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NEA-funded Summer Art Program for Albuquerque Children Going on Now

Mayor to Participate Today at Albuquerque Museum

June 19, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, NM- The final two days of a summer program for middle-school-aged students are taking place today and tomorrow at the Albuquerque Museum. The program, called Arte Encantado, is in its second year and emphasizes the interplay of art, music, science and ecology. Arte Encantado is sponsored by the City of Albuquerque and funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

On Thursday, June 19, thirty-two children will spend a day at the museum learning about theater and performance art from local artist Patricio Trujillo. Their activities for the day will culminate in an afternoon "flash mob" performance in the museum and at locations in Historic Old Town.

Mayor Richard J. Berry will be at the museum today at 11 a.m. to help the students create their costumes for the performances later in the afternoon. Media interested in this event may arrive at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain Rd NW) at 11 a.m. and may ask for the Arte Encantado program coordinator, Randy Truelove Chalakee.

Arte Encantado is also funded by the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, the New Mexico BioPark Society and Explora Science Center and Children's Museum. The two-week-long program took place at three locations: ABQ BioPark, Explora and the Albuquerque Museum. A total of 63 students in two weeks participated in many art and science activities, including designing solar-powered robots at Explora and creating digital musical compositions from the sounds they heard while hiking along the Rio Grande. On this Friday at the museum, the students will work with poet Danny Solis to compose their own poetry inspired by a work of art in the museum.