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Upcoming events

    • 2019-03-01
    • 5:00 PM
    • 2019-04-02
    • 8:30 PM
    • Conference Room and Project Room

    MARCH ART RAMBLE

    FIRST FRIDAY ART SHOW FEATURING:

    KAREN CONLEY

    &

    THAD MCRAE

    Join us at Cruces Creatives Friday March 1st for the opening show of Karen Conley and Thad McRae.

    Karen Conley is a recent BFA graduate from the Department of Art at NMSU and works in painting and photography.  Thad McRae is currently enrolled in the NMSU art program and works in both ceramic sculpture and painting.

    About Karen Conley

    Portraits and Vernacular photography form the basis of most of my work. These photographs, common in many cultures are a window into memory, identity and family dynamics. Because they are often disconnected from experienced memory, they are rich in creative possibility having the potential to create a speculative history or new memory. At first glance, they represent the normative idea of a traditional family photo, capturing moments in our collective culture. When I look at them, I do not trust the surface meaning. I know the camera has exposed another possibility and I want to create a story that is at odds with the apparent subject matter.

    About Thad McRae

    Thad McRae’s practice is not-unlike collage, combining contemporary imagery, both figurative and abstract, with personal totems and iconography. His works function as self-reflection and analysis by engaging with the playful and unexpected. Rarely is he attempting to make the materials what they are not. Instead, the objects created from these materials are read as specifically new in their existence. The ceramics revel in lush textures and vivid colors, utilizing the clay’s plasticity to delineate and restrict, while the two-dimensional renderings seek to emulate stacking and compression through layering. These collage compositions seek to extract a sour-candied joy in their dialogue with the viewer. Thad McRae isn’t here to crack skulls, he’s here to hug it out, bro. 

    • 2019-03-13
    • 2019-03-31
    • 11:55 PM
    Register

    This spring, you can support Cruces Creatives while getting a great t-shirt screenprinted by local artist Chris Shelton of Reviver Printing.


    The fronts of the t-shirts feature the Cruces Creatives logo below, which was designed and donated by Tina Ballew and NMCO Media: 


    The t-shirts are a soft 50-50 cotton-polyester blend, available in sizes XS-4XL (unisex) and the colors blue, white, black, and gray (see below). 


    The price is $20 per shirt, and all proceeds support your makerspace.

    To ensure that your shirt can be printed on time, please place your order by Sunday, March 31. You can pick up your shirt(s) at Cruces Creatives during business hours starting on April 30, or you can have your shirts mailed to you for $5 in shipping costs.

    • 2019-03-20
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC)


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop as it is before the new HVAC system. After completing this course you will be able to use the small table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the battery powered hand drills and circular saw, the jigsaw, powered sander, and scroll saw.

    Payment is due at registration (online registration requires payment within 15 minutes in order to reserve space in the class). Cancellations are only available until 48 hours before class. Refunds are only available if class is properly cancelled. 

    Instructor: David Clark

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2019-03-21
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 9am and 12pm on Thursdays or 9am and 1pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2019-03-22
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Register

    Calling all Fiber-artists

    Bring your current work-in-progress or unfinished object and join us in the Textile Lab every Friday for an open work session. The lab tools and equipment will be available or participants can bring their own. Socialize with like-minded members and advance your own work. All fiberarts welcome from applique to weaving and beyond.

    • 2019-03-22
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Multipurpose Room
    Register


    Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico

    Thanks to the generosity of Beverly Denney, who made a donation in memory of her late partner Ron Tipton, Cruces Creatives now has a $25,000 endowment through the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico! This endowment will be an important source of operating funds and a foundation for future growth—it’s a huge boost to our community makerspace.

    To celebrate the new opportunities offered by the endowment and thank Beverly for her tremendous generosity, all makerspace members are invited to a brunch with Beverly in the Cruces Creatives multipurpose room from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

    To make sure there's enough food and coffee for everyone, please RSVP if you plan to attend.

    • 2019-03-22
    • 3:00 PM
    • 2019-03-23
    • 10:00 PM
    • Las Cruces Game Convention

    Like games? Like cosplay? Like having a good time?

    Come visit us at the Las Cruces Game Convention


    We'll have a Cosplay 911 costume repair booth up and will be talking about cool gamer stuff you can do at Cruces Creatives! 


    Tickets for the Game Convention 

    (tickets are sold seperately through LCGC)


    Located at the Las Cruces Convention Center

    680 E University Ave

    Las Cruces, NM 88001


    • 2019-03-23
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 9am and 1pm on Saturdays or 9am and 12pm on Thursdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2019-03-23
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register


    The Charitable Crafting Project makes textiles for good causes: children's clothing to replenish the supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission; blankets, clothing, and holiday bags for Casa de Peregrinos; and other charitable projects proposed by participants.

    In a collaborative effort, participants work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels, and we'll make as many garments as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use yarn, fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills. 


    • 2019-03-23
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2019-03-23
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Monitor Training - Desk System

    For volunteer monitors, this training goes into the depths of our desk system.

    • Checking-in and accessibility
    • Entering contacts
    • Updating contact information
    • Entering a new membership
    • Renewing membership
    • Registering for events
    • Checking-in event attendees
    • Taking payments
    • Taking donations
    • Gift memberships and day passes



    • 2019-03-23
    • 10:00 PM
    • 2019-03-24
    • 2:00 AM
    • 94
    Register

    Come celebrate the 7th annual Las Cruces Game Convention with snacks, games, and all the best gamers in Las Cruces! 


        


    Light snacks, water, tea and games provided.

    Byob 


    Spots are limited, reserve yours today.

    Payment is due at registration (online registration requires payment within 15 minutes in order to reserve space in the class). Cancellations are only available until 48 hours before class. Refunds are only available if class is properly cancelled. 

    • 2019-03-27
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1
    Register

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC)


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop as it is before the new HVAC system. After completing this course you will be able to use the small table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the battery powered hand drills and circular saw, the jigsaw, powered sander, and scroll saw.

    Payment is due at registration (online registration requires payment within 15 minutes in order to reserve space in the class). Cancellations are only available until 48 hours before class. Refunds are only available if class is properly cancelled. 

    Instructor: David Clark

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2019-03-28
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 9am and 12pm on Thursdays or 9am and 1pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2019-03-29
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Register


    Members - come for a free socializing event over coffee and pastries every last Friday morning of the month.


    • 2019-03-29
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Register

    Calling all Fiber-artists

    Bring your current work-in-progress or unfinished object and join us in the Textile Lab every Friday for an open work session. The lab tools and equipment will be available or participants can bring their own. Socialize with like-minded members and advance your own work. All fiberarts welcome from applique to weaving and beyond.

    • 2019-03-30
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 9am and 1pm on Saturdays or 9am and 12pm on Thursdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2019-03-30
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2019-03-30
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Multipurpose Room
    • 12
    Register


    Learn about beneficial soil microbes and make a composting system that cultivates them!

    The composting systems we’ll be building are Johnson-Su Composting Bioreactors, developed by local scientists Dr. David Johnson and Hui-Chun Su Johnson. The composting system is entirely aerobic, so it doesn’t need to be turned, and the aerobic microbes that grow in the compost are the same microbes that grow in the top several inches of healthy soils—microbes that have, in many cases, established deeply symbiotic relationships with plants. In greenhouse and field trials, the microbes in the compost have been found to improve seed germination rates when used to coat seeds, improve soil water infiltration and water retention by helping to increase soil carbon content, and increase plant health, plant growth rates, and crop production. 

    All of the materials and tools you’ll need are provided, and a Johnson-Su Composting Bioreactor is included in the price of registration. Materials for additional bioreactors are available for purchase.

    To learn more about the Johnson-Su Composting Bioreactors and how to garden with the beneficial microbes they cultivate, visit https://mesanm.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/johnson-su-composting-bioreactor-technical-manual-version-1.pdf and https://mesanm.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/mesa_meal_technicalmanual_beam.pdf.

    SINCE SOME OF THE WIRES WE’LL BE WORKING WITH MAY BE RUSTY, BE SURE YOUR TETANUS SHOTS ARE UP TO DATE.

    Additional Information:

    Ages: 

    18 and older, or 10-17 with a parent or guardian present

    Cost:

    $15: Workshop and 1’ x 1’ composting system*

    $30: Workshop and 2’ x 2’ composting system*

    Additional Options:

    $20: Materials for an additional 2’ x 2’ composting system*

    $10: Materials for an additional 1’ x 1’ composting system*

    *Sizes are approximate

    Payment is due at registration (online registration requires payment within 15 minutes in order to reserve space in the class). Cancellations are only available until 48 hours before class. Refunds are only available if class is properly cancelled. 

    What to Bring/Wear:

    • Wear long pants with closed-toe shoes, and choose clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.
    • Gloves and goggles are available at the makerspace, but if you’d like to use your own, please bring them.  

    About the Instructor:

    Patrick DeSimio is a science editor, grant and technical writer, and community organizer who works extensively in sustainable agriculture. He is a team member of the MESA and Seeding Regenerative Agriculture projects, where he works alongside Dr. David Johnson and Hui-Chun Su-Johnson.


    • 2019-04-03
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom & Conference Room
    Register


    The Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative is a group where songwriters can support each other through the entire process of creating songs. The basic format is a mini-lesson (a 15- to 20-minute overview of an idea or technique) followed by song sharing and feedback. Mini-lessons are taught by members of the Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative, and the mini-lessons can cover any aspect of crafting a song: songwriting guidelines, arrangement options, performance techniques, musicianship, recording and mastering techniques, and more. After the mini-lesson, participants who want to can share a song that’s in progress and get feedback from the group.

    More Information

    What to bring: Yourself and, if you’re sharing a song, at least six printed copies of your lyrics. If you play an instrument, bring that, too. An electronic keyboard is available for pianists.

    Cost: Free, with donations welcomed (all donations support Cruces Creatives, a non-profit charity)

    About the facilitator: Pat DeSimio is an award-winning Las Cruces songwriter who specializes in traditional-sounding folk music. His songs have been covered by folk musicians and religious groups around the country.


    • 2019-04-06
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Conference Room
    • 10
    Register

    New to Cruces Creatives? Looking to join? Just want more information about our location, tools, and opportunities? 

    Attend our Member Orientation

    We'll go in-depth with the mission statement and values of Cruces Creatives, we'll cover the goals and policies, look at the digital systems that members use, and do an in-depth tour of the building looking at tools and spaces.


    • 2019-04-06
    • 2019-04-27
    • 4 sessions
    • A/V Room
    • 7
    Register



    Songwriting 101: Introduction to Songwriting

    Do you want to write your first song or find new ways to grow as a songwriter? This is the course for you! Through four weeks of demonstration, discussion, and practice, you’ll

    • Learn how to use music you love as a launchpad for your own songwriting
    • Learn how to write melodies that match existing lyrics, and vice-versa
    • Learn and practice general principles for writing powerful lyrics
    • Learn and practice general principles for writing melodies that engage your listeners
    • Develop simple and effective techniques for giving and receiving constructive feedback

    No previous musical or songwriting experience is required.


    Course Overview

    (This is a general outline that can change to meet the wants and needs of class members.)

    Lesson 1 (April 6):

    • Drawing inspiration from music you love
    • Matching lyrics to melodies, and vice-versa

    Lesson 2 (April 13): 

    • Heuristics for writing powerful lyrics 
    • Approaches for finding and developing lyrical ideas

    Lesson 3 (April 20):

    • Heuristics for writing engaging melodies
    • Approaches for finding and developing melodic ideas

    Lesson 4 (April 27):

    • Approaches for constructive feedback
    • Song sharing and celebration (optional)


    Additional Information

    Ages: 14 and older, or 10 and up with a parent or guardian present and enrolled in the class

    What to bring: Musical instruments are welcome but not required. A keyboard and a classical guitar are available at the makerspace.


    About the Instructor

    Pat DeSimio is an award-winning Las Cruces songwriter who specializes in traditional-sounding folk, Celtic, bluegrass, and Americana music. His songs have been adopted by religious groups and covered by performers around the country, including Steve Makofka and the Turtle Chasers, Hana Zara, and chart-topping roots songwriter Darryl Purpose. Pat holds a master’s degree in rhetoric and professional communication with an emphasis in composition (i.e., writing processes).


    • 2019-04-10
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register


    The Charitable Crafting Project makes textiles for good causes: children's clothing to replenish the supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission; blankets, clothing, and holiday bags for Casa de Peregrinos; and other charitable projects proposed by participants.

    In a collaborative effort, participants work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels, and we'll make as many garments as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use yarn, fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills. 


    • 2019-04-13
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Plaza de Las Cruces & Main Steet, 100 Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001
    Register

    Join us at the second annual Las Cruces Space Festival!

    This year's Space Festival Poster designed by Monte Vista Elementary 5th Grade student, Job Nava

    Cruces Creatives will be hosting water bottle rocket launches at the Plaza de Las Cruces while several other fun activities and entertainment are being offered including:

    Hands-on activities in the Plaza
    STEM demonstrations
    Challenger Center Missions
    Space Movies @ Rio Grande Theatre
    Science Girl’s Lab Performance
    Talks and book signings

    And much more!


    See more activities related to the whole week of activities related to the Space Festival here

    • 2019-04-27
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register


    The Charitable Crafting Project makes textiles for good causes: children's clothing to replenish the supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission; blankets, clothing, and holiday bags for Casa de Peregrinos; and other charitable projects proposed by participants.

    In a collaborative effort, participants work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels, and we'll make as many garments as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use yarn, fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills. 


    • 2019-04-28
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Multipurpose Room
    Register



    In this two-part event, the community is invited to a roughly half-hour business meeting for the Las Cruces Arts Association followed by an arts demo from printmaker Noel Sandino, who will be showing how to make monotype prints by hand using a tabletop setup that anyone can learn how to use. 

    Additional Information

    Cost: Free 

    What to wear: Casual clothes appropriate for making art

    Ages: 16+


    • 2019-05-03
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Multipurpose Room
    Register


    Come to a community discussion with board members and organizers of the Arts Network for Youth and Justice (ANYJ), which helps coordinate the work of community-based arts education organizations with system-impacted youth. Interested artists and arts-based organizations are invited to learn more about the network and talk with ANYJ coordinators about if/how ANYJ could support work with system-impacted youth in Doña Ana County.

    About the Facilitators
    The Mission1: The Arts Network for Youth & Justice (ANYJ) provides structure and coordination for the collaborative work of community-based arts education organizations.

    ANYJ is made up of people who envision a future where youth are empowered, and where the systems that serve them are transformed by centering arts as a way to build the wellbeing of young people and their communities.

    We serve system-impacted youth in New Mexico, leveraging the reach and expertise of our members to amplify impact, provide thought leadership for the field, and serve as a model for effective collaboration.

    1Based on the mission statement as articulated by the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN: aiynetwork.org)

    The Background: In August 2018, a group of artist-educators and arts-based organisations that work within the Juvenile Justice space in New Mexico came together to lay the groundwork for an Arts Network for Youth and Justice (ANYJ) in the state. Inspired by the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) -- an organization that is also mentoring the creation of its New Mexico counterpart -- ANYJ seeks to act as a hub between various arts-based programming opportunities, which currently operate in silos, for system-impacted youth in the state. In so doing, ANYJ seeks to create models for data collection and analysis, to organise annual collaborative events for its stakeholders, to gather/hold best practices, to match youth with potential employers/mentors post-release, to interface with public stakeholders, to articulate a shared vision, and to access/manage resources for its members.

    The Focus Areas: I. Arts-as-advocacy || Arts-resulting-advocacy

    ● Short term (within 1 year): To organize regular showcasings of work created by/ with youth in detention, both for a general public and for policy makers. These showcasings will function as “covert advocacy” that seeks to battle stigma surrounding incarceration, and to humanize the young people to those who might never interact with them

    ● Medium term (between 1 to 3 years): To develop a mechanism to generate, collate, and analyse data, understanding that the more quantitative information that we can use to showcase the impact of the arts vis-a-vis Juvenile Justice, the more likely policy makers are to respond

    ● Long term (between 3 to 5 years): To work with policy makers so as to implement, in three to five years, one entirely arts-based unit at a youth detention facility in the state. In this “pilot” unit, the arts would be woven into every aspect of the young people’s rehabilitation/ healing, and comparative evaluation frameworks would be designed to look at differences in youth and staff experiences of this approach (compared to the current, non-arts-based model).

    II. Programming across the “Continuum” pre-detention; during detention; pre-release; post-release

    ● Short term: To encourage integration across different arts-based programs that are currently offered within the facilities

    ● Medium term: To develop a multidisciplinary arts-as-activism program for formerly incarcerated or system-impacted youth to create artworks that can operate as tools for policy advocacy, lobbying, and public engagement on national/international levels

    ● Long term: To work toward an Arts-based “Case Management” approach, and to create a team of artist-educators (AEs) who function as “case-managers”, of sorts. These AEs will liaise with organizations who already work with system impacted youth; youth who present as being ‘in risk’ of incarceration. If the young person is subsequently incarcerated, this AE will be present throughout the young person’s time in detention (on their care team) and will guide them through the transition process (pre-release) into a funded arts apprenticeship that they could take on post-release. This paid apprenticeship, it is hoped, will allow the young person to build enough of a skill-base -- through the creation of artistic work; through participation in advocacy and capacity building -- to become “case managers” themselves

    ● Long term: To enhance connectivity with youth after they leave the facilities, there is a possibility of installing technology like Portals in different counties in NM: beginning with the four New Mexican counties in which the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative already has programming in place. The use of this technology is seen as potentially allowing members of ANYJ to remain connected with youth post-release, even if they reside at a geographical distance from the “hub” at which post-release programming is offered.

    III. Training/Capacity building

    ● Short term: To hold trauma/healing informed trainings for the artist-educators (including an emphasis on student centered social competency) and to invite youth alumni from our programs to engage with such training, to speak to best practices from their perspective

    ● Medium term: To design training sessions in which the artists and the facilities’ staff are trained together, and learn how to constructively engage with/ learn from each other

    ● Long term: To design arts-based curricula that might be woven into Criminology and Law programs in the state (in formal programs at Universities and Colleges; but also in other kinds of training avenues that currently exist for police and correctional officers).


    • 2019-05-04
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Conference Room
    • 8
    Register

    New to Cruces Creatives? Looking to join? Just want more information about our location, tools, and opportunities? 

    Attend our Member Orientation

    We'll go in-depth with the mission statement and values of Cruces Creatives, we'll cover the goals and policies, look at the digital systems that members use, and do an in-depth tour of the building looking at tools and spaces.


    • 2019-05-08
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register


    The Charitable Crafting Project makes textiles for good causes: children's clothing to replenish the supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission; blankets, clothing, and holiday bags for Casa de Peregrinos; and other charitable projects proposed by participants.

    In a collaborative effort, participants work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels, and we'll make as many garments as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use yarn, fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills. 


    • 2019-06-01
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Conference Room
    • 10
    Register

    New to Cruces Creatives? Looking to join? Just want more information about our location, tools, and opportunities? 

    Attend our Member Orientation

    We'll go in-depth with the mission statement and values of Cruces Creatives, we'll cover the goals and policies, look at the digital systems that members use, and do an in-depth tour of the building looking at tools and spaces.


    • 2019-06-29
    Register

    Come celebrate our first year open!


    So far on the schedule

    • Games
    • Creative Activities (adults and kids)
    • Extra Supply Yard Sale
    • Kids' Toy Drive



    Kids' Toy Drive

    We are looking for several things to help fill the Kid's Room

    -Legos

    -K'nexs

    -Crayons

    -New markers

    -Construction paper

    -Robot kits

    -Moulding Clay 

    -Play Dough

    -Building blocks

    -Mini easels

    -Acrylic / Washable Paint

    -Small aprons



    Look for more details later this year.

    • 2019-07-06
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Conference Room
    • 10
    Register

    New to Cruces Creatives? Looking to join? Just want more information about our location, tools, and opportunities? 

    Attend our Member Orientation

    We'll go in-depth with the mission statement and values of Cruces Creatives, we'll cover the goals and policies, look at the digital systems that members use, and do an in-depth tour of the building looking at tools and spaces.


    • 2019-08-03
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Conference Room
    • 10
    Register

    New to Cruces Creatives? Looking to join? Just want more information about our location, tools, and opportunities? 

    Attend our Member Orientation

    We'll go in-depth with the mission statement and values of Cruces Creatives, we'll cover the goals and policies, look at the digital systems that members use, and do an in-depth tour of the building looking at tools and spaces.


    • 2019-09-07
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Conference Room
    • 10
    Register