Los Alamos Arts Council And Fuller Lodge Art Center Merge

Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Chris Monteith and Assistant Director Ken Nebel hold a banner to celebrate the merger between the arts council and art center. Courtesy/LAAC

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) and Fuller Lodge Art Center (FLAC) announce that they are now operating as one organization.

LAAC will continue to present its popular events such as the Brown Bag Concert Series, Lectures, Pumpkin Glow, Scarecrow Contest, Kite Festival and much more. LAAC will now supervise all the excellent activities at FLAC, including rotating exhibits, a gallery shop and classes for all ages.

LAAC and FLAC have already worked closely on many projects over the past year, such as arts and craft fairs and the annual Scarecrow Contest. During the closures due to COVID-19, LAAC and FLAC presented the “Art Bears in Los Alamos” where participants took part  in a scavenger hunt of teddy bears in the windows of Fuller Lodge, and the 2020 Chalk Walk at the end of May.

Events just around the corner include the “40 Winks” Gallery Show, ScienceFest Art Challenge and a Virtual Kite Festival.

“The Fuller Lodge Art Center is looking at this combination of forces as a great opportunity for the Art Center to grow through the Arts Council,” LAAC Assistant Director Ken Nebel said. “We will be able to serve the community’s artistic side in a deeper and more meaningful way. We won’t be losing any programming or power on either end. We are growing together as one stronger organization.”

In addition to the merger, LAAC announces the re-opening of the gallery and gallery shop at FLAC, 2132 Central Ave. Patrons may visit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The art center will be closed this weekend in observance of July 4.

LAAC follows the guidelines presented by the Center of Disease Control and the New Mexico Governor to keep visitors safe and well. These precautions include regular sanitizing of the space, required face masks and limited patrons in the area at a time.

Executive Director Chris Monteith expressed her excitement for the future of the Arts in Los Alamos, saying, “Los Alamos knows just how important the arts are for the community, and we’re looking forward to bringing you more quality events and arts opportunities! We can’t wait to hear what ideas you have for us or how the community will get involved!”

All LAAC events and programming are shaped by the time, talents and treasures of their membership and general community interest. Please consider becoming a member of the Los Alamos Arts Council. People also can support the Arts Council and Art Center by donating to the COVID-19 GoFundMe account https://www.gofundme.com/f/campaign-for-los-alamos-arts-council. Donations and memberships are tax-deductible, as LAAC is a local non-profit. Stay tuned as more announcements are coming regarding upcoming events.

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