Oct 1 - 7, 2009 
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Photo Essay

Warehouse 508 is Finally Here

By Marisa Demarco

Nathan Clements—a musician, promoter and senior at Los Lunas High School—debuts his DJing skills at the dedication on Thursday, Sept. 24.
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Nathan Clements—a musician, promoter and senior at Los Lunas High School—debuts his DJing skills at the dedication on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The project started as Mayor Martin Chavez’ response to the argument that there isn’t a lot for teens to do in Albuquerque. That point was raised repeatedly as the mayor put the hurt on all-ages shows happening in venues where alcohol was served—often in separate rooms or gated areas—to people over 21.

Warehouse 508 at First Street and Roma occupies the much-rehabbed Ice House building.
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Warehouse 508 at First Street and Roma occupies the much-rehabbed Ice House building.

After funding battles with the Council at the end of 2008 and in the spring of 2009, after a massive renovation and cleaning effort, Warehouse 508 is ready. Chavez along with Councilors Isaac Benton and Ken Sanchez attended a dedication ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 24—a coming out party for the long-awaited youth music, arts and media center.

Kenn Rodriguez, slam poet and AmeriCorps volunteer, offers information on workshops and classes that will begin Monday, Oct. 19. Go to warehouse508.org to sign up.
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Kenn Rodriguez, slam poet and AmeriCorps volunteer, offers information on workshops and classes that will begin Monday, Oct. 19. Go to warehouse508.org to sign up.
The premier Studio 508 Gallery exhibit of work by photographer Minie Gonzales, 21.
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The premier Studio 508 Gallery exhibit of work by photographer Minie Gonzales, 21.
The Duke City Youth Poetry Collective performs a four-voiced piece as a warm-up act for Mayor Martin Chavez’ speech.
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The Duke City Youth Poetry Collective performs a four-voiced piece as a warm-up act for Mayor Martin Chavez’ speech.
Councilor Isaac Benton thanks the youth who testified at Council meetings in favor of Warehouse 508. The center’s funds became part of a political tug-of-war in April of 2008. The 2009 to 2010 contract is signed and good to go.
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Councilor Isaac Benton thanks the youth who testified at Council meetings in favor of Warehouse 508. The center’s funds became part of a political tug-of-war in April of 2008. The 2009 to 2010 contract is signed and good to go.
Councilor Ken Sanchez (left), Mayor Martin Chavez (giant scissors) and Councilor Isaac Benton cut the ribbon.
Councilor Ken Sanchez (left), Mayor Martin Chavez (giant scissors) and Councilor Isaac Benton cut the ribbon.
The bosses from left to right: Stephen Williamson, director of school outreach for NMX Sports; Amy Dalness, director of Warehouse 508 (and former   Alibi   arts editor); and Eddie Vargas, director of NMX Sports
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The bosses from left to right: Stephen Williamson, director of school outreach for NMX Sports; Amy Dalness, director of Warehouse 508 (and former Alibi arts editor); and Eddie Vargas, director of NMX Sports
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