Art Matters

Art Matters is an outreach program dedicated to designing creative experiences for youth ages 13 and up. This page includes six, 20–30 minute videos inviting you to experiment with a variety of media. Make art on your own or with others—wherever you are, whenever you want!

Get Inspired. Get Creative

Collage Landscape

How was the work inspired by the materials as you changed their textures and sizes? How did the work change as you added elements/shared with others?

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Colorful Abstraction

How do the circles make you feel? Use this activity anytime you want to doodle, zone out, refocus. It can be very calming and fun.

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Graffiti Names

How does this lesson help you to rethink or re-imagine letters? What other words come to mind besides your name that you may try to draw next?

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How does the process of printmaking create a different effect than drawing?

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Watercolor Experiments

How does water or lack of water affect the mark watercolor makes? How do sharpie, watercolor, and color pencil work together or not together??

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How did your plan change or evolve as you created each page? How does it feel to share work in a zine format??

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Art Matters Teaching Artists

Ade Cruz (they/them) is a queer, non binary Chicanx visual artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. They primarily work with painting, digital illustration and murals. Their work delves into a range of themes that are informed by their personal life experiences, their communities, relationship to animals and the natural world. Their works aims to depict the beauty and complexities of their culture, sexuality, gender, spirituality, nature and the psyche. As a painter,muralist, art educator and youth worker, they believe art can be used to connect, educate, activate, disrupt, heal pasts, and envision futures together. 

Haley Greenfeather English is a Red Lake and Turtle Mountain Ojibwe artist, educator and creative community builder. Haley was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a dedicated dog mother, proud art auntie, Mariah Carey fan, and breakfast burrito enthusiast.

Landis Pulido is an artist, educator, and healing justice practitioner who believes in co-creating a learning environment which strives to meet each community member where they are. Through the lens of Popular Education, she works towards co-creating an inclusive and safe environment. She believes in bringing in the breath, movement and healing into the arts, and creative space to invite wholeness and imagination. 

Michelle (SHELLY) Korte loves making art! Painting, drawing, sculpting, collage, writing, printmaking...all of it! She’s been teaching and showing her work in places around the world for over 20 years. She moved to Tijeras, NM in 2014 and has been growing symbolic roots and branches at her home and in the community ever since. 

vashti b moss is an artist, maker, educator, dreamer, and builder of innovative art spaces. Originally from northern New Mexico, she has lived and worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque. In her work as an artist and educator, she explores how imagination tools and creative community building can be used to build interpersonal connections. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in social justice education and a deep belief that creative process is a powerful tool for expression, growth, understanding, and healing.



The Art Matters youth arts project is a group of teaching artists who bring authentic, engaging arts experiences to Albuquerque youth. Our content is designed to engage participants in art making, with a focus on social justice, whole-person health, community, joy, and creative engagement at the core of our process.