Take a look at our arts-based community development model here.
Currently we are working with three Albuquerque neighborhoods--the International District (since 2011), Barelas (since 2015), and the South Valley (since 2015). Each project involves years-long collaboration and has a personality particular to its people and place.
We also direct, coordinate and/or participate in a range of other collaborations that fulfill our mission and work to innovate and evolve the field of creative collaboration.
We partner with dozens of community-based organizations and artists and are supported by a broad range of funders, supporters and volunteers who make what we do possible. We're so grateful for our wide, deep and diverse community.
Founding Director: Valerie Martinez
Administrative Coordinator: Maria Teresa Bustamante
International District Youth Teams Coordinators: Helen Atkins, Laurie Ihm and Monique Montoya
ID Pocket Park Program Outreach Coordinator: Donna Orozco-Geist
ID Pocket Park Lead Artists: Billy Joe Miller and Maggie Ramos-Mullane
Barelas Program Coordinators: Monica Sanchez and Izabelle Fernandez
South Valley Program Coordinator: Michelle Otero
Artful Life is a New Mexico-based arts and community organization dedicated to transforming neighbor-hoods through the beauty and power of collaborative art.
Founded in 2015 by Valerie Martinez (formerly with Littleglobe) Artful Life is dedicated to the Tewa belief that revitalization is an individual and collective process fueled by creative inspiration, labor, and a thoughtful approach.
Artful Life's large-scale arts projects engage community members (of all ages) and professional artists in long-term creative collaboration. The resulting works of art express a powerful sense of people and place. Projects also generate meaningful community relationships, leadership, and working teams. Artful Life then works with participants to harness the energy and capacity generated by collaboration and channel these into community-led development initiatives.