The Arts Thrive at the Albuquerque Museum


This year’s ArtsThrive exhibit and benefit, hosted by the Museum of Albuquerque Foundation, will feature 389 individual works of art, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photographs and more. The event, which kicks off October 7, will help support the Albuquerque Museum and local artists.

By exhibiting their work to new audiences and potential collectors, the event raises awareness among lesser-known artists. This year, the foundation hopes to generate $ 270,000 gross, which is nearly one-fifth of the organization’s budgeted revenue for fiscal year 22. After accounting for all expenses and payments to artists, the foundation hopes to earn around $ 120. $ 000 to support the staff, programs and exhibits of the Albuquerque Museum.

The magic bus

The Albuquerque Museum uses the ArtsThrive exhibit and events to raise funds for a variety of programs and exhibits. Proceeds from the Collector’s Dinner exhibition and event will support the Magic Bus educational program, which supports the cost of more than 10,000 students in our community to log into art and art exhibitions each year. history at the Albuquerque Museum. The program offers many disadvantaged children the opportunity to visit a museum. By providing free buses and on-the-go art activities and supporting the creation of docent-led video tours, the foundation is supporting an unprecedented educational resource for the community.

TThe importance of artistic programs

Andrew Rodgers, Executive Director and CEO of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, said: “The arts are not only fulfilling and nourishing for the soul, but also a powerful tool for social change. Studies have shown, for example, that low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts have five times lower high school dropout rates than their peers, score 100 more points on the SAT, and are twice as likely to obtain their university degree. And arts-rich communities have 18 percent fewer serious crime and 14 percent fewer reports of abuse and neglect. The Magic Bus program and the Albuquerque Museum’s educational initiatives aim to level the playing field for K-12 students and provide access and opportunities that they otherwise would not have received.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the ArtsThrive Art exhibition and benefit and features an in-person exhibition of works at the Albuquerque Museum which runs from October 9 to December 5. There will also be an associated online gallery. The ArtsThrive Un-Gala takes place October 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features an online auction of over 300 original works of art.

Tickets for the Collectors Dinner (October 7, 6 to 9 p.m.) cost $ 225 and are available by contacting Elaine Richardson by email at [email protected] or by phone: 505-677-8491. Participants will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative test within the past 48 hours to participate in the event.

For more information, visit the Foundation’s website ( or go directly to the online gallery ( to view the works and register for free to bid, starting the evening of October 7.

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