TEDxABQ Stage Design – We Paint ABQ! | 9/17/16


We Are This City is honored to be chosen as the resident artist this year for TEDxABQ. As resident artist, we have the opportunity to do the stage design for TedxABQ, and we are super excited!

On September 17th, We Are This City will kick off the day with a live, collaborative art project from 10am-12:30pm on Civic Plaza. We are inviting the community to come spray paint stencils on ten 4’x4′ panels!


At 12:30 we will move these panels to the main TedxABQ stage where ten local artists will complete the panels made by our community, adding paint, charcoal, pastel, and whatever materials they see fit to, develop the collection entitled We Paint. While the visual artists are at work, Hakim Bellamy will kick off the Main Event off by performing The Albuquerque Manifesto. Diana Delgado will simultaneously performs an aerialist show!

After these phenomenal artists share their talents with us, Max Baptiste will take the stage to speak about community development and how the arts create tangible economic and social impact in our community. The art will keep rolling throughout Max’s talk, as Nate Gutierrez will be projection mapping the ABQ Balloon Blast pieces on stage, making them come to life with four 7000 lumen projectors!

You don’t want to miss this!

Get your tickets now at: TEDxABQ.com

A BIG special thank you to our stage sponsor US Eagle for making this all possible.

ABQ Footprints! 09/10/2016


On September 10th from 3-6pm We Are This City is at it again.

Come down to 4th and Central and join us in painting 10 panels with shoe prints.

Microwave Skate shop has donated the shoes so that we can run around and have fun in paint leaving our footprints!

DJ and producer GALAXY is going to be bringing the the good vibes with her tunes, it’s gonna rock!

This project is a part of the All Kinds Festival, there will be a ton of other stuff going on as well, large scale art installations, popup art shows, music and more!

See you on the 10th!


We Are This City Brings Local Techies, Artists and The City of Albuquerque Together to Launch a Large-Scale Urban Tech-Art Initiative

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You know that building where nothing ever seems to be happening? The empty shell that looms over your Downtown Albuquerque lunch, commute, or night out? We Are This City knows it, too, and has decided to do something awesome about it.

Starting tomorrow September 1st, anyone can come and bear witness to the next level of cool in the making as We Are This City partners with local artists to renew currently abandoned spaces in Downtown Albuquerque with cutting edge arts and technology. We Are This City is a tech-art initiative aimed at leveraging Albuquerque’s thriving local arts scene to beautify dormant spaces, bringing people from all walks of life in Albuquerque together to show the world a side of the Duke City it’s never seen.

Just what are we making? “To put it plainly, we’re looking to Make Awesome” said We Are This City founder, Max Baptiste. “We Are This City’s September initiative is going to bring large-scale art, 3D art installations, game competitions, movies, augmented reality, and projection mapping together in the middle of Downtown Albuquerque, starting with the Rosenwald Building at Old Route 66 and New Route 66.” The Initiative will feature 10,000 square feet or more of art installations from local artists, with support from local schools and other art programs.

Who’s on board? On the arts side, We Are This City is pulling in contributions from Sam Flores, James Black, El Moises, Warren Montoya, CloudFace, Reuben Cantu, Faustino Villa, and many more. The manifesto for the Initiative – available at our website – was written by Albuquerque’s own Hakim Bellamy, and there’s a whole host of other Albuquerque creative luminaries that have our back.

We couldn’t do this alone, of course. We Are This City is seeing generous support from the office of Mayor Richard Berry, as well as the Office of Economic Development, the Cultural Services Department, the Public Art Program, and the Albuquerque and New Mexico Film Offices.

Other partners include Southwest Capital Bank, the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation, 111 Media Collective, Warehouse 508, Amy Biehl High School, 505 FACES, The Invention Lab, 24 Hours of Art, and CiQlovia.

It all kicks off on September 1st, when We Are This City launches its Albuquerque Initiative with the Rosenwald Building. Come watch art in action as the area’s best creatives renew and revitalize forgotten bits of town. Come, be a part, and make this city your own because We Are This City.


Vitalizing our city through color and creativity! The mission of We Are This City is to bring economic growth to local communities by creating well paying jobs for artists and software developers so that we can together make our city more beautiful while attracting local and national attention.

On the web: WeAreThisCity.com, FaceBook.com/WeAreThisCity, Twitter.com/WeAreThisCity, Instagram.com/WeAreThisCity

Hashtags: #WeAreThisCity #YouAreThisCity #ABQmanifesto #iamburque #WeABQ #iamABQ #RUABQ #ABQofficial

Resources: Large-Scale Urban Art, Projection Mapping, Augmented Reality


Max Baptiste, Founder



105 4th Street SW, Suite 5

Albuquerque, NM 87102