HAH @ Home Registration
Both Happy Arte Hour and Vamos al Museo for April have been postponed. Don't worry! Kenny is ready to go and we are working to find a new date to reschedule. We wish all of our families and friends well and promise great things to come when we are able. - Elena

Starting 4/2/2020 Please use this form to register (scroll down to complete form) to participate in Artist Trading Cards. ONLY FILL OUT THE FIRST SECTION! DO NOT REGISTER FOR KENNY'S WORKSHOP AT THIS TIME.

National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street SW • Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 246-2261

Questions? Elena Baca at 505-383-4734 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us
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Happy Arte Hour at home - Registration Open- Complete by June 15
Hello everyone! Elena here, tonight (4/2) would have been Happy Arte Hour and i just want to say hello to all of the art making community who supports this program.  I know many of your were very excited to celebrate our 20th Anniversary themed art making tonight with the return of artist Kenny Chavez. Both Kenny and I are sad not to be with you, but we hope your are staying in and are safe and healthy!

I also wanted to keep the creative momentum going so I am organizing an at home Happy Arte Hour, artist trading card project, inspired by artist Lita Sandoval. This will differ slightly from other ATC projects so please read carefully.

If you are not familiar with Artist Trading Cards or how this all works, here’s some information:
Artist trading cards were introduced in 1997 in an exhibit by Swiss artist, M. Vanci Stirnemann. He created 1,200 small works of art on 3.5” x 2.5” cards. At the end of the exhibit, he encouraged others to make their own cards and swap with his. They did, and artists have been trading cards ever since.

Artist trading cards (or ATCs for short) are small, baseball-card sized works of art that can be traded with other artists. It is a cool way to get creative, connect with other artists, and collect great art. They are meant to be traded, not sold!
Here’s how it will work:

Please, sign up as an individual do not sign up as a group. Sign up by Monday, April 13th.

I will create random groups of 10 (the possible number of people who would be sitting at your table, at any given HAH) I will label each group and email you with your group number.

You will create 10 original works of art. 1 for yourself and you will trade with 9 other people in your group. We will do this at a later date. Please complete your set by June 15th. I hope to have a trading night reception to exchange cards and meet new friends. If you are not living in the ABQ area let me know we might have to make some accommodations.

If you are familiar with ATC’s, and have participated in other projects, this will differ. I will not be able to mail paper to you to complete your project. You can use any kind of paper that you like (watercolor, cereal boxes, playing cards etc.) Just make sure the cards are 3.5” x 2.5”.They can be landscape or portrait format.

Experiment and see what works best for you. The cards can be mixed media, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, pen and ink, collage, rubber stamped, embroidered, whatever you want! Please don’t use digital copies of your work as the card. We want original works of art! Many artists use this as an opportunity to try a different medium or style. It’s up to you.

THEME! Here are some ideas to get you started. Interpret these ideas anyway you want:
What are your thoughts, dreams, hopes, wishes during this pandemic? What are your thoughts and ideas of protection or of being protected? Thoughts on Isolation versus Solitude.

!! Please post your progress or cards as you finish them tag us @nhccnm on fb, instagram and/or twitter and use these hashtags #newmexicoculture #nhccnm #artisttradingcards #20in2020 Thank you!!!

Questions: email ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us (no phone calls at this time please)  
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Key hole series of trading cards by artist Lita Sandoval
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