Young Artists of McKinley County Project

The Young Artists of McKinley County (YAMC) Project is an effort to cultivate McKinley County’s next generation of artists by showcasing student work and providing arts education. Recently, gallupARTS has been focused on enhancing the YAMC Project by creating opportunities for family engagement.

Currently, the YAMC Project has several components including: the YAMC Display Cases, the Annual ART123 Gallery Youth Art Show, ArtsCrawl Family Craft Workshops, and a teaching artist program.

YAMC Display Cases

In partnership with schools, teachers and youth-serving programs from across McKinley County, we put on regular student art shows in our downtown display cases (find them on Second Street across from Camille’s Sidewalk Café). Previous displays have included hundreds of papier mache ants, self-portraits, poetry and sewing projects. In the last three years, the YAMC display cases have exhibited over 1,100 student artists from over 4 dozen schools/classes.

Annual ART123 Gallery Youth Art Show

Since 2014, gallupARTS has been celebrating Young Art Month each March by featuring student artists from public, charter, Bureau of Indian Education, private and home schools from Gallup and the surrounding areas in a month-long group show at ART123 Gallery. So far, over 1,200 student artists have participated in the Annual ART123 Gallery Youth Art Show.

ArtsCrawl Family Craft Workshops

As part of ArtsCrawl second Saturdays, gallupARTS hosts a family-friendly craft workshop, encouraging kids and their adults to get creative together. Each event involves an average of 100 families–that’s over 1,000 families served each year!

Teaching Artist Program

Each fall, to help close the gap in arts education, gallupARTS deploys a teaching artist to an elementary school lacking an art program. The teaching artist teaches a 4-week class focused on a particular medium, providing students an authentic arts learning experience and engaging them deeply in the creative process. In 2019, gallupARTS is at Mariano Lake Community School with artist Mariea Hall, who is teaching K – 2 grade students hand-building with clay and 3 – 6 grade students watercolor painting. gallupARTS’ Teaching Artist Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Bank Foundation.