Time is running out to nominate worthy
New Mexicans for the 2023
Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts!

Nominations for the awards may include individual New Mexican artists currently working in any discipline who have demonstrated outstanding achievement; individuals who have consistently made significant or distinguished contributions to the arts in New Mexico; or businesses, nonprofits, or foundations with sustained involvement in and support for the arts.
Nominations may come from individuals, organizations, or businesses in New Mexico. Galleries may not nominate artists they represent, and self-nominations will not be accepted.
Click here to complete the 2023 online nomination form.

The nomination deadline is Friday, May 5, 2023, at 4:00pm MDT.
Poetry Out Loud National Finals Return to Washington, DC
May 9–10, 2023, and will be streamed live at
This annual event brings together high school students from across the country who memorize and recite classic and contemporary poems, competing for the title of national champion and the $20,000 prize.
Join us to cheer on Rutendo Musharu, New Mexico's 2023
Poetry Out Loud Champion
Arts & The Military Mini Grant Awardees Announced

Ten organizations have been awarded Arts & the Military Mini Grants from funding appropriated by the State Legislature to New Mexico Arts. Proposals were received from twenty-six organizations seeking support for Learning based, Audience based or capacity building activities that met one of the following Arts & The Military program goals:
1. Create more opportunities for military and veteran audiences – including active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, their families and caregivers, and others – to meaningfully engage with the arts.
2.  Build capacity among New Mexico organizations to offer arts programs for military-connected participants.
We look forward to sharing images, stories, and learnings from the field as arts and military connected organizations collaborate. A second round of Mini Grants is anticipated to be announced later this summer for FY2024 funding. Congratulations to these organizations:
Forward Flag Wellness Center - Albuquerque
Grant County Community Concert Association - Silver City
Manzano Mountain Arts Council, INC. - Mountainair
Not Forgotten Outreach, INC. - Taos
Otero Arts, INC. - Alamogordo
The Paseo Project, Inc. - Taos
Rio Communities Action Network - Rio Communities
SouthWest Writers Workshop - Albuquerque
Santa Fe Children's Museum - - Santa Fe

For more information about the Arts & The Military Program, contact NMA Staff, Kevin Lenkner at 505 412-5791 or via email at
Documentary Screening by Artists in Residence
Dez Baa' & David Henderson
Saturday, May 13th - 12:30pm
Bosque Redondo Memorial
3647 Billy the Kid Drive, Fort Sumner, NM

Watch the livestream of
Through My Eyes:
Reflections on Bosque Redondo here

Pecos River Walk Audio Tour and Bench Dedication
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Grant Opportunities & Open Calls From Our Friends...
Opportunities for Artists
City of Albuquerque Public Art opportunities for artists and designers.

Wholly Rags
Arte de Descartes XXIII
Prospectus for Arte de Descartes XXIII is here as a PDF.
90% recycled – juried art from discards show
Location: Stables Gallery 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte,
Taos, NM
8/26 – 9/4, 2023

Description: Art made from all sources of discarded materials: metal, cloth, wood, plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, etc.

Deadline to enter:
Tuesday August 1, 2023, 5pm
Queer|Art is pleased to open applications for the fourth annual Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists.

Developed and named in partnership with Mariette Pathy Allen, Aaryn Lang, and Serena Jara, this $10,000 grant, awarded to draw attention to an existing body of work, sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work.

Winning artists will receive additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development
in the field. 
For the New Realism / Altered Reality open call, show how you communicate your interpretation of reality.
All visual genres welcome:
painting, photography, collage, mixed media, sculpture, NFT’s, etc.
Please supplement your artwork with a written statement
explaining how your art expresses the theme of New Realism / Altered Reality

In 2014, Axle Contemporary produced an exhibition called Economologies. Part of that was a series of small (tiny) grants for arts projects: five grants of ten dollars each. We named those NANOGRANTS. Now, nine years later, they are reprising the idea.
The 2023 Nanogrants series has been adjusted for inflation and everything else that has happened in the past decade. They will now offer six grants in the amount of forty dollars each. In addition to the money delivery, over the course of six weeks In June and July they will publish and promote one recipient’s proposal and project information each week on the Axle Contemporary website and social media channels.
As an arts organization with an interest in the experimental they are open to hearing and seeing all ideas, including ones that originate outside of traditional artistic disciplines. What would you want to do with forty dollars?
Axle Contemporary’s NANOGRANTS application is open to New Mexico residents only, but proposed projects may take place anywhere. Please send a proposal by email to with the word “NANOGRANTS” in the subject line. Or if you prefer OG technology, send by post to Axle Contemporary, PO Box 22095, Santa Fe, NM, 87502. Proposals may include written text, images, videos, sound recordings, performance, or whatever medium you may think of that is best used to convey your ideas.
All Submissions must be received by May 26, 2023.
Selected proposals will receive $40 and a dedicated webpage on Axle Contemporary’s website (, which will include the proposal, weblinks, artist (or other practitioner) information, social media handles, and images, video, and other stuff (as relevant).
 Asphalt Art Initiative responds to the growing number of cities around the world embracing art as an effective and relatively low-cost strategy to activate their streets.

While cities incorporate art into public spaces in a variety of ways, the focus of this initiative is what we’re calling asphalt art: visual interventions on roadways (intersections and crosswalks), pedestrian spaces (plazas and sidewalks), and vertical infrastructure (utility boxes, traffic barriers, and underpasses).
Complete Guide to FREE Artist Grants and Opportunities in 2023

All the best artist grants, residencies, and open calls for 2023.
All of these calls are FREE to apply!


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