As we approach the half-way point at the Rail Yards Market (RYM), I would personally like to thank the residents of Albuquerque for embracing the Rail Yards Market and making it a hub for community interaction, a piston for local commerce, a showcase for local entertainers, educators and artists, and the place be on Sunday’s from 9am to 3pm in the beautiful Barelas neighborhood. I am certain that all of my fellow volunteers feel the same way I do: eternally grateful to you all, our neighbors and new-found friends!
Gearing up for the 2nd Half
We are using the experiences we had in the 1st half of the season at the RYM and making some tweaks to better serve, entertain and educate our community. Some exciting modifications in-store for you for the 2nd half of the season at the RYM include closer collaboration for educational programming with our community sponsors, partners and stakeholders such as SUVA, Warehouse 508, OffCenter Community Arts Project. Working Classroom, and Harwood Art Center to mention just a few.
Additionally, we will be adding and rotating food options, vendors, artisans and entertainers to lend additional exposure to our fabulous and diverse community of local entrepreneurs and creative folks! The wide variety of food-truck options, like Irrational Pies, will continue. Farm to table options are schedule to increase as well. Your input and recommendations are certainly welcome. Please click here to comment.
This Sunday at the RYM
Sustainability by design with the South West University of Visual Arts (SUVA) on Sunday! RYM presents junior interior design student Alyssa Metoyer in our Educational Sustainability Zone. Alyssa specializes in environmentally sound designs that are sure to spark a desire to create better ways of living. Innovation meets inspiration and opens doors to a creative future combined with a friendly footprint. Join us and let your mind step forward in a life positive way!
The Children’s Zone will feature artist-educators, Rachel Harris-Huffman, Charlie Gravina, Trinity Treat from OffCenter Community Arts Project. Children will make bookmarks, paper pendants on ball chains, and some small 2D art pieces. There will be lots of paper, magazines, markers, stamps with pads, regular and pattern-cutting scissors, and soooo many glue sticks for everyone to get real messy!
Painter and muralist Nani Chacon will be displaying her incredible work in our Pop Up Fine Art Gallery, including several works that won’t be shown again after this weekend. Nani is also a programmer/partner at the RYM and we are proud to have her contributing her many talents to our community-powered Sundays!
Entertainers include Creative Movements for all ages at the Community Stage. On the Main Stage we will showcase New Mexico’s finest Poets, the RYM’s Rob Hobert and Dead Gunz, all the way from Phoenix, AZ – The Missing Parts. Additionally the amazing Audio Buddha, and one of Albuquerque’s top bands will be joining us: Cali Shaw Band! Please click here for a complete schedule
Looking Back while Moving Forward
From it’s inception, the RYM has been an all volunteer, community-powered event. Many folks, from walks of life came together with a similar mission, “The Rail Yards Market is focused on building a resilient, sustainable local economy that we all love to work and play in. Through food, art, and music, we hope to bring our community together in an atmosphere of fun, learning, and creativity” (from the RYM website). Due to all of the positive feedback we have received, we feel like we are succeeding! This success is due in large part to all of our partners, sponsors, volunteers, founding members and especially to you: our Albuquerque/New Mexico community! We could not have and cannot continue to succeed without you. Ahéhee’, Gracias and Thank You! See You Sunday!
Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.