Announcing the 2017 Bill Armstrong Grant Recipients

This year there were 2 recipients of the Bill Armstrong Award for education in the ceramic arts:

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation received a grant of $455 to provide tools for classes in Clay Science at the Museum and funding for a power point presentation on Clay Science in New Mexico. These innovative classes have been developed and held for many years by Cirrelda Snider-Bryan and include information, experiments and field trips  related to the scientific and geological nature of clay and instruction in the making of objects in clay. The current classes are conducted for both children and adults and are a wonderful component of the educational arm of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque.

Apprenticeships for Leaders in the Mosaic Arts – ALMA is an organization based in Albuquerque. ALMA is a creative community of mosaic artists who have produced many murals throughout Albuquerque utilizing hand made clay tiles. Their goal is to empower artists of all ages to create high quality art through an apprenticeship model that develops leaders in an inclusive way. They have wanted to develop projects outside of Albuquerque and this public mural is in collaboration with the City of Las Cruces Mural Arts Program. The youth that will participate in the summer project are between 15 and 19 years old and the lead artist is Margarita Paz-Pedro. The total budget for this mural is between $5,000-$10,000 and the request from the NMPCA was for $500 to augment those funds.

Daisy Kates and Penne Roberts researched the grant applications and the final decision was made by the NMPCA Board.

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4 Replies to “Announcing the 2017 Bill Armstrong Grant Recipients”

  1. Daisy Kates

    It’s great to be part of the process that enables these very worthwhile projects to move forward. I think it’s a wonderful contribution to the ceramics community and to education. Thanks to the NMPCA for continuing to offer the Bill Armstrong Grant.

  2. Cirrelda Snider-Bryan

    Kudos to NMPCA for continuing to administer the Bill Armstrong Grant! Quite a legacy that NMPCA contributes to the community – supporting clay in its myriad abilities to connect – here in New Mexico.
    I am very honored to have the application I submitted be granted this year – for the program “Clay Science at the Museum.” It’s even more special to me as I remember Bill Armstrong and his wife fondly from my early days as a member of NMPCA (formerly NMPA). My spouse JB and I attended Primitive Pottery seminar that Bill and Jim Kempes led at Ghost Ranch in 1989, and remember his wife from NMPA workshops (O Mi Shou’s Brush Painting , for one) I attended alongside her.
    So glad for NMPCA, and hoping for more free time to be able to participate!

  3. Judy Nelson-Moore

    As a past board member and continued active NMPCA member, the Armstrong Grant is one of the strongest reasons I support the NMPCA. I believe arts education and practice is essential to our world to open our minds to greater possibilities, create flexibility in our thinking, and lighten our hearts. Thank toyou to the organizations that apply for the grant and are able to use our meager funds for ceramic art education to enhance the lives of people in our state.

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