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!
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 (https://www.nmlegis.gov/Staff_Directory?Entity=LFC) 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!
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.
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 (https://www.nmlegis.gov/Staff_Directory?Entity=LFC) 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!
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!
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!
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 email@example.com 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. https://www.creativenewmexico.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/LFC-Nov-Hearing-RevisedReduced.pdf
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.
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.
John J. McDermott, CPLP
Learning and Performance Consultant
jjm at jkintl.com 575/737-8556
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Add an A for the Arts To STEM and get STEAM and a strong engine to move forward.
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.
I am a volunteer member on the board of the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair.
Please welcome the Questa Creative Council to our group. The Questa Creative Council seeks to strengthen and sustain community enrichment and economic opportunities through arts, culture, history and education. Their programs include Wild Rivers Plein Air Paint Out, Questa Art Tour, Questa Chamber Music Series, NeoRio 2018, and the Alumbra de Questa Christmas Craft Market. For more information about what is happening in Questa contact Peggy Trigg @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Roger Harrington @ email@example.com.
Manzano Mountain Arts Council has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds to repair its roof. The roof was damaged when a fire swept through downtown in December of 2016. To find out more or donate: https://www.gofundme.com/4nh4s-roof-repair
Libraries as Launchpads
The New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, has partnered with Creative Startups, Fab Lab Hub, NMSU Arrowhead Center and regional libraries to offer Libraries as Launchpads. These labs are a bootcamp style program designed to generate future-facing jobs for New Mexicans by supporting startups in the creative industries across the state. Local library partners include libraries in Santa Fe (Southside), Raton, Las Cruces, and Zuni. Applications open February 19th. For more information: http://creativestartups.org/libraries-launchpads
National Endowment for the Arts Budget
As many of you know, New Mexico Arts grant funding is partially supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). While funding for current FY18 grantees and FY19 applicants is not impacted, the President has zeroed out the budget for the NEA for the following year. This has the potential to impact our FY20 applicants who begin the application process this fall. NEA Chairman Jane Chu says in her statement “We understand that the President’s budget request is a first step in a very long budget process. We stand ready to assist in that process as we continue to operate as usual.” To read the full statement please click here: https://www.arts.gov/news/2018/statement-national-endowment-arts-chairman-jane-chu We will keep you updated as we learn more.
New Creative Placemaking Resources
An action oriented guide to arts in community development from the National Endowment for the Arts.
From the National Association of Counties in partnership with Americans for the Arts and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Part of the Creative Counties Placemaking Initiative to support counties as they work to identify and strengthen ways to integrate arts into solutions to local challenges.
From the Trust for Public Land. “We define creative placemaking as a cooperative, community-based process using arts and cultural expression to create or rejuvenate parks and open spaces, thus deepening a sense of place and inspiring community pride.”
From the Local Initiatives Support Corporation analyzing what arts and culture add to community development efforts, particularly insights to how these programs had an impact on economic and social change. The series also includes papers on artists as leaders in community development (Not Just Murals) and the economic benefits of arts-and-culture led community development (More Than Storefronts).
Share your news directly with other local arts councils using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, let us know if there are others who may be interested in receiving news and announcements of importance to local arts councils.
Jenice E. Gharib
Grants Program & Policy Director
Arts & Cultural Districts / Local Arts Councils
Art Trails / Economic & Entrepreneurial Development
New Mexico Arts / Department of Cultural Affairs
Join New Mexico Arts at the Southwest Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit April 6 & 7 in Denver, Colorado
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!
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
NEA Challenge America
April 12, 2018
Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Education Grants
Deadlines are February 15 and August 15.
Limited to seven northern NM counties. Not limited to STEM.
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.
Our supporters, members and friends know that funding for DCA and NMArts is almost always under fire. It is time to make our collective voice heard. Here is the list: (CALL!!!!!)
House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) Members – 2018 Session
House Appropriations and Finance Committee
Patricia A. Lundstrom D Chair Gallup 505-986-4316
George Dodge, Jr. D Vice Chair Santa Rosa 505-986-4318
Paul C. Bandy R Member Aztec 505-986-4214
Randal S. Crowder R Member Clovis 505-986-4243
Kelly K. Fajardo R Member Los Lunas 505-986-4221
Harry Garcia D Member Grants 505-986-4433
Jimmie C. Hall R Member Albuquerque 505-986-4215
Larry A. Larrañaga R Member Albuquerque 505-986-4215
Antonio Maestas D Member Albuquerque 505-986-4438
Sarah Maestas Barnes R Member Albuquerque 505-986-4221
Rodolpho “Rudy” S. Martinez D Member Bayard 505-986-4248
Nick L. Salazar D Member Ohkay Owingeh 505-986-4432
Tomás E. Salazar D Member Las Vegas 505-986-4436
James E. Smith R Member Sandia Park 505-986-4233
Candie G. Sweetser D Member Deming 505-986-4255
Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson D Member Albuquerque 505-986-4249
James G. Townsend R Member Artesia 505-986-4450
Christine Trujillo D Member Albuquerque 505-986-4249
Link to House of Representatives offices & phone numbers at NM State Capitol:
Next meeting on Wednesday, December 13 at 1pm
Jim Patterson, President; Katherine McDermott; Technology; Ron Behrmann, Vice President; Mary Lyle; Terri Salazar; Flo Trujillo, Secretary; Patsy Jackson; Kathleen Albers. Welcome - Claudia Gallardo de Campbell from DCA.
As rain is falling from the sky I'm thinking we should try to get to know one another a bit. No life stories required. I'll start. I already shared my name is Katherine. I live in a rammed earth home that I built in 1994 between Angel Fire and Eagle Nest, 8500 up in the mountains. I am a fine artist...and when selling paintings is slow do contract work in social media marketing and website development and management. That is what I'm doing here, for Creative New Mexico! You can see more about me on my website, www.katherinesfineart.com ;
Now, your turn! Comment below with a bit about you! Let's get the conversation going!
In the past 24 hours we have seen an impressive uptick in new memberships! Welcome to all of you! If you want to keep up with new conversations or posts, you can check back as you have time. We know you are all busy, we all are! Our hope is that this site will link us all together throughout New Mexico. It is easy to feel isolated...artists, arts organizations, museums, and government all spread far and wide across this Land of Enchantment! If you want promote an event...do so! If you want to ask a question, go for it. If you discovered a new way to put the square peg in a round hole...SHARE IT! Now that you are a member you can comment on posts, respond to comments and questions and participate in creating and sustaining conversation. So, it's nice to meet you! My name is Katherine and I am the site creator and administrator. Right now I am the only one...but as we grow we hope others will step in to help. Let me know if you have questions, simply comment on the post and I'll see it. Thanks for joining. It will be fun to see where we go with this!
While this site is being built as we write, we want to invite you to look around. This is a new online community designed for you. Our creative culture in New Mexico takes many forms. Individual artists working in studios scattered across the many miles of varied environment in our great State. Many museums, arts councils, arts institutions, galleries, concert halls and much more work tirelessly to create, sustain and promote a flurry of divergent arts experiences. We hope this site will be a place to bring all of that together. Where you can interactively learn, discuss and grow. Share events, opportunities and needs. It might be a bit before we are ready to launch, we'll keep working, and always desire to hear from you. Please be aware that all photos shared are provided by our members, and copyright is retained by them. No photos may be copied or downloaded.
Click on the forums tab and find a discussion category to enter. Or hover over the Forums tab and see the topic areas. Click on an area and read the posts. If you wish, follow up on a discussion or post a new one! We will be adding more and more as time goes on. Anyone can read what is written, but only members can comment and enter discussions. As we grow, artist members will be able to promote their events and openings. Government Officials will be able to make announcements and conduct polls. Watch as we move ahead.
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