Artists of America, New Mexico
What we are doing in New Mexico to help kids
AOA New Mexico Art Classes:
children like these:
How to paint Holiday Store front Windows.
children like these learn how to draw & paint
and earn money (they can start their own business even!) in our Windows on the World Art Classes.)
In New Mexico, this art program is focussing on teens in trouble with the law for grafitti tagging and drug abuse. We are targeting these teens because without interention in a positive manner they will not learn how to articiate in society in a lawful manner. We can make a difference and change their lives. Please help us $100 will give a teen a semester of our Window Painting Program (it includes Team building excersises and building relationhips with local business owners!)
"Christmas in Lights”
Saturday, Dec 5 is the annual Christmas in Lights parade in Clovis,New Mexico. And, thanks to the sponsorship of Woodmen of the World, Artists of America is sharing a float and with other organizations that serve at-risk youth.
We borrowed a 55 ft flat bed from a farmer, a generator from a dairy and gathered lights and decorations that were contributed by the community. Tish Stewart was the "Art Director" and organized about 15 volunteers who met at our office in Matt 25 (the FaithCenter) to decorate all day Friday, the day before the parade.
The theme is "Christmas Around the World." We have four beautifully decorated trees, representingMexico,Africa,Chinaand of course, the United States. All are fabulous, but I think my favorite is Chinabecause it is so stunning; a white tree decorated with red lanterns.
Our office building is having an open house from2:00to4:00 pm on Saturday, before the parade.
That is when I will present the certificate of appreciation to Steve, the Executive Director of Matt 25.
The parade begins at 5:00, so we will have a car-o-van to the parade staging area.
The parade is called "Christmas in Lights" because it's held at night. The street lights are all turned off, so everything has to be lit. A couple of kids will carry our banner while another shines a bright light on it.
Some 30 kids wearing Santa Hats (that the Stocking Factory www.stockingfactory.com donated)will be behind the float. They will be lit up by battery operated strands of lights and carry hand clappers.
These hand clappers are really neat. The hands are on a stick and when one waves them, they make a clapping sound. They are battery operated, so when they clap, they light up.
Photos to follow! Stay tuned in to see the fun.
Mary Kathryn Barris, New Mexico State Director, Artists of America