ARTSPeak                                                                          NOVEMBER 2012

Executive Director's Notes

Seasons Greetings from the Executive Director


We want to hear from you in the months ahead as New Mexico Arts updates our strategic plan next year and submits our three-year partnership application to our federal funder, the National Endowment for the Arts.


So please let us know what you like about your state arts agency. What could we do to serve you better? And how might we work together and collaborate to leverage our impact?


In the same vein, our Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Secretary Veronica Gonzales has been holding community engagement meetings across our state to better define our collective priorities for arts and culture in New Mexico and to develop strategies to more effectively advocate for these issues.


Regarding advocacy, our state's 60-day legislative session begins at noon on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.


We support and need your help in passing three bills being put forward by the state Economic Development Department (EDD) that would greatly benefit our Arts and Cultural Districts (ACDs) program, which is jointly managed by EDD's MainStreet program and New Mexico Arts, along with other partners. The Arts and Cultural District bills are being introduced by the Legislature's interim Economic and Rural Development Committee as committee bills and will be sponsored by Senator Sue Wilson Beffort in the Senate and Representative Patricia Lundstrom in the House. We hope you will help support passage of:

  • the Arts and Cultural District Clean-up Bill -- this would open up this program to our Native American tribes and pueblos, as well as counties, and would create a stronger program for place-based economic development and cultural tourism. This bill also has some statutory clean-up language so that the law tracks with the actual program.
  • $500,000 in capital outlay funds to capitalize the Arts and Cultural District Capital Fund. This would be used to make strategic economic investments in developing the districts' arts and cultural assets, and help address a $27 million backlog in capital projects in our districts. The 2007 law which created the Arts and Cultural District program set up this fund but it has never been capitalized.
  • $100,000 in a special appropriation to add two new community Arts and Cultural Districts. This would support planning, developing and organizing to build strong local programs -- and we currently have about 19 communities that would like to come on board as Arts and Cultural Districts but limited resources, and no funds, to help them.

New Mexico Arts also is seeking $200,000 in capital outlay funds for restoration and maintenance of our state public art collection. This capital outlay request for FY14 is embedded in the Department of Cultural Affair's overall request for capital outlay funds for restoration and maintenance funds, which includes several critical needs at our state museums and monuments.


Because this is a wide-open 60-day session, we will also be playing defense when necessary. So anything you can do to beat the drum to support our programs, including our arts services grants, our 1 percent for public art or Art In Public Places (AIPP) program, Arts Trails, Governor's Arts Awards, etc. would be much appreciated. And please be sure to thank our governor and legislators for continuing to support public funding for the arts in our state.


Given that the holiday season is upon us, please consider buying from our New Mexico artists when looking for something special for your family and friends. You can combine shopping with touring New Mexico by traveling along our Arts Trails, which are designed to put our artists on the map and bring the market to them. Or think about visiting one of our Department of Cultural Affairs museums, which have gift shops that feature the work of New Mexico artists.


If you are going to be in Washington DC over the holidays, please be sure to stop by the Ellipse to see the National Christmas Tree, as well as our New Mexico Christmas Tree, which, along with trees from all 50 states, will be along the Pathway of Peace, which will be lit each night from December 6, 2012 through January 1, 2013. First Gentleman Chuck Franco graciously helped the children at Fine Arts for Children and Teens (FACT) in Santa Fe make the New Mexico ornaments this year for the National Christmas Tree Program, which is co-sponsored by the National Park Services and the National Park Foundation.


Save the date - Culture Day will Monday, February 11, 2013 during the 60-day regular legislative session. New Mexico Arts will have a table off the Rotunda in our State Capitol, along with all the other DCA divisions. Please stop by and say hello!


Loie Fecteau
Executive Director



The College Art Association (CAA) in partnership with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, New Mexico Arts, and other supporting organizations, is presenting a dynamic event for working artists.


Don't miss this important professional development workshop. Explore the business of art and learn to professionalize your practice as you strive to deliver your work to a larger audience.


Seminar topics include:


Financial management

Legal estate planning

Grantor and grantee relationships

Pricing for profit, lending, and borrowing

Intellectual property rights

Artist residencies

Marketing in the digital age and social media

Tax guidance

Working with museums


You can also attend legal clinics on issues of concern to artists, and hear from a panel of prominent experts on realistic expectations from galleries, profit vs. not-for-profit, and portfolio reviews.


WHEN: FRIDAY NOV. 30, 5:30-7:30 PM  &

SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 8:30 AM-6 PM

WHERE: Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI)

On the campus of Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD)

ADDRESS: 1600 St. Michael's Drive

Santa Fe, NM


For more information or to register, visit the website.

First Gentleman Chuck Franco helps seven-year old Vanessa Diaz of Santa Fe make ornaments at Fine Arts for Children and Teens (FACT) for the National Christmas Tree and the New Mexico Christmas Tree on display from December 6, 2012 through January 1, 2013 along the Pathway to Peace on the Ellipse in Washington DC.
In this Issue
Executive Director's Notes
Professional Development for Artists
Funding by County FY2013
Call for Artists
American Voices Ensemble Applications
Poetry Out Loud

The New Mexico Arts Commission approved over $1 million dollars in total funding for 184 organizations and 4 folk arts apprenticeships. 


New Mexico Arts and the

University of New Mexico seek an

artist/artist team specializing in

lighting design, multimedia and

video installation for a public art

project at The Pit on the university's

south campus. The artwork

commissioned for the project will

enliven the stair tower at the

northeastern corner of the building

as a dynamic nighttime installation programmed to convey the excitement of the activities held at the facility, and will have a presence within the City of Albuquerque.


Budget: $200,000

Eligibility: United States

Deadline for Submission:

11:59 P.M. (MDT), Thursday,

January 31, 2013


Submission will be open on Monday,

December 3, 2012. Please see Current Opportunities.



American voices Ensemble applications


American Voices in partnership with the US Department of State's  

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is now accepting ensemble applications for the American Music Abroad 2013-2014 touring season.


The Nutcracker, New Mexico Ballet Company, Photo by Randy Talley

If you have already purchased your 2013 calendar don't forget to mark Sunday, March 3rd for the 2013 New Mexico state finals for the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest at the New Mexico Museum of Art.


Over 1,500 high school students across the state are currently memorizing poems and reciting them in their classrooms. The students will compete at the classroom level and then at the school level. School winners will come to Santa Fe in March to compete to become the state champion. The state champion will go on to Washington, DC in April 2013 to represent New Mexico at the national level.


This year's participating schools are

Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science, Albuquerque; Bosque School, Albuquerque; La Cueva High School, Albuquerque; Public Academy for Performing Arts, Albuquerque; Southwest Secondary Learning Center, Albuquerque; Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield; Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad; Clovis High School, Clovis; Deming High School, Deming; Las Montaņas Charter High School, Las Cruces; Oņate High School, Las Cruces; Raton High School, Raton; and, V. Sue Cleveland High School, Rio Rancho.


We hope you will join us to celebrate poetry and New Mexico's high school students.


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To preserve, enhance, and develop the arts in New Mexico through partnerships, public awareness, and education, and to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations.

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