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Free Weekly Workgroups

All workgroups are open for new participants! No registration needed, just come on by and join in!

Writing  – Prose & Poetry    Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to noon

We write until we drop or run out of ink, whichever comes first. There are no wrong ways to write! Mandy Gardner facilitates a supportive, safe space for writers to let their pens fly freely. Everyone is invited to write with us on Monday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon. (Note: OffCenter is closed on Mondays except for Writing Workgroup. Gallery sales not available and donations not accepted on Mondays.) The writing group published QuaranZine about living in COVID times, available for a $5.00 donation at OC. Learn more about Writing Group and read some recent work here!

Puppet Theater: puppet making, playwriting & performance!    Tuesdays, 12-2 p.m.

Joe Munley and his puppet players spin tales of mayhem, love and adventure every Tuesday afternoon from 12:30-2 p.m. at OffCenter. Join Joe and his crew as they write, rehearse and perform their next puppet play. New faces are welcome to join our regular cast of characters! Catch the next Puppet Theater performance at 6:30 p.m. at OffCenter on August 5, during ABQ Artwalk! 

Card Making    Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.

Making funky collage cards is elevated to fine fun every Thursday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. during our free weekly drop-in Card Making Group facilitated by Sally Bergen. Participants can keep their creations or donate the cards they make to OffCenter. All materials are provided and everyone is welcome to join! (Card Making group meets during OffCenter’s Open Studio hours.)

Recent writing from the Writing Group!

Upcoming Events

OffCenter hosts a variety of events in our space! Our monthly Friday Artwalk receptions are open to everyone – drop by between 5-8 p.m. to see the current exhibition, watch a Puppet Theater performance, or join in our Puppet Parade! (Details here.)

Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesdays: Open noon to 3 p.m. for Workgroups and Classes! (Donations accepted on Tuesdays.)
Wednesday & Thursdays: Open Studio noon to 6 p.m.!
Closed, expect for monthly ABQ Artwalk openings & other special events!
Saturdays: Open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Kids’ Open Studio!

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Join the Robert and Karen Turner Founders Circle

In honor of the Turners, who helped found OC way back in 2001, we’ve established the Founders Circle. You can join with an annual investment in OC of $1,000 or more. This comes to $83.33 monthly automatic donation if you’d like to do that way.

Join us for a class!

To sign up for a class, stop by during open hours or call us at  505.247.1172. Email, call or drop in with questions!  Watch for more class offerings and workshops coming soon. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you never miss an update! 

All of our classes are offered at a sliding scale. Select the option that works best for you.

“When I first moved to Albuquerque, I needed to meet and be around fellow artists. I never anticipated finding a studio where I be part of the community. This community is made up of handicapped, elderly, children, homeless, along side of career artists. There is a networking amongst everyone that encourages and supports new artists. This is a unique situation for people who do not have the means to purchase art supplies or a place to work. Something constructive for some people who want to improve their lives in a positive way.”     -Artist & Current Boardmember