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Offcenter Community Arts Project

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Visual Arts

Mission: OFFCenter's mission is: To promote positive self identity and resilience through art making by providing a safe environment for creative social interaction with an emphasis to enhance the lives of those most marginalized in our community.

Results: Since 2001 OFFCenter has become a 'home place' for creative expression in our community, encouraging all to participate and to recognize the shared humanity among us all. Art Saves Lives.

Target demographics: All in our Community. Creativity is Transformative!

Direct beneficiaries per year: Annually OFFCenter serves about 3,000 individuals in our community! Many participate multiple times throughout the year.

Geographic areas served: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Programs: 25 hours per week of creativity access for no charge to the public in our open studio, including free weekly drop-in workshops such as drawing and painting, card making , guitar and ukulele, creative writing, knitting and crocheting. Outreach programming includes 32 weeks a year of title 1 k-5 after-school art activities at a neighborhood elelmentary school, a summer kids only art program in studio, an annual full day Folk Art Festival, music & coffeehouse nights and more!

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the past year or so I have contributed my time and skills toward making the frame shop at the center more user friendly. During that time I have taught the rudiments of matting and frame building to many artists who frequent the center. I have also participated in several workshops, art shows and activities that opened up new possibilities to me as an artist. In all these activities I was supported with wonderful help, encouragement and appreciation from the staff and other clients. The best part of my experience there is that I met and worked alongside many people I would not otherwise have crossed paths with. The fact that the center is open to everyone is a most beautiful thing. It enriches us all. I have dreamed of creating a place like this, and I am grateful to be a part of this symbiosis.

1 Micaela S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have taken and taught a variety of classes at OffCenter for the past 10 years. The staff is dedicated, professional, and consistently coming up with new ways to serve the community. The Center is open to the public and provides a workspace for individual artists, groups of artists as well as for long term projects. One can participate in workshops in music, drawing, writing and various media whether you are a professional or a beginner. One of the projects I have participated in are the fantastic We Art The People Folk Arts Festival which is held once a year and includes weeks of preparation with people coming together to work on puppets and other art projects, music, and art in the park. I have offered workshops at OffCenter including one called EAK which was the Experimental Art Klub. People came together once a month to learn about and emulate various artists. This workshop was intended to offer artists an opportunity to get away from their usual media and methods and to experiment in another artists' consciousness. A big hit! OffCenter is a place that I know I can drop in anytime and find friends working on projects and trying out new things. It's great.