Artful Life projects work to transform communities through the beauty and power of collaborative art. Currently we are working in three neighborhoods in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico: International District, Barelas and the South Valley. We also direct and/or collaborate on a range of smaller creative projects.
During our large-scale arts and community engagement projects, artists and residents of underserved communities work together over months and years to co-envision, co-design and co-create significant works of art. In doing so, they get to know each other in new ways, discover the power of working in teams, and create significant works of art that express who they are, where they live, and what they dream.
Depending on the will of the community, the art can be visual, written, photographic, performance, film (etc.) and often includes the transformation of neighborhood places. The projects build relationships and capacity and generate a range of community-led initiatives based on months and years of creative collaboration.
Community members transformed a trashed lot into a parklet based on sacred geometry design.
Artful Life worked with UNM DACA students, encouraging them to tell their stories through art.
Project to transform empty lots into sites for urban forestry, community gathering spaces, and art.