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!