ARTSPeak                                                                          AuGUST 2013

Michael Battaglia, The Rocks Clapped Their Hands, Mixed Media on Plaster, Belen Public Library, Belen

Executive Director's Notes

Greetings from the Executive Director


We had a successful gathering this summer in Taos of leaders from our six state-authorized Arts and Cultural Districts, as well as some representatives from communities who are interested in receiving state designation as a district.


Our partner, the Economic Development Department's MainStreet program, is currently seeking applications from communities interested in becoming a state-authorized Arts and Cultural District. MainStreet received funds during the 2013 legislative session that will allow us to authorize two new districts in the coming year. The new districts would join the six authorized districts in Silver City, Las Vegas, Raton, Downtown Albuquerque, Taos and Los Alamos. Here is some background information for communities interested in applying for state designation as an Arts and Cultural District, and here is the 2013 application.


Our governor-appointed advisory New Mexico Arts Commission serves as the authorizing authority for the state Arts and Cultural Districts program, while Rich Williams, the director of New Mexico MainStreet, serves as the state coordinator under the state law passed in 2007. The place-based economic development and tourism program is designed to showcase and build upon the unique cultural and arts assets of each authorized district.


I was extremely honored and touched to receive MainStreet's first ever "Spirit of Partnership Award" during the 2013 New Mexico MainStreet Awards Ceremony in Taos on July 25. As I told Economic Development Department Secretary Jon Barela during the ceremony, Rich Williams and his MainStreet crew are easy to partner with, and we think the Arts and Cultural Districts program is an unprecedented and wonderful multiagency collaborative effort by MainStreet, New Mexico Arts, Historic Preservation Division, the Tourism Department, and private partners, including the McCune Foundation and the New Mexico Humanities Council.


Download the "Get Cultured," tourism rack card with information about each of our state-authorized districts. 

Speaking of exciting and fun partnerships, New Mexico Arts continues to work with the Navajo Nation Museum on Navajo TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment) with a

land-sensitive, temporary public art installation planned for September 20 at Chaco Canyon. 


I want to thank everyone who took part in our

online survey or one of our input sessions to help us update our strategic plan as part of our three-year partnership application to our federal funder, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which is due in late September. Your input and feedback are critical as we set our priorities for the next three years, especially given our limited staff and budget. And we will continue to seek ways to partner and collaborate to leverage our impact.


We will post a draft version of our new strategic plan on our website in the coming weeks and will seek feedback on the draft through the fall.

We plan to ask our advisory New Mexico Arts Commission to approve our new strategic plan at their upcoming meeting on November 14 in Santa Fe.


We piggy-backed our strategic planning efforts this past year with 10 community-engagement meetings held across New Mexico by our Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Secretary Veronica Gonzales. These meetings were aimed at helping all of us better define our collective priorities for arts and culture in New Mexico and to develop strategies to more effectively advocate for these issues. About 300 people attended these meetings led by Secretary Gonzales around the state in 2012 and 2013. Common themes that emerged are the need to develop a network for the arts and cultural industries in our state focused on advocacy, partnerships, and fundraising, as well raise the profile of DCA across our state.


In a related development, I'm pleased to report that Creative New Mexico, a new statewide arts advocacy organization, has taken a giant step forward by taking over the dormant 501 (c) 3 of the New Mexico Community Arts Network, a consortium of local arts councils from around the state, with board approval, and the election of new board members from across New Mexico. If you want to get involved with Creative New Mexico, please contact co-founder Mike Stevenson at We have long needed a statewide arts advocacy group in New Mexico to promote the creative economy in our state and to strengthen our arts and cultural infrastructure. Given the ongoing debate in Congress about possible devastating cuts to the NEA's budget, we all need to network and share information and best practices, as well as continue to beat the drum about the importance and impact of arts funding.


Mark your calendars and please plan to attend this year's 2013 Annual Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts scheduled Friday, September 27 in Santa Fe. This will be the 40th celebration of our governor's arts awards, which are a collaborative effort of New Mexico Arts, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Governor's Office, and other partners. The September 27 events kick off with a reception from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Governor's Gallery located outside the Governor's Office on the 4th floor of the State Capitol. The Governor's Gallery exhibit curated by Merry Scully of the New Mexico Museum of Art will feature artwork by this year's governor's arts awardees, as well as highlights about their lives and careers. The awards ceremony with Governor Susana Martinez and First Gentleman Chuck Franco follows at 5:15 p.m. at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art. Both events are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!


Loie Fecteau

Executive Director


Governor's Arts Awards 2013

Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Arts Commission have announced the seven artists and art supporters who will be recipients of the 2013 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.


" New Mexico's culture is anchored by our rich history of beautiful artwork and creativity," said Governor Martinez. "The talented artists and dedicated art supporters recognized as 2013 Governor's Arts Awards honorees enrich the quality of life all New Mexicans enjoy."


The 2013 Governor's Arts Awards recipients are: Edward Gonzales of Rio Rancho, Painter and Printmaker; Darren Vigil Gray of Santa Fe, Painter; Jenny Vincent of Taos, Musician; Jim Wagner of Taos, Painter/furniture maker; Frank Willett of Santa Fe, Ceramics/Potter; Aria Finch of Roswell - Major Contributor to the Arts; and the Mimbres Region Arts Council of Silver City - Major Contributor to the Arts.


This year marks the 40th annual celebration of

the Governor's Arts Awards, which were established in 1974 by Governor Bruce King

and First Lady Alice King to celebrate the role

that artists, craftspeople and arts supporters play

in the economic and cultural life of New Mexico. Throughout its existence, a diverse and prestigious list of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, playwrights, and potters have been honored.


Nominations for the awards are invited each year from arts groups and interested New Mexicans.

All nominations are reviewed by a committee of the New Mexico Arts Commission, which sends its recommendations to the full Commission and to the Governor. 


The 2013 Governor's Arts Awards ceremonies will be held on Friday, September 27th at 5:15 p.m. at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The ceremony is preceded by an afternoon reception and exhibition opening, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Governor's Gallery, 4th Floor, State Capitol. Both events are free and open to the public.














Prospectus #227

Call for Artists AIPP 2013 Purchase Initiative

Deadline:September 23, 2013


New Mexico Arts is pleased to announce the 2013 Purchase Initiative. Professional artists and galleries in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah are invited to submit qualifications along with three professional quality images of artwork available for purchase. Artists must currently reside in the states listed above. Galleries located in these states may submit qualifications on behalf of artists represented by

the gallery, regardless of residency. Finalists may be required to submit verifiable proof of residency prior to being awarded a purchase contract. 


The objective of the Purchase Initiative is to diversify the state's public art collection by purchasing artwork from artists in all stages of

their careers. All media in all genres, suitable for both interior and exterior display, will be

considered for purchase. Artwork must be durable, permanent, low-maintenance, and in compliance with ADA guidelines upon installation. 


Artwork will be purchased for publicly accessible buildings throughout the State of New Mexico. The facilities encompass a broad range of use

including, but not limited to, amphitheaters,

animal shelters, community centers, courthouses, educational institutions, fire stations, healthcare facilities, recreation complexes, rest areas, senior centers, etc. Participating sites will have a total budget equal to 1% of recent capital outlay allocations for new construction or renovation projects. New Mexico Arts will administer a maximum of two purchase contracts per site. 


Art work submitted should fall in the range of $1,000 - $40,000, all inclusive. Purchase

contracts will be limited to a $1,000 minimum for each piece or each series. Upon submission, the price of the artwork is considered all inclusive of

the following: materials, labor, insurance, taxes, commissions, fees, delivery, travel, museum

quality framing under Plexiglas, security-hanger installation, pedestal for small and large 3-dimensional works, Plexiglas bonnet for small 3-dimensional works, project plaque, as well as written and professional photographic documentation of the artwork. Participating sites have a predetermined 1% budget so price fluctuations will not be allowed after the

submission deadline. 


The deadline for receipt of submissions is

11:59 p.m. (MST) on September 23, 2012. There

is no application fee to apply for a project or to create an account in the system.  All materials

must be submitted according to the specifications outlined in CaFÉ. ONLY applications submitted through the CaFÉ. system will be accepted. Apply here.


In this Issue
Executive Director's Notes
Governor's Arts Awards 2013
Call for Artists
Poetry Out Loud 2014

The new school year is underway which means that the 2014 Poetry Out Loud program is gearing up.  Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students. Students begin reciting poetry at the classroom level in the fall, with winners proceeding to school level, state level, and national level in April each year during National Poetry Month. For the past eight years more than 7500 high school students from New Mexico have participated in the Poetry Out Loud state recitation competitions sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation.  New Mexico Arts invites your high school to participate,


For more information about Poetry Out Loud, visit the website. You can also follow us on Facebook year-round for the latest on Poetry Out Loud and more. Encourage your high school, literary, or theater community to become involved.


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