Youth and Family Programs

Family Art Workshops

Museum visitors of all ages are invited to join us on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Museum School to create a unique work of art based on the Museum's exhibitions. All supplies are provided. Family Art Workshops are free with Museum admission and free to Museum members.

Family Days

The Museum hosts exhibition-based Family Days several times a year. These Days usually include an art activity and an interactive activity in the exhibition gallery. Please view our Calendar for more information on the Museum's next Family Day.

Lead With the Arts

Lead with the Arts is a free after school program offered by the Albuquerque Museum for students ages 15-17. The program provides a dynamic learning environment where teens work collaboratively with their peers and local artists to create a group work for display in the Museum. They also spend time exploring art together in the Museum and art spaces around Albuquerque and they see behind the scenes to understand how museums work. This year the Museum partnered with Larry Bob Phillips to create two and three dimensional art directly on the Museum’s walls. This program is supported in part by funding from PNM and by the Foundation's annual Shaken, Not Stirred martini-themed fundraiser.

Check out this great 2014 Lead with the Arts video produced by Brian Bolman. Brian has been on the volunteer committee for Shaken Not Stirred for four years, benefitting the Lead with Arts Program at the Museum.


This time, students will work with Cynthia Cook, a native Burqueña and internationally recognized artist. Cynthia is known for her transformative skills with “trash” materials, handmade and natural, used in the creation of hauntingly beautiful mixed media assemblages. Cynthia’s unique perspective will engage students’ individuality and creativity while recognizing the power of art. During the program, the students, along with Cynthia, will envision, plan, design, create, and install a completely original exhibit to be showcased in the museum. Lead with the Arts starts Oct. 16, 2014 and will run through May 1, 2015, held every Thursday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Museum. Applications are due Monday, October 6, 2014.

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Becker, 505.243.7255

Focus on Youth

An annual invitational juried exhibition of photography by area high school students which is organized by the Albuquerque Public Schools. A special awards ceremony is held at the Museum to open the exhibit.