The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM announces a fall art exhibit opening on Saturday, Aug. 28. An arts and crafts sale featuring the work of dozens of VSA artists kicks off the exhibit from 1 – 3 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Center at 1909 Las Lomas. Proceeds from all art sales go directly to the artists.

"Generations" is a collection of works by artists participating in the VSA Day Arts Program at the North Fourth Art Center, 4904 Fourth St. NW. The exhibit will run through December 1.

The VSA Day Arts Program provides arts education and exhibition opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. The Albuquerque program at the North Fourth Art Center is affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and currently enrolls 175 artists in visual and performing arts classes. For more information please visit

"Generations" is an exhibition of bright, multimedia works created by several generations of VSA artists. Each artist draws on different sources of inspiration and identifications closest to their cultural generation. Showcased in the exhibit are works by Marc Fyre, Helene Valdez, Lena Han, Sammy Maldonado, Robert Rivers and James Santillanes.

Robert O. Valdez, executive director of the RWJF Center said, "It is a privilege to showcase the unique work of the VSA artists. We are very proud to support the VSA because it is a vital part of maintaining a healthy community here in Albuquerque."

Lina Jabra, VSA community development director, said, "We are honored to present at the Center for Health Policy, an organization that shapes and encourages new generations of diverse leaders in health policy research."

For more information, call the center at 277-0130.

Media contact: Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920; e-mail:

VSA contact: Lina Jabra, 345-2872; e-mail: