Important Announcement:
Art in the School was dissolved June 30, 2019.   
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About Art in the School

Art in the School is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit art education organization for children.  Our mission is to open the doors to learning through the visual arts.  We enrich education in New Mexico several ways:

  • We teach parent and grandparent volunteers to teach comprehensive art education lessons in their children’s classrooms.
  • We provide a free after school art program at Title I elementary schools in Albuquerque.
  • We provide professional development for teachers where they learn how to use visual art education to enhance and enrich the curriculum across the board.
Why Art in the School Was Created

Art in the School was founded by art historian Sara Otto-Diniz in 1985 when funding for art education had been eliminated in the public schools.  While state legislation in 2003 restored some arts funding to New Mexico schools, many have struggled to provide art education to every child every year.  Albuquerque Public Schools, the state’s largest district with over 90,000 students, has begun implementing a five-year plan to provide art and music teachers to their 90 elementary schools every year.  Districts statewide are challenged to meet all the needs of the students. Schools administrators, parents and children all agree:  art is a vital part of quality education.  For the past 34 years, Art in the School has helped support education in New Mexico by providing quality visual art education.

Art in the School

  Board of Directors

Patricia Williams, President  Artist, retired elementary teacher, retired art teacher

Nicole Kesel, President-Elect   Art educator, artist, arts researcher, historian and philosopher

Lannie Alexander, Immediate Past-President      Retired art teacher, artist, animal rights activist

Woody Duncan, Treasurer  Retired middle school art teacher, artist

Lezlie Schreiber, Co-secretary  Certified ballet teacher with American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum, artist, dancer, retired occupational therapist

Rose Meyer, Co-secretary   Retired teacher and instructional coach

 Members At Large

 Barbara Lohbeck  MasterWorks of NM Founder/Coordinator, former member of City of ABQ Public Art Board, Bardean LLC owner/president; retired elementary school special education teacher

Dianne Parker  Retired children and family psychologist, artist 

Mary Sundstrom-Gramer  Artist, Co-owner Remarque Gallery and Print Workshop 

Advisory Board for After School Program

Laurel Lampela, Ph.D.  Founding member of advisory board Professor, University of New Mexico Art Education Program

Suzanne Schadl, Associate Professor and Regents’ Lecturer, College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences; Curator, Latin American Collections, UNM Libraries; Outreach Coordinator, UNM Libraries


Art in the School

P.O. Box 3416

Albuquerque, NM  87190-3416

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