Courtesy of 516ARTS

Courtesy of 516ARTS

What a fantastic opening weekend for STREET ARTS: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture and Free Expression here in ABQ. The opening party and exhibit of hip hop and graffiti artists on October 2 at 516 ARTS on Central Ave was packed. Art From the Coasts, curated by Andrew Connors, Curator of Art at The Albuquerque Museum and The Populist Phenomenon, curated by Francesca Searer of 516 ARTS are visually stunning and pack a punch. Click here and here for pics – thanks to 516 ARTS and Morris Park Crew!

The crowd at the opening was diverse in a major way, with the hip hop community turning out

Thomas Christopher Haag Courtesy of 516ARTS

Thomas Christopher Haag
Courtesy of 516ARTS

in force. A sophisticated and discerning audience, for sure, many of whom turned out to support New Mexican artists Ernest Doty, Jaque Fragua, Stevan Gutierrez (need a link for you…), Thomas Christopher Haag and Albert Rosales.

What’s amazing about STREET ARTS in the collaboration between so many people here in ABQ to make it happen over the next two months (516 ARTS and the ACLU-NM are the core partners, but 25 other organizations are also involved). It’s pretty rare for any arts community to work closely together to create a series of events that we’re all able to enjoy, as STREET ARTS includes spoken word, music, visual art, murals, dance, film, tours, and conversations with artists. KUDOS to all the individuals, volunteers and organizations involved in STREET ARTS!

ArtSpark’s very excited that STREET ARTS is the first ArtSpark project that we’ll be featuring this fall. So get ready for updates, ways to get involved with events, maybe an artist interview or two, and some cool ways to help fund STREET ARTS and its artists.

Until we launch fan fundraising options (discounted annual membership to 516 ARTS and a 2011 STREET ARTS calendar anyone?!) please donate a little or a lot to STREET ARTS via 516 ARTS right here or send a check the snail-mail way to: 516 ARTS 516 Central SW ABQ, NM 87102.

You can also sign up to have ArtSpark blogs emailed to you (in the right-hand column on this blog site) and follow those of us who are tweeting about STREET ARTS on Twitter using the hashtag #STREETARTS. Join in!