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Let's Chat: Looking for Funding

In the last few months I have read of the demise or potential demise of two popular annual New Mexico art shows. I am terrifically saddened by this. It is more than missing the art and the camaraderie of the artists. It is a loss of economic opportunity for artists in our State. Reasons for the cancellation or potential cancellation of the events range from the difficulty of managing them to a lack of government contribution to the expenses.

In the latter case, the potential for reduced government involvement in underwriting community events has been discussed for a few years. Organizations have long been encouraged to find additional funding sources. For whatever reasons, the sponsors of these events been reluctant to find additional underwriters. Maybe it is the belief that the governments should see the benefit in sales and lodgers' taxes the events bring to the communities. Maybe it is the belief that a commercial sponsor would somehow "taint" the event. I think the local government sponsorship train has left the station in most areas. It is time to re-evaluate commercial sponsorship, underwriting, or other sources of outside funding.

The need for funding likely exceeds the marketing funds available for sponsorships. It would be nice if it didn't, but I believe that is the case at least for now. As businesses see the benefits of sponsoring events -- increased business, tax deductions, good PR -- the number and of sponsorships and their dollar values are likely to increase.  Perhaps Creative New Mexico can work with the State and with marketing experts to:

a) act as place (via the CNM online community) for sharing information and ideas about event sponsorship and other issues related to economic development through the arts,

b) create a document or package to help local organizations make a case for commercial sponsorship or underwriting of events

c) assist local organizations to connect with potential sponsors.

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John J. McDermott, CPLP
Learning and Performance Consultant
jjm at jkintl.com 575/737-8556
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New Mexico Arts would like you to support "Keep NM Arts & Crafts Fair Alive!"

The Fairs mission is to promote a premier juried New Mexico arts and crafts event that showcases the most talented artists and craftspeople and creates a significant economic impact throughout the state.

The Fair also encourages and supports youth artists ensuring that future generations will have a venue to display and sell their work directly to the public.

Donations will help pay for rental of the facilities to put on the Fair, advertising of the fair, administrative costs, the Youth Art Exhibit at the Fair (drawing around 1,000 entries K-12 from throughout New Mexico),youth mentoring programs, support for Keynote Exhibits at the Fair, and help keep the Fair financially viable past this years 57th Annual New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair.

Those benefiting from the Fair are New Mexico artists and craftspeople, national and international artists and craftspeople, New Mexico youth artisans, and other non-profits that we help out through the year.

We need funding immediately to help continue our mission for the Fair, as well as ongoing donations throughout the year.

The New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair is the 2nd oldest continually run arts event in New Mexico, after Indian Market. http://www.nmartsandcraftsfair.org

As a 501(c)3 non-profit we've relied on grants and sponsorship's the keep the Fair alive. The economy since 2008 has had a major impact on our sponsorship support, and the past few years there have been drastic reductions in grants from New Mexico Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, and others. The current administration is now proposing to deny support to the National Endowment of the Arts, creating a funding shortfall throughout the arts.

https://youtu.be/mZDHYx23lZg

I am a volunteer member on the board of the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair.

 

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Big News From New Mexico Arts!

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gallupARTS has received a $10,000 Challenge America award from the NEA. The funds will be used to support an artist residency by a Native American artist from the region. A total of $350,000 was received by New Mexico organizations in the latest round of Art Works awards of which Challenge America is a part. Others awarded funding include Native Capacity Builders in Farmington and NMSU in Las Cruces. See below for the latest Challenge America deadlines.

 

Please let us know about your successes!

 

 

Artist Opportunities

The Albuquerque Arts Board seeks to purchase existing works of art that will become part of the permanent collection of the Albuquerque Public Art Urban Enhancement Division. The committee seeks large and medium scale works of art made by artists residing in New Mexico in a range of media including painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, photography (for all digital photography original works must be printed on archival paper using archival inks), weaving, mixed media and assemblage. The committee is especially interested in larger scale, original two-dimensional works of art suitable for the Convention Center as well as for various hallways in City Hall. (Giclee reproductions of original works will not be accepted.) Submission Deadline: March 2, 2018  download full prospectus Apply Here Artists interested in applying for the existing works of art purchase must submit using CaFE (Call for Entry). www.callforentry.org

 

 

Funding Opportunities

NEA Challenge America

April 12, 2018

https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/grant-program-description

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Education Grants

Deadlines are February 15 and August 15.

Limited to seven northern NM counties. Not limited to STEM.

Click here: Education Outreach Grants and Community Outreach Grants

 

 

Arts & the Military

New Mexico Arts held its third Arts & the Military summit on January 9, 2018 in Roswell.  The thirty-five participants represented education, active-duty as well as retired military, artists, musicians, actors, art and music therapists, librarians, a horse rescue operation owner and others who support the arts in military settings.  The event was hosted by the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI). The report on the summit is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/chr8yh5rn3zbu3n/NMArts%26Military%20Report%20F2%20copy.pdf?dl=0

 

 

Platinum Music Awards Nominations Open

The New Mexico Music Commission Foundation (NMMCF) will present the second annual Platinum Music Awards (PMA) ceremony and show on August 30, 2018, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. At this gala event, six of New Mexico’s music legends will receive the Platinum Music Award for lifetime achievement. All, including arts councils, are invited to nominate musicians, bands, music teachers, producers and any person or organization based in the state that have contributed significantly to our musical culture. The nomination form and instructions can be downloaded from www.newmexicomusic.org. Nominations are accepted between February 1 and March 15 and will be reviewed by a jury of music industry experts chosen by the New Mexico Music Commission. The honorees will be announced April 19. Proceeds of the 2018 Platinum Music Awards will benefit the Music Commission’s Music Education initiatives, most notably its Music in the Schools and ART2ART projects. Visit www.platinummusicawards.org for details about the awards ceremony and show.

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