- Garden Art Opening Monday, April, 11, 4 to 7 PM, drop in anytime during those hours: In partnership with the Ruidoso Regional Council for the Arts, NMAC is sponsoring a Children's Garden Art Exhibit at the RRCA, 1712 Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso. An Opening Reception will be held on Monday, April 11 from 4 to 7 PM. The purpose of the show is to raise public awareness surrounding childhood hunger and nutritional issues in our state. The show features eight garden murals by the 150 children of Lincoln County Head Start, who are building gardens at their schools this spring with NMAC, plus 60 original "Bug Art" creations by the students of Ruidoso Middle School. Door prizes!
- Saturday, April 16, 9AM-Noon, drop in anytime: NMAC will take part in a community health event, the Community Celebration of Young Children, at Nob Hill Early Childhood Center, 103 Sutton in Ruidoso. The health fair celebrates the Week of the Young Child and features health-related activities for children and families. NMAC will contribute a musical obstacle course and "Living Soil" gardening/science projects course for children, plus nutritional/food security information for families. Kids will learn how to make their own garden soil, view the living soil under a microscope linked to a computer, assemble a worm farm, and plant seeds for their spring gardens.
About 150 Lincoln County Head Start preschoolers have been working on their garden murals for several weeks, led by artists Suzy Komara and Patsy Blasdell. The murals are an imaginative blend of painting and collage with found and recycled objects, revolving around garden themes, such as garden creatures, all types of sunflowers, and the parts of a plant. The art is based on the gardening and composting activities the children have taken part in this spring through NMAC.