Washington M.S. Mural Project

The running track at downtown’s Washington Middle School is home to Albuquerque’s largest outdoor mural. Now in a state of disrepair, it offers a rare opportunity to engage the students and community to create a totally new mural. One that represents and inspires the vibrant culture and creativity of our urban youths. In collaboration with lead artist Nani Chacon, WMS students, and videographer Dominic Pettine, Working Classroom is facilitating the development of the new mural and a video documentary of the project.

A large part of the project funding has been generously provided by the Bernalillo County Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program, sponsored by the Huning Castle Neighborhood Association. But we have a bit more to raise.

To make a donation to The Washington Middle School Mural Project here:

Piñata Pandemonium

On Friday, February 6th, Working Classroom will celebrate a new exhibition featuring contemporary piñatas created by our talented young artists.

The piñata tradition has a historical presence that spans across many counties, from China to Europe to the Americas. Introductory level art students in our Political Piñatas workshop created iconographic, papier-mâché, sculptures, which comment on issues of social inequality, gun violence and wildlife protection. Advanced art students reinterpreted the basic materials of a piñata, cardboard, colorful tissue and papier-mâché to create contemporary sculptures in the context of pre-colonial, Mexica, piñata history.

HIGHLIGHTS--Twelve-year old, advanced art student, Isabela Ortega created a half-flesh and half-skeletal heart sculpture depicting the significance of sacrifice in Aztec culture. Seventeen-year old introductory level artist, Tarynn Weeks uses her piñata to advocate for equal marriage rights for LGBTQ community by creating two personified male symbols, happily holding hands, and boasting wedding rings.

Opening reception: Friday, February 6th, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, at the Sundowner Building

6101 Central Ave. NE, ABQ, NM 87108. * FREE Admission and refreshments (donations always accepted). Thank you, exhibition sponsor: New Life Homes

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


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