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Creative Age

Albuquerque Museum presents a series of workshops for adults ages 55+. Taught by professional artists, these workshops are interactive and demonstrate that your creative age has no limits!
PHOTO: Suzanna FinleyCreative Age: A Vitality Arts initiative of Aroha Philanthropies

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Albuquerque Museum was selected as one of only 20 museums throughout the United States to receive a grant from Aroha Philanthropies, through its initiative Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums. These workshops highlight exhibitions at Albuquerque Museum through teaching related art classes. Workshops will be 8 two-hour sessions. Attendees must be 55 years or older. 

Creative Age: Memoir Writing
Wednesdays, August 7–September 25
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Workshop fee: $80

Sign up for an 8-session workshop in memoir writing inspired by the exhibition A Past Rediscovered: Highlights from the Palace of the Governors.

This workshop will utilize photos, objects, ephemera, documents and other works from the Palace of the Governors as inspiration for writing. Participants will learn how to put their stories and memories to paper using visual and other stimuli as well revise their writing with feedback from instructor and peers. The workshop will be taught with mapping, writing prompts and exercises, readings, visits to the exhibit, large group discussion, small group and pair work, constructive feedback workshops, and discussion.

Participants will:

  • generate writing about their own lives and learn how to write more effectively.
  • receive inspiration from looking and writing about exhibit works and works of art.
  • share their writing with instructor and peers and learn the value of considering audience.
  • give and receive constructive feedback as an effective process for writing well.
  • become better writers and feel a sense of accomplishment in writing memoir.

The culminating event will be memoir reading in which each participant shares part of his/her memoir-in-progress. Each writer will decide what s/he wants to read for the event as well as the order of readers. Participants will decide whether they'd like to show images from the exhibit before, during and/or after the reading, especially those that were particularly important in inspiring writing.


Valerie MartinezValerie Martinez, history and literary arts director at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, is an award-winning poet whose work was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Ron Ridenhour Prize (among other awards); her work has been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies.


Upcoming Workshops

Puppet Making
January workshops
Inspired by exhibition The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
Taught by puppet makers Devon Ludlow and Michael McCormick

Dance and Movement
February/March workshops
Inspired by exhibition Dreams Unreal: The Genesis of the Psychedelic Rock Poster
Taught by Adrian Moore Trask, Keshet Center for the Arts

Details subject to change.


About Vitality Arts

Vitality: (a) the power to live or grow; (b) the capacity to continue a meaningful or purposeful existence; (c) the state of being strong and active; energy

Arts education programs – those that inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging – are a subset of the broad field of creative aging. They are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings. Aroha Philanthropies champions arts programs that keep us vital, joyful and engaged by unleashing the transformative power of creativity in those 55+.

About Aroha Philanthropies

Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness. We believe that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime. More information is available at