FEAST DAYS

Pasatiempo - - ACTS RAN­DOM -

Cur­rently, ARTs­mart op­er­ates out of the ARTbarn be­hind the Pink Church on Pacheco Street, but it is look­ing for new ac­com­mo­da­tions that will al­low for more pro­gram­ming and a play area for the younger stu­dents. One pos­si­bil­ity is join­ing forces with Meow Wolf in the col­lec­tive’s new space in the old bowl­ing al­ley on Ru­fina Cir­cle, set to open in fall 2015. “They re­ally want qual­ity art pro­gram­ming of­fered there,” said Amanda Neiter, pro­gram di­rec­tor and an in­struc­tor at ARTs­mart. “That’s where we come in.”

“There’s ben­e­fit to part­ner­ing with or­ga­ni­za­tions that have re­ally de­vel­oped the tech­nol­ogy side of art-mak­ing,” said Ran­dolph. “Meow Wolf is part of that mak­ers’ com­mu­nity. They un­der­stand robotics and com­pli­cated soft­ware, and that’s some­thing we want to of­fer to the chil­dren we serve.”

In gen­eral, it feels as if lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions are be­gin­ning to col­lab­o­rate more than they used to, Neiter said, not­ing that ARTs­mart has joined forces with Wise Fool New Mex­ico, SITE Santa Fe, and Ware­house 21, among other groups. Such part­ner­ships are looked upon fa­vor­ably by grant­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions and lo­cal gov­ern­ment. “They love to see us all work­ing to­gether and com­bin­ing re­sources.”

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