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About Us



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.


​Administrative Coordinator: Lilia Mendoza-Garza

International District Youth Teams Coordinators: Jennifer Lucero, Helen Atkins,  Laurie Ihm and Monique Montoya

Barelas Youth Team Project Coordinator:  Maria Bustamante

ID Pop Up Park Project Coordinator: Donna Orozco-Geist

ID Pop Up Park Lead Artists:  Billy Joe Miller, Maggie Ramos-Mullane and Mitch Berg

Barelas Program Coordinators: Monica Sanchez

Founding Director: Valerie Martinez

Artful Life is a New Mexico-based arts and community organization dedicated to transforming neighbor-hoods through the beauty and power of collaborative art. 


We are 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. 



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