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Get Ready for the Wild Rumpus!

Join us at the Farmington Public Library for a celebration of the iconic author and illustrator Maurice Sendak! Presented by the Farmington Public Library Foundation.

The Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition is a retrospective of original works by Maurice Sendak. The collection has been on tour since 2013, the 50th anniversary of the publication of Where the Wild Things Are.

This collection is exclusive to one location in each state, and the Farmington Public Library is the only place in New Mexico where you will be able to see rare and exclusive works by Maurice Sendak.

Exhibit Dates: March 10 – April 22
Exhibit Hours:    Monday thru Thursday, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm


$1 for children under 18
$3 for adults
Registration for groups is required. Please call 599-1273 for details.

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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.

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.


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News from New Mexico Arts


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 @ or Roger Harrington @


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:


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:


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: We will keep you updated as we learn more.


New Creative Placemaking Resources

How to Do Creative Placemaking

An action oriented guide to arts in community development from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Creative Placemaking Toolkit for Counties,

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. 


The Field Guide for Creative Placemaking and Parks

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.”


Arts, Culture, and Community Outcomes: What Four LISC Projects Accomplished

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


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

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Big News From New Mexico Arts!


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).



Funding Opportunities

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.

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:



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 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 for details about the awards ceremony and show.

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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:

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Share a bit about yourself!

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, ;

Now, your turn!  Comment below with a bit about you!  Let's get the conversation going!

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Welcome New Members!

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 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!

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Employment Opportunity

The Silver City Arts & Cultural District (SCACD), a nonprofit located in the Historic District of Silver City, New Mexico, seeks a full-time Executive Director for Arts, Culture, and Tourism. The Executive Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all organizational activities, as well as staff and volunteers. The Executive Director represents the community locally, regionally, and nationally - as appropriate - and guides the organization as its objectives evolve. The position is responsible for management of the SCACD, including the development of tourism promotions - in coordination with Grant County Tourism - for the Town of Silver City through Visit Silver City; management of the Murray Ryan Visitor Center; implementation of the Silver City Arts & Cultural District Cultural Plan; and oversight of all SCACD endeavors, such as the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. This position will also help with the annual CLAY Festival, the organization's signature event.

 Qualified applicants should have experience with nonprofit organization management, strategic planning, grant writing, grant administration, arts and cultural programming, tourism marketing, event coordination, public relations, and collaborative community building.

 Interested applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and three professional references for review.

 This position has an annual salary of $36,000. It does not provide benefits other than two weeks of paid time off.

 Please see the full job listing:

 The application closing date is Friday, August 18, 2017.

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Posting Tips


Welcome to the community.  Just a note (we will be adding some videos to help you use this site).  If you are writing a post and want to add a is different than Wordpress. Look just to the right of Add: and you will see the word LINK in blue.  To add an active hyperlink, click there.  That is Tip 1.  Thank you for posting!

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Welcome to Creative New Mexico!

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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