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).

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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

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.


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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.

Join New Mexico Arts at the Southwest Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

Join New Mexico Arts at the Southwest Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

April 6 & 7 in Denver, Colorado

The Southwest Summit’s themes include entrepreneurship and equity, creative placemaking in border communities, creative placemaking in mountain towns, and Latino creative placemaking.

Leadership Summits attract a wide range of professionals. These include elected and public officials, developers, representatives of foundations, community and economic development professionals, urban planners and designers, leaders of cultural organizations and, of course, artists and other creative professionals.

Confirmed sessions include:

How Arts Vibrant is Your Community?

Creative Placemaking through Public Art

Why is Your Town Not “The World?”: Rural America’s Next Bold Idea

Place-Based Digital Youth Storytelling: A Mobile Workshop

Artists Working in Collaboration with Municipal Governments

To find out more or to register go to:

The Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit is presented by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking. Major sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America.


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



Join New Mexico Arts at the Southwest Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit April 6 & 7 in Denver, Colorado

Time to Call to support funding for NM Department of Cultural Affairs and New Mexico Arts!

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:

NHCC Events for December 5-17

Events for December 5-17


The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment

 The NHCC and Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells, and full live orchestra under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, present The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment, December 15-17 in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Resplendent in tradition, The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment is uniquely flavored with New Mexico heritage while maintaining the classical grace of its origins–the perfect holiday treat for the whole family! La Fonda del Bosque, NHCC newest on-campus restaurant will be extending their hours for those going to see this performance. You can make reservations on their website.

Happy Arte Hour: Straw Appliqué Ornaments

Come enjoy a night of adult artmaking on Thursday, December 7 at 5:30 pm. Award-winning artist Martha Vároz Ewing will teach you how to make straw appliqué ornaments and, as always, you can buy delicious snacks and refreshments (including beer, wine and boozy milkshakes) from Pop Fizz. Please register so we know how many materials to prepare.

La Canoa: Under the Canopy of the Cottonwoods of Alameda

Dr. Jerry Gurule, Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UNM, will present us with a vivid look at the community of Alameda on December 16 at 2 pm in the NHCC History and Literary Arts building. This is, in part, a visual journey of the past and present interwoven among the “alamos“of the area. These were communities filled with their share of rapscallions and heroes, but communities we fondly referred to as “mi gente,” a people with a deep appreciation of the space they occupied.

NHCC Library Latin Dance Book Collection Open Houses

On December 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm come to the NHCC Library’s Latin Dance Book Collection Open House. You will have a chance to view the Latin Dance Book Collection, make free photocopies from the collection, and enjoy a dance demonstration by the Rueda505 dancers. Thank you to the New Mexico Library Foundation for the grant that made this possible!



The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style

Featuring approximately 430 handmade ornaments by more than 125 New Mexican artists that have been collected by the Duran family (Matt, Jeanette, and their son Gabriel) over nearly 20 years, this exhibit will be in the NHCC Art Museum until January 7, 2018–so don’t miss your chance to see it!


Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series

On Thursday December 7 at 7 pm come see Where God Left His Shoes. Jobless and living with his family in a homeless shelter, a one-time boxer takes his 10-year-old stepson with him as he hustles for work on Christmas Eve. Praised as John Leguizamo’s “truest performance on film,” this is the story of a family who discover that they will survive as long as they have each other. On December 14 at 7 pm come see How to Be a Latin Lover. When an aging gigolo is kicked to the curb by his 80-year-old millionaire wife, he is forced to move in with his estranged sister and her young son. Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, he attempts to reignite his powers as a Latin lover and win over the wealthy widowed grandmother of his nephew’s schoolmate.

Awards Ceremony: Second Cervantes Drawing and Painting Contest for New Mexico Students

On December 9 at 2 pm, come see who will be the top winners of the second drawing contest presented by Instituto Cervantes, the NHCC, and the Spanish Resource Center. For this contest, students aged 6 to 15 were invited to submit original drawings depicting any subject matter relating to great Spanish or Latin American painters.


Recurring Events: Cuban Salsa, Colcha, Saturdays at the Museum, and Mundos de Mestizaje

Every Tuesday at the NHCC is ¡Baile! Casino de Rueda (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class. On Thursday, December 15 join our monthly gathering for colcheras of all skill levels led by Annette Gutierrez Turk. And son’t miss Saturdays at the Museum each week starting at 2 pm (free with cost of museum admission). Or, come see Mundos de Mestizaje, Frederico Vigil’s fresco depicting thousands of years of Hispanic and pre-Hispanic history, every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

Mark Your Calendar!

Chispa: NM Jazz Latino Orchestra, From the Beginning

January 13, 2018  $27, $32 w/ $3 off for NHCC Members

The New Mexico Jazz Latino Orchestra’s latest offering From the Beginning is a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, a pioneer of Latin Jazz in the U.S., and also to the greatest composer of criollo and Afro-Peruvian classics, Chabuca Granda. Come hear new original arrangements, Latin jazz standards, and even an Afro-Peruvian dance number, performed by Doug Lawrence, César Bauvallet, Jackie Zamora, and Tito Manrique, a Salsa Criolla guitarist, composer, and arranger from Lima, Peru.
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Two artists present Cruzando in the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery



For Immediate Release

Augustine Romero



Two artists present Cruzando in the KiMo Theatre art gallery

The journey of two artists on display beginning December 14 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Henry Morales and Kerry Bergen’s Cruzando is a journey of two artists crossing external borders in ancient and futuristic worlds. The artists’ illustrations intersect with nature, animals and people as vehicles to connect at different points in space and time. The fusion of culture and fantasy creates a dialogue of travel across time and connects the viewer with past, present and future worlds. Cruzando will be on display at the KiMo Theatre art gallery from December 14, 2017 to February 5, 2018.

An opening reception will be on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 5-8 p.m. It was Morales’ travels to Brazil, the Amazon and the Himalayas where he gained insight about his visions and spiritual stories through his art. Morales

Zia Biker by Henry Morales

translates images by carving wood and using paper and ink as a catalyst. The intricately carved organic wood cuts reflect a culture deeply embedded in his family roots.The prints are composed of indigenous flora, fauna and fantastic characters entwined with textured cuts and pathways that bring his stories to life. “Living in the southwest for most of my life and connecting with the ancient people who have lived here, I have experienced a deep understanding of the culture and land,” Morales said. He explains that his awareness as an artist is enhanced by real life observations of nature and landscapes that he then transforms into woodcuts. Morales explores the unification of human form and nature using an organic process of natural materials. The stories are embedded in the wood which are carved out intuitively and create bodies of work that reflect his travels and culture. Morales’ studies have been focused on lithography at the McNay Art Institute in San Antonio, Texas and San Antonio College of Fine Arts. As a muralist, his work has been commissioned by Lincoln Mercury and television productions. He has exhibited in galleries in New Mexico and Texas.  Local cultural events have given Morales the opportunity to mentor and teach print making to children and families in the community.

Morales’ prints are juxtaposed with boldly colored, cultural themes of Bergen’s contemporary illustrations. Images of ravens morphed from rulers of ancient lands time travel over deserts to collect and preserve seeds as a woman waiting for her ride transports into the future to become an Aztec astronaut. Iconic images of young women are portrayed as incarnations of

Aztec Astronauts by Kerry Bergen

inner strength and courage.

Bergen explains that her art is an interpretation of social, historical and cultural arts.

“In my work, I deconstruct iconic images and interpret them by building on symbolic messages,” she said. “Having engaged in subjects as diverse as the Mexican Revolution, Latino arts, traditional Spanish Colonial arts and pop culture, I reproduce familiar visual signs and some derived from ancient motifs, arranging them into conceptually layered pieces.”

In Bergen’s work, elements of the uniqueness of the natural world overlap and serve as a vehicle to convey the influence of nature. Her intention is to bring awareness of identity in nature and how it connects us in community, culture and tradition.

Bergen teaches multicultural and fine arts workshops to children and adults in public and private schools, art centers and museums. She began teaching in 2000 and has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of children and families from many diverse cultures through out New Mexico.

Bergen attended UNM College of Fine Arts, CNM, The Art Center Design College, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Continuing Education Latin American Iberian Institute. Bergen’s mission is to help children and families learn more about the diversity in their world and how we live simultaneously, in multiple cultures with the intention to introduce a concept of art, the tools with which to create it, and to guide them to make beautiful art using their own individual insights.

2017 is a season of celebration as the historic KiMo Theatre turns 90. The KiMo was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1977. The KiMo Theatre is operated by the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. The Theatre is centrally located at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) and there is a large parking facility right behind the Theatre at 5th and Copper. Visit or call 311/711 for up-to-date information on the wide variety of entertainment options offered at this unique venue.

Traditional Guadalupe retablos and contemporary works to be on display at South Broadway Cultural Center




For Immediate Release

Chloe Nieto



Traditional Guadalupe retablos and contemporary works to be on display at South Broadway Cultural Center

Annual exhibit is part of The Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Traditional Guadalupe retablos and contemporary works will be on display at the South Broadway Cultural Center from December 9, 2017 to January 5, 2018 as part of the annual “The Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe”.

This is the 91st year of fiesta’s procession which is led by Los Guadalupanos and St. Francis Xavier Church. The procession will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9 following the 5:30 p.m. mass. The procession will stop by the gallery as it traverses through the community. South Broadway Cultural Center has been participating in this community event since 1971.

An altar created by Julieta Carmona will also be on display. The opening art reception is on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Admission is free.

To all of our followers and Friends: We could use your help!

Hi all, and thank you to the many friends and followers.  We are in the process of writing grants for funds. Can you help us?  We need images from your events, your exhibits, your art that you might be willing to share with us as members of our organization. We would love to show the world the wonderful work you make.  You can comment to this post and add your image with title and permission to use or email it to us at

Thank you. We love to share what you! Go Art!

Theatre Santa Fe sponsors the first ever Theatre Walk!

Saturday • September 16th,  3 to 6 p.m.

Siler Arts District

(Siler Road/Rufina Street)

Come meet your favorite actors and

find out more about the vibrant theatre groups in town.

Get involved in the theatre scene!

This is a great family fun day, and it’s FREE!

Stroll from one venue to another.

Watch short performances from

fourteen different theatre companies at seven different venues.

Performances start at 3:00 p.m. and will begin every half hour until 5:30.

Eat at the food trucks, enjoy the street performers,

win prizes, and more.  Please join us! Maps will be at each venue.

See you on the street!

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