Call for Panelists!

New Mexico Arts is seeking individuals interested in serving as grant application review panelists for our FY25 Annual grant cycle.

Panelists play a vital role in New Mexico Arts' work to provide support to nonprofit & government organizations offering a broad range of arts services & programs statewide.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Artists, arts professionals, community members, and others actively involved in and/or trained in the arts.
  • Individuals with expertise in one or more artistic disciplines (performing, visual, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary arts, traditional arts, economic development, or arts education) or administration.
  • Panelists are selected for their artistic or administrative experience. We strive to have them represent a range of artistic genres as well as geographic reach. Especially seeking panelists from rural areas.

What to Expect:

  • Panelists will review and score eligible applications online based on panel evaluation criteria for their assigned category (March 2024).
  • Panelists will attend a virtual orientation (February 2024).
  • Panelists receive an honorarium.

How to submit:

Fill out the online interest form here

Thank you!

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), a national economic and social impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. In New Mexico overall, the study shows the sector generated $740.9 million in economic activity during 2022: $267.5 million in spending by arts and culture organizations and an additional $473.4 million in event-related expenditures by their audiences.

Statewide, the arts supported 9,381 jobs; provided $363.2 million in personal income to residents; and generated $106.1 million in tax revenue.

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Back by popular demand!

2024 Poetry Ourselves New Mexico is a statewide original poetry competition for students in grades 9-12.


This is an opportunity for students to share their written poetry with the possibility of publication in New Mexico's 2nd Annual Poetry Ourselves New Mexico Anthology.


Students are encouraged to submit one original poem, typed and no longer than 50 lines. Poems may focus on any topic, but students should remember that winning entries may be presented to the public. This creative writing competition does not require a performance or recitation.


Poetry Ourselves New Mexico compliments the New Mexico Poetry Out Loud recitation program enhancing opportunities for students to study and perform masterworks of poetry.


No cost to submit. One poem only - make it your best!

Online submission of poem and entry form are due January 15, 2024

Contact: Kevin Lenkner, POL Coordinator

[email protected] 505 412-5791

Opportunities From Our Friends...

The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining and co-creating a more equitable and vibrant society. The 2024 grant cycle will provide grants to more than 90 new, live performance projects across the lands now known as the United States, including its territories and Indigenous tribal nations within.

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Apply now for the Native American Artist Fellowship Program at the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC)!

Every year the IARC offers three artists-in-residence fellowships for emerging and established Native artists. The IARC supports fellows in advancing and expanding their creative practices and provides full access to the IARC collections.

Each fellowship provides a monthly stipend, housing, a private studio space, a supplies allowance, and travel reimbursement to and from the School for Advanced Research.

Learn more and apply through the online portal at artists.sarweb.org!

Image features Warren Montoya, 2017 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow at the Artist Reception.

Call for Proposals: Augmented Reality Projects for Albuquerque’s Route 66 Centennial Celebration in Albuquerque

The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Arts & Culture invites proposals for Augmented Reality (AR) projects to commemorate the Centennial Celebration of Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Centennial Celebration will launch in May 2025 and continue through December 2026. As part of the celebration, we hope to integrate innovative AR experiences that showcase the rich history, cultural significance, and landmarks along Route 66 along the 18 mile stretch of Route 66/Central Ave in Albuquerque.

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Through grants and peer learning opportunities, ArtsHERE invests in organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to equity within their practices and programming, with the goal of increasing arts participation for underserved groups/communities and sharing insights that may inform similar funding programs in the future.


Complete Guide to FREE Artist Grants and Opportunities in 2024

All the best artist grants, residencies, and open calls for 2024.

All of these calls are FREE to apply!

Click Here For More Information

Upcoming Cultural Events:

Jan 5, 2024

First Friday: Drawing in the Galleries


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Jan 5, 2024

Palace Avenue First Friday Art Walk


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Jan 13, 2024

2nd Saturday Art Hop in Truth or Consequences


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Jan 18, 2024

Family Art Lab


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Feb. 4, 2024

N.M. Art Book Club


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This Month's Book Club Selection:

Unbuttoned: Gay Life in the Santa Fe Arts Scene

Where gays live, creativity thrives! For over 100 years, the Santa Fe/Taos region of Northern New Mexico has nurtured a rich gay culture, yet most people have no idea what an enormous impact lesbians and gay men play, and have played, in shaping the art and cultural mecca of the American Southwest.

Cooper’s unbridled memoir takes you behind adobe walls and plunges you into the queer world that was Santa Fe artistic life in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. It’s packed with LGBT history, camp humor, fascinating anecdotes, 80 photographs, and the author’s personal encounters with such cultural icons as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Norman Rockwell, Buckminster Fuller, Tennessee Williams, Shirley MacLaine, and Elizabeth Taylor. But the heart of Cooper’s story spotlights the regional painters, potters, writers, poets, photographers, designers, tastemakers, and opera people he’s known and loved for 40 years.

Cooper gives voice to a dynamic LGBTQ community that helps make “the City Different” truly different. And who better to write an inside look at an untold story than a closeted copywriter who left a 10-year career in New York and Tokyo with advertising giant J. Walter Thompson, then bid adios to the ad biz, packed up his dreams, headed West, kicked open the closet door, and became a full-time painter and printmaker.


Join the N.M. Art Book Club at the NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART

on Feb 4, 2024, at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

to discuss Walter Cooper’s memoir: Unbuttoned: Gay Life in the Santa Fe Arts Scene" as we take a look at the current exhibition Out West: Gay and Lesbian Artists in the Southwest 1900-1969

Meet in the Plaza building lobby at 107 W Palace Ave, Sunday Feb. 4 @ Noon.


For more information, contact Abby Smith at 505-231-5065 @[email protected]

Order the Book Here


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A New Mexico with vibrant communities, meaningful quality of life, and a robust economy.

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