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Offcenter Community Arts Project

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Nonprofit Overview

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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Off Center is still my favorite NP. I've made life long friends there and like an old friend it is there for all who need it!! Volunteered there for several years and was also a client served. Both were wonderfully enriching experiences.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Off Center is fantastic. They do so much to help those less fortunate. I think the fact that people of all ages and economic backgrounds come together and share in their knowledge is rare. I like that!! I have meet some of the most wonderful artisans there.Learned to knit from a woman in the hands on workshop and now make scarves for people as gifts ( family and the homeless). Also was able to sell a few paintings which was a real boost. Everyone gives of themselves to help other people and this is a real service to the whole community. I volunteered there for several years doing things like cleaning, setting out snacks & sorting. it made me feel like an important part of something bigger than myself. I like to buy things from the shop to support the center and the artists .Now days I see a new group of people growing.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Off Center! The staff is always around to help me out and support others in finding materials and guiding them towards new and fun classses and workshops. I always feel at home whenever I walk in the door and so uplifted for coming and reuniting with my creative self. Definitely a 'you must go to Off Center' if you haven't already- one of the best places ABQ has to offer!!

Julieta A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently presented a paper for the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) at the OFFCenter. It was a great venue and the least boring presentation room I have ever been to. It was a wonderful setting to talk about Art and Science education surrounded by all kinds of art explorations in different colors and materials, from crayons to yarn to computers. Sine we arrived early to setup, we also had a tour and were told of the history and the role in the community that the space has.