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Dear State Arts Leader,


The latest Americans for the Arts Weekly Web Roundup is out! Click here to read this week’s roundup, which includes links to this content:


  • A blog post and recent ArtsU webinar on how artists can employ creative pricing strategies – part of our Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists program
  • A new resource guide from Animating Democracy and A Blade of Grass on creating partnership opportunities between artists and municipal entities
  • A short survey seeking stories of arts and business partnerships in response to the COVID-19 crisis
  • An update to the application process for this year’s Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellowship for arts leaders in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and the Twin Cities
  • The archived recording of our virtual check-in with Americans for the Arts staff about the federal COVID-19 Relief Package


We know there’s a lot of information circulating right now and hope these roundups help make sure you don’t miss critical information from us. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to share with your networks.


Stay safe,




Jay H. Dick

Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs

Americans for the Arts

1000 Vermont Ave., NW  6th Floor

Washington, DC 20005

202-371-2830 x2076



Ann Marie Watson

Senior Manager, Digital Communications Strategy

Americans for the Arts

1000 Vermont Ave NW, 6th Floor

Washington, DC 20005-4940

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Breaking News! Attention Members


Dear New Mexico Arts Grantee,

We wanted to get this information out to you as soon as possible. Per the recently passed $2 trillion dollar relief bill the National Endowment for the Arts will receive $75M to distribute to arts organizations in need.

The Arts Endowment will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities survive the forced closure of their operations in response to the spread of COVID-19.

As stated in the legislation, the $75 million is intended to assist nonprofit arts organizations “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally.” The legislation allows funds to be used for general operating expenses, a departure from the Arts Endowment’s requirement of supporting project-based funding and an acknowledgment of the dire situation facing the arts community. In addition, arts organizations do not have to provide matching funds to receive their grant. As regards to the distribution of the funds, the standard distinction remains of 40 percent awarded to state and regional arts organizations and 60 percent to be awarded by the Arts Endowment directly to applicant organizations.

Details regarding timing and applications are being developed and will be announced as soon as they are available. Please check in the coming days for more information about direct funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. And we will share more about our plans to distribute the Endowment funds to be distributed via New Mexico Arts and out to you as soon as we can.

This is good news for our field.

Please also visit our website at for our updated list of resources. We are also regularly sharing resources and alternate programming ideas on our Facebook page. (You don't need to be on Facebook to access them.) We continue to work with you individually. Please don't hesitate to be in contact.

Jenice Gharib
Grants Program & Policy Director

... and the entire New Mexico Arts team.


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Welcome New Members!

We have been seeing new members signing up! YAY! Welcome to each of you!   Look around, if you don't find topics to add in discussion threads, suggest one, or start one!  Set up your profile page! Add you art, and a bit about you, or the organization you represent. Do you do events?  Tell us about them! Let us help you promote them (as part of your membership here).  We'd love to see some comments and activity! Thanks for joining!

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So, following the last post, the full legislature put out the proposal for $500,000 for grants for New Mexico Arts. THAT DIDN'T WORK, So now, we are back to SUPPORTING SENATOR PETE CAMPOS. See the original post below. Call your Legislators! Now!

Hey Arts Supporters in New Mexico! We need your help!Please support Senator Pete Campos’s amendment to House Bill 2 to increase arts services grants by $255,000. Call or email members of the Senate Finance Committee ( and ask for their support for the first increase in 20 years. These additional funds support New Mexico jobs and will be distributed across the state. Call or email ASAP!

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NEW UPDATE ON ARTS FUNDING ISSUE: The House Appropriations and Finance Committee will be reviewing HB 485 to increase arts services grants by $500,000 today, March 2nd in Room 307 at the Roundhouse. The meeting starts at 10 am. The bill is 16th on the agenda. To keep updated on the meeting progress watch the live stream available on the legislature website.

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Hey Arts Supporters in New Mexico! We need your help!
Please support Senator Pete Campos’s amendment to House Bill 2 to increase arts services grants by $255,000. Call or email members of the Senate Finance Committee ( and ask for their support for the first increase in 20 years. These additional funds support New Mexico jobs and will be distributed across the state. Call or email ASAP!

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Carlsbad Community Theater!

The Carlsbad Community Theatre will be performing:

“Murder is a Game” March 1-3 Come one, come all, make it a “date night”, or a “treat yourself night”. You will be glad that you did! See you at the Theatre! 225w, 1536w" alt="" />
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Welcome New Members!

There has been a flurry of activity, with quite a few new members! Woohoo!  Welcome to all of you.  Here is just a quick note in how to use this community.  If you want to add an event, sign in, and click the Events tab in the main menu bar above.  There you can click "Add an Event".  Upload a photo and fill in the details.  If you have more than one event, add them with the most near one first. 

Fill in your page, ad photos, bio and what ever you want us to know about you!  If you have questions about using this community, simply post a comment on this post.

Looking forward to getting to know you all!

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Legislative Finance Committee Meeting

Hi all,

Recently our Board President attended the Legislative Finance Committee Meeting in Santa Fe. Since we have mentioned before that we want your voice to support our Advocacy efforts we wanted to share the letter he delivered to Committee members. It is below:

November 12, 2018


Patricia A Lundstrom

Legislative Finance Committee

State Capitol, Room 307

Santa Fe NM 87503


Dear Madam Chair:

 Creative New Mexico is a statewide organization devoted to building the awareness of arts and culture for our quality of life and economic well-being.  Our organization supports preserving the New Mexico Arts grant fund budget. NM Arts overall level of funding is 27% below the level it was 15 years ago.  While the level of funding is down, the number of organizations funded has increased.

 The organizations receiving these grants from around the state deliver important programs to their communities in arts education, performances and exhibits, and arts-based economic development activities.  The most recent UNM Bureau of Business & Economic Research report indicated that broadly, employment in the arts and cultural industries in New Mexico was equal to nearly one in ten jobs, more employees than the construction and manufacturing industries combined.

 While the Department of Cultural Affairs has a budget for the New Mexico Arts grant fund, the budget has not seen significant increases for many years. It should be noted that a vast majority of the organizations with grants are non-profits working for the public benefit and over 60% of these have revenues of less than $300,000. So even a small reduction in funding will significantly affect them. A majority of the organizations with NM Arts grants provide some youth programming and a quarter of these provide dedicated programs for children and youth.

 In the past, we have advocated that the New Mexico Arts grant fund should be increased to restore the levels provided historically.  We strongly support this initiative, since arts and cultural industries generate close to $150 Million in revenues for state and local governments in New Mexico. Plus, importantly they are a primary attraction for statewide tourism. No increases in the New Mexico Arts grant funding could have more than just negative economic consequences.

 Please contact us at to discuss further.



Jim Patterson - President


Great gratitude to Jim for getting that done!  We also want to share the impressive hand out distributed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and New Mexico Arts at the same meeting.  Click here to see thand out on our blog post on our regular website.

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Happy Veterans Day!

We'd like to offer our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to all of our Veterans, past and present, as well as all of those who server so selflessly.  Since we are writing here, we can also update you on the changes and updates we are making on this community.  

If you have a calendar item or event to share, please do so in the Events tab in the main menu above.  To post or comment in a sub Forum such as Artists, Arts Councils or such, open the Forum menu and click the area you wich to participate in.  

When you Join (Sign UP) you will get your own profile page, where you can share photos and tell other members about yourself, your art and or your Art Business.

To be able to comment or post, you must be a Member.  Membership is free, but all member requests must be approved to ensure you are a New Mexican and in the Arts and Culture realm. Artists, Art businesss, Museums, Cultural Centers, Dancers, Musicians, Storytellers and more.  Check out the post in Arts Councils to get links to book performers and to share your thoughts on the questions in that post.

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you here!

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"Old Pass Christmas"

(Think Small - Nice Christmas Gifts)


All entries must be original works

(painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography and textile)


Old Pass Gallery will accept up to 10 pieces of artwork on

November 7 & 8, 2018 from 10am to 4pm

Entry fee for this show is $5.00 per piece

($2.50 if you are an Artist Member)



The show will open to the public on November 13, 2018


Let's show Raton and our tourists our great talent in the area and encourage everyone to shop locally for their Christmas Gifts.




For additional information or questions, or call (575) 445-2052



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National Parks Arts Foundation: Three Amazing month long artist residencies with stipends available. Deadline September 7, 2018. Two residencies at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico and one in Loggerhead Key in Florida. All media accepted! Each with $2,000 stipend. Artist couples especially welcome. 
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After lots of hard work and the support of many, we were unable to save this great fair.  Lets give them a farewell BANG! Attend the final event June 22-24 at the Manuel Lujan building on the Fairgrounds in Albuquerque.  Will miss you for sure.

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