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La corriente del valle

The Rio Bravo State Park, 4022 Isleta Boulevard, Albuquerque, NM 87105

La Corriente del Valle: The Flow of the Valley, a 2,000 square-foot mural, portrays the Rio Grande, the valley’s life force, traveling through the past, present and future identities of the South Valley. Starting from the foundation of the sun, the river’s current migrates through historic images of South Valley farmers to communal celebrations and local traditions, like the annual Muertos y Marigolds parade, to classic car culture, to the burning of El Kookooee, to optimistic views of the future, solar power-sunflowers.

The mural also includes embedded technology with the use of QR codes, which viewers can scan with smart phones, to reveal a more interactive mural experience. The mural creation process incorporated the community by mentoring young South Valley artists between the ages of 12-21 and engaged with the community to generate mural themes and imagery. Lead artist Joe Stephenson is a long-time South Valley resident and the founder of Working Classroom’s youth engaged, mural program.

Lead artist: Joe Stephenson; project manager: Katia Perez; mural apprentices: Carlos Gabaldon, Angel Pavia, Izaiah Ramos, Maia Seidel-Zieher, Dianna Rodriguez, Estefania Valencia, Marquee Ramirez, Santiago Roybal and Kylee Mestas.

This project is sponsored by the 1% for the Arts, Bernalillo County.

Download flyer for event here

Fall Program

Our fall workshop schedule is now available online here. For new & returning students, check out digital storytelling, theater of the oppressed, skeletons on parade and political piñatas!
Local artists, visiting guest artists and WC staff will teach these high-quality, six-week workshops. Students will also have access to academic coaching and professional development opportunities. Workshops begin September 8 and wrap-up on December 12 with a open studio, interactive performance and our annual holiday party for friends & family. Sign up today!
Find our program and scholarship application here here and remember to forward to your friends!

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Announcing auditions for ¡Bocón!

Announcing auditions for ¡Bocón! by Lisa Loomer and directed by Rebeca Mayorga on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Share on Facebook

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Working Classroom board meeting will be held October 4th, 2014 from 9:30 to 10:30am. 423 Atlantic SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Share on Facebook

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Our Mission / Nuestra Misión

Working Classroom is a multi-ethnic, inter-generational community of student & professional artists, writers, actors and directors with a conscious commitment to supporting new and diverse voices and visions in the arts. The underrepresentation and caricature of historically ignored communities hampers our understanding of who we are as a nation, how we interpret our past and contemplate our future. We contribute to a more nuanced understanding of American identity by training aspiring artists and actors from historically ignored communities and creating art and theater by, for and about these communities. Learn more about us