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Drawing on diversity: Pop-up shop welcomes ‘everyone from all walks of life’

OT Circus Artist Market & Pop Up Shop is an intimate showcase of Albuquerque’s art scene.

Vendors from Two Sisters Crafts display handmade jewelry at an OT Circus Artist Market & Pop Up Shop. (Courtesy of OT Circus)

“For all of our markets, we want to emphasize the creative culture of Downtown, so we welcome everybody,” said Jennifer Desantis, event coordinator. “All of our markets are very diverse. We welcome everyone from all walks of life, from all cultural backgrounds, from all ages, people with abilities and disabilities.”

About 20 vendors are part of the market and pop-up held the second and fourth Saturday of each month through October, with some exceptions. There will be one market and pop-up shop in April. It will be held on Saturday, April 13. The last Saturday this month, April 27, is reserved for “Arrows on Point II,” which will showcase the work of indigenous artist Lynnette Haozous to coincide with the Gathering of Nations.

“We have some vendors that do up-cycles and do creations that include discarded materials and things like that, recycled materials, and that includes fashion accessories, art and jewelry,” Desantis said of the market and pop-up shop events.

OT Circus is a New Mexico-based nonprofit with a focus on using occupational therapy and creativity to bring people of all abilities together. It does this through its pop-up art shows, community outreach and artist markets. It also hosts and facilitates benefit events for other nonprofits and charities. It will host the Kindness Club Community Art Festival on May 18 and Into the Grey, a fundraiser for brain cancer research, on May 26.

“What the Kindness Club does is it works with Albuquerque Public Schools creating large scale murals in the schools which engage the students as well as continue to promote positivity, really uplifting messages and community art projects,” Desantis said.

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