News and Opportunities from New Mexico Arts


Thanks so much to Creative Carlsbad Arts Council and Carlsbad’s emerging Arts & Cultural District for welcoming New Mexico Arts, New Mexico MainStreet, and the Historic Preservation Division to their city. A special shout out to Julie Chester, president of the arts council, for her energy and leadership.


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. Apply to Chaco here. Apply to Loggerhead Key here.

AFTA is looking for your ideas for the 2019 Annual Convention in the Twin Cities, NM, June 13-16, 2019. Anyone can submit (you don’t have to be a member of Americans for the Arts), and while you’re welcome to submit a fully-formed session proposal, they’ve set things up so that you’re equally welcome to submit much less—a sentence detailing something you’re interested in, a great example or speaker you think needs to be on their radar, or a general topic area you think is crucial to discuss. The theme of the 2019 Annual Convention is Genuine Community. They’ve adjusted and expanded their topic areas this year, with new specific focuses on Creative Youth Development, Civic Design, Operations and Internal Capacity, Social Impact, and Revenue Generation joining the topic areas (Research, Advocacy, Leadership, Grantmaking, Partnership, etc)  that you know and love. Deadline: October 15, 2018. Link: Questions: Email Clay Lord at


A new report from the Kresge Foundation: Creative Placemaking and Expansion of Opportunity. “At its best, Creative Placemaking builds on a community’s cultural assets and leads to healthier places where all people, particularly those from historically marginalized communities, can thrive. It helps to elevate, shape and sometimes transform the physical, social, cultural and economic qualities of neighborhoods. It is fueled by the imagination of community residents and stakeholders, artists, designers and culture bearers often working along with community developers, urban planners and people from other fields.”

 Check out American’s for the Arts 10 Reasons to Support the Arts. A helpful tool when talking to legislators, municipal leaders, and your community.

Some Interesting Reading/Watching/Listening

We’re terrible at planning our time

Using Story to Change Systems

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Jenice E. Gharib

Grants Program & Policy Director

Arts & Cultural Districts / Local Arts Councils

Arts Trails / Economic & Entrepreneurial Development

New Mexico Arts / Department of Cultural Affairs


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