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City Seeks Creatives for Albuquerque Coloring and Activity Book

Book for children will tell the stories of Albuquerque from various voices.

September 8, 2022 - The City of Albuquerque's Department of Arts & Culture is creating an activity book to tell Albuquerque’s told and untold stories of places, people, and events past and present from varied voices and viewpoints. Creatives are invited to submit black-and-white line drawings, art and educational activities, graphic stories, and short written work for the forthcoming activity book.

The primary audience is children ages 4-10. Successful submissions will be inclusive to people of all backgrounds and appeal to the diverse voices and populations of our city. Work should be suited for people of all ages, but especially children, and must be free from obscenities and other adult content.

Written work should be no more than 500 words, and could be in the form of fiction, poetry, memoir, graphic stories, or nonfiction prose. Drawings should be black-and-white line drawings that can be filled in with color. Activities are encouraged; think of ways a student might interact with the activity book and feel free to incorporate games, puzzles, riddles, drawing activities, or other creative instructions.

Stories and drawings could portray historical events or people, cultural tradition, arts, food, weather, architecture, government, or social fabric of Albuquerque. For instance, draw the KiMo Theater façade and ask participants to complete the marquee; tell the story of the Isleta Pueblo chief who named the KiMo; or a personal recollection of a past event there. Be creative in your storytelling, whatever format you choose, and feel free to look beyond the traditional landmarks and happenings toward the lesser-knowns of our city.

All contributors selected will receive a stipend in payment for their work and a copy of the book. Deadline for submissions is October 14, 2022. Submit content at Email [email protected] with questions.