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ARTE Institute fall classes include art history, dream travel, dance, music history

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ARTE Lifelong Learning Institute (AILL) in Las Cruces has announced in-person and online classes from Aug. 31 through December. 6th, 2023.

ARTE instructors Kathleen Key (co-founded ARTE with Kathleen Albers), Jean-Claude Rinossi, Jim Smith, and Devon Wall will teach classes on art history, dance, and music history, and will lead visits to Abiquiu. Lead the way. ARTE has once again partnered with the Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) and will hold most of its in-person classes at the DAAC (230 S. Water St.). All Zoom classes are recorded.

Classes and other services

  • Art history icon with key. 11 lectures on Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, and Claude Monet.
  • Dream trip: tour France’s historic cathedrals with Rinossi. 6 Zoom classes.
  • Folk dance and exercise against the wall, two in-person sessions.
  • Immortal Beethoven: History and Appreciation of Music by Jim Smith. There were 5 face-to-face classes.
  • Dream trip: Touring France’s historic cathedrals with Rinossi. There were 6 lectures.
  • Travel: Key will lead an ARTE adventure to Abiquiu in October.
  • Fridamania Fiesta will be held at DAAC on Thursday, September 28th from 4pm to 6pm. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera costumes are recommended. Learn Mexican folk dance from Wall, a former professional dancer. This event will include recipes from the Frida Fiesta cookbook and participants should bring food or drinks to share.


  • Key is an art historian who has taught art history in continuing education programs at the University of Houston and UTEP. Key and her husband Bill lived in Cairo, Egypt, where she lived for over 20 years.
  • Smith has taught Appalachian Spring Music, The History of Billy the Kid, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, and Venezuela’s El Sistema Music Education at ARTE. He is a former history teacher and educational consultant who has given presentations on music history at Heidelberg University, the American School of Singapore, Rice University, Texas Christian University, NMSU, UTEP, Western New Mexico University, and the University of New Mexico. . He is a former New Mexico Teacher of the Year.
  • Wall holds a bachelor’s degree in dance and physical education from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She retired in 2015 after her 20-year career in general arts education and dance in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • Originally from Strasbourg, France, Rinossi immigrated to the United States in 1973 and settled in El Paso in 2010. Linossi’s interests include art, French history, and language. She teaches French conversation and culture at UTEP.


The cost for all access is $275 per person. $195 per person for Zoom only. Frida Cuello or Beethoven only for $150. Linossi is originally from Strasbourg, France and currently lives in El Paso. In his lecture he explores six historic cathedrals and describes his travels to each location.

To register and for more information, please contact Kathleen Albers at 575-635-1973 and [email protected].

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