Let’s Paint Uptown! Cloud Face Mural on Home @ Uptown | 6/3/2017

We Are This City, [email protected] Apartments and Cloud Face are collaborating to do a community art project and mural. This is an unprecedented opportunity for community members to have a stake in a permanent mural in Uptown by participating in the creation. Kids of all ages are invited to come throw balloons of paint and spray fire extinguishers filled with paint at a 60×20 foot wall which will be a backdrop for a mural that local artist Cloud Face will paint after the community has their fun.

The community project is open to anyone who would like to participate in the creation. This project allows our community to not only develop a sense of pride in place but also gives people the opportunity to engage with others in our community in a fun and productive way.

The community is encouraged to put on their painting clothes on and come down for this unique event. Not only will people have a chance to get messy with paint but We Are This City will be facilitating fun/participative activities throughout the day with community members, encouraging people to engage with each other.

The community project and mural will be facilitated by We Are This City, the leading community arts organization in Albuquerque. We Are This City partners with over 150 local artists to bring fun and engaging projects to our local environment as well as works with businesses to creatively make art and show art at a local level. This project draws on the importance of bringing people together to participate and engage in the creation of large scale art projects. This allows for the people of our community to have a sense of pride and ownership in the art that is being created here in our beautiful city.

“We Are This City is excited to collaborate with [email protected] Apartments and Cloud Face on a project that brings our local community together and gives everyone a chance to have fun and do something highly impactful and creative,” said Max Baptiste, Executive Director of We Are This City. “Working with local businesses and artists to do high impact projects like Let’s Paint Uptown reinforces using art as a way to engage our community to share in our cultural heritage on a local level.”

“We are thrilled to be working with We Are This City and Cloud Face to do such a creative and community oriented project such as Let’s Paint Uptown,” said Monick Halm, owner of [email protected] Apartments. “It is important that we continue to engage the community in new ways while promoting our local artists and our community.”

“Working with We Are This City is always fun for me, it allows me to take part in projects that I don’t always get a chance to do and it gives me the opportunity to be a part of my community in a much more intimate way,” explains the artist Cloud Face. “If you have never done a We Are This City project, I highly recommend you come out for this event, they are truly unique experiences.”

Project Date: June 3rd from 3pm-5:30pm

Project Location: [email protected], 5801 Haines Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

ABQ Up With Paint! | 3/11/2017 (Private Project)

We Are This City has teamed up with Free Range and Up With People to bring together 100 people from 20 countries to spray the Free Range wall and ten 4’x8’ panels with fire extinguishers filled with paint. We Are This City will cut up the panels into seventy five 2’x2’ squares and distribute them to local artists as canvases.

Unstructured Merriment • Richard Levy Gallery’s 25th Anniversary Celebration & Raffle

Unstructured Merriment • 25th Anniversary Exhibition and Fundraiser
September 30–November 23
Gallery Celebration: Saturday, October 15, 6–9 pm

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Unstructured Merriment, a group show that highlights the gallery’s distinctive history. In the1970s Richard Levy moved to Albuquerque and studied the history of photography with Beaumont Newhall at the University of New Mexico. An avid collector and purveyor, Levy had an antique store in Nob Hill that sold old photographs, vintage postcards, and silkscreen posters, among other things. In 1991 he opened the gallery at 514 Central Avenue SW and co-founded 21 Steps Editions, which produced waterless lithographs by leading contemporary artists. Showing work by local, national, and international artists, Richard Levy has created one of the top contemporary galleries in New Mexico.

With a wide variety of mediums, Unstructured Merriment includes works by Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Jeff Kellar, Sol LeWitt and Sachiko Cho, and Albuquerque artists Thomas Barrow, Beau Carey, Jenna Kuiper, Leigh Anne Langwell, Earl McBride, Emi Ozawa, Mary Tsiongas, and Tom Waldron. Ephemera that Levy has collected throughout the years will be on display, as well as his handmade hooked rug of the Albuquerque Isotopes baseball stadium.

As a silver anniversary gift to our friends and community, we are hosting a 25th anniversary celebration and fundraiser to benefit We Are This City (WATC), an organization that supports local artists and Albuquerque community art projects. Funds are being raised by raffle ticket sales. Raffle items include selected 21 Steps editions, works by gallery artists, WATC publications, and more. Preview artworks and preorder raffle tickets on the WATC website (http://wearethiscity.com/product/rlg/). The anniversary party features a pop-up event with an interactive projection installation, music by DJ Dave12, and an opportunity to participate in a WATC-sponsored community art project. Further information about this organization can be found on their website at wearethiscity.com.

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!


ABQ Baloon Blast #2

Want to get rid of some stress, have some good ol’ fashion FUN and support a local tech/art initiative?
Now is your chance with ABQ Balloon Blast #2 on Friday Sept. 25th!

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ABQ Balloon Blast

Want to get rid of some stress,  have some good ol’ fashion FUN and support a local tech/art initiative?
Now is your chance with ABQ Balloon Blast on Friday Sept. 18th and Sunday Sept. 20th!

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The We Are This City Manifesto

The We Are This City’s Manifesto, written by Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy, captures something right out of the heart of Albuquerque. It re-interprets, resuscitates and re-creates our city in its lines, over and over again, and asks nothing more than your ear and imagination.

We hope it recalls as much beauty for you as it does us. Memories of a sunset so beautiful it seemed to paint itself on the edge of the earth, or how if the sun had a vacation home it would most definitely be right here in Albuquerque. The Manifesto guides us as we seek to collectively transform our city, beautify it’s streets, and reimagine Albuquerque one empty building at a time.

We Are This City celebrates the beauty, creativity, and the full heart our city carries in its chest. But enough waxing poetic… here’s the manifesto itself.