Art is good for the soul, especially when you don't have to take care of the kids while doing it. That is the spirit behind Happy Arte Hour. They create the subject, provide the supplies and you just show up and make a donation. Happy Arte Hour (HAH!) meets the first Thursday of every month except for January from 5:30-7:30 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the the Dominici Education building. Suggested donation is $5 but they won't turn anyone down for lack of funds. There's even a cash bar that serves wine, beer and appetizers to get your creative juices flowing.
Art topics in the past have included journal making, paper cards, tin art, steampunk designs, altar-making for Day of the Dead, papel picados and lots more New Mexican culturally-appropriate art. The art project changes monthly and is always creative and hands-on. Best of all, it's for adults only- so leave the kids at home and have a great time with friends for the evening. There is not a minimum age requirement to participate in the art potion of the evening and is open to teenagers as well. Feel free to bring any additional supplies that you might want to add to your project. While you can just show up, they prefer you email them at firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time so they can prepare enough supplies.