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).
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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