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.


Free Summer Programs for Teens from June 14

May 31, 2010 by  
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Teens can try their hand at a variety of creative summer programs including film, photography, journalism, and creating a mural, plus programs in breakdancing, yoga, belly dancing, and Brazilian Capoeira. Best of all, it’s totally free!

Warehouse 508, which describes itself as “A venue for youth, by youth in Albuquerque” offers these free teen summer programs, starting Monday June 14 to Friday, July 23, 2010.

Dates and times for each program vary within that period, and you need to apply in advance for spaces, but options include:

  • Guerilla Film Squad with Independent film director Darryl D
  • An Artist Mural Project designed and directed by local artist Albert Rosales
  • Breakdancing
  • Youth Yoga
  • Brazilian Capoeira and Dance
  • Extreme Sports Photography
  • Tribal Belly Dancing
  • Creating the Hype 508 Quarterly Magazine

Spaces are limited so apply for the free teen summer programs soon!

Warehouse 508 is located at 508 First St NW.




March 23, 2009 by  
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If you’re into board and table games, chess, checkers, or cribbage — or if you’d like to be — you have a few options in the Duke City area.

The Lomas Tramway Library has free game nights for ages 5 and up on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Play the library’s board games or bring you own. Lomas Tramway Library is located at 908 Eastridge NE.

Active Imagination Game Store, 11200 Montgomery NE #10 (Juan Tabo & Montgomery) offers several free game nights, including:

  • Board game night every Thursday at 7:00pm; bring your own game
  • Dungeons & Dragons, Sundays at noon
  • Star Wars Minis, Thursdays at 7:00pm and Saturdays at noon
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Play and Trade, Saturdays at noon
  • Warhammer & Flames of War, Sundays at noon
  • Confrontation & AT43, Wednesdays at 7:00pm
  • Monster Apocalypse, Sundays at 2:00pm

Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, offers a chess club the first Saturday of each month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. All ages, no sign-up required.

Cherry Hills Library and East Mountain Library both offer official Pokemon Leagues. At Cherry Hills, ages 6-15 play every Tuesday at 1:00pm. At East Mountain, 1 Old Tijeras Rd (next to the Post Office) in Tijeras, ages 7-15 play at 2:00pm the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.

Sandia Peggers Cribbage Club offers free classes for kids age 10-14. Adults can play for $5 and students for $2. Saturdays 9:00am to 12:30pm. Sessions are held at the County Communications Centers, 10401 Holly NE.

In Rio Rancho, Loma Colorado Library offers Chess ‘N Checkers every Tuesday at 4:30pm for players age 4-12. Bring a chess set if you have one.

–Elizabeth Hanes