15 to 17 by October 2011.

For everyone else, the Albuquerque Museum family art workshops on Saturdays from 1 – 2.30 pm are open to all museum visitors and included in museum admission.  Supplies are provided, and budding artists of any age can show up to create art inspired by the Museum’s exhibits.

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.


Balloon Museum Launch and Learn

April 6, 2011 by  
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I thought these monthly events at the Balloon Museum were called Family Fun Days, but now it seems they’re calling them Launch and Learn days. WHATEVER you call it, the Balloon Museum is holding a series of events for all ages, featuring hands-on activities and workshops, experiments, and entertainment, on the second Saturday of each month from 2 – 4 pm. No advance booking needed, and activities are included with admission.

This Saturday April 9, 2011, it’s Launch and Learn Tapestry at the Balloon Museum from 2 – 4 pm.  They promise to have creative fun stuff for both kids and adults, including:

  • A quilting demonstration (the museum is currently showing the Pieces of the Sky quilt exhibit)
  • A wool-spinning demonstration
  • Art activities: Make muslin wall hangings, fabric flowers, Shibori tie-dye on silk, and iris folding greeting cards with a balloon theme.

I didn’t know what iris folding was, so I just looked it up. Apparently it has nothing to do with folding/origami, but involves layering strips of paper to make a pattern like the lens of a camera or the iris of an eye. I guess you have to see it  – it looks cool!

Launch and Learn Tapestry activities come with regular museum admission:

  • Adults:  $4, or $3 for New Mexico residents. Take NM resident ID to get the $1 off admission!
  • Seniors aged 65+:  $2
  • Children 4 – 12:  $1
  • Kids aged 3 and under get in free!

Or take the family to the Balloon Museum on Sunday morning – it’s free admission for all every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm.  The first Friday of each month is also a free admission day.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE.



Free: Cultural Sunsets in Old Town

June 9, 2009 by  
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Old Town Gazebo photo by Occam; Creative Commons license

Old Town really is one of the finest places to be on a warm summer night in Albuquerque. And we gotta give props to the city for providing a wealth of entertainment for FREE on the plaza.

This Thursday, June 11 (2009), for example, you can enjoy Cultural Sunsets at the gazebo. (For visitors, “the gazebo” is just that: a big, tan-and-white gazebo in the middle of Old Town plaza.) Cultural Sunsets run from 6:30 – 8:30pm and include arts and crafts workshops for children, along with multi-cultural performers adorned in native costumes. This week, Pastatones performs. We don’t know what they do, but it sounds like fun, nonetheless!

Obviously, there’s plenty to do merely by strolling around Old Town. If you get the yen, you can stop in numerous places for coffee, soda, or even cocktails.

Old Town is located in the heart of Albuquerque, just northeast of the intersection of Central Ave SW and Rio Grande NW. Here’s a map of Old Town, proper.

–Elizabeth Hanes