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NMA Grants Program dates:

October 23rd - Deadline for New Applicants for

mandatory Advance Review

December 8th - Deadline for FY2025 Applications

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Based on the successes of the inaugural round of mini grant funding to NM organizations, New Mexico Arts, the state’s arts agency, announces the Arts & The Military 2024 Mini Grants funding opportunity for arts organizations and veteran-focused organizations to create or expand opportunities for veterans and active-duty service members to engage with the arts. 

New For 2024

More Money! – Mini grants amount increased to $2,500.

More Time! – Earlier announcement, Earlier deadline means more time to implement your project. We anticipate projects can be started in January 2024 and completed before June 30, 2024.

Less Administrative Burden! – Only 8 short answer questions, 2 pages. Submit proposal as a PDF document. No online account needed.

For questions or technical assistance, contact Arts & The Military Coordinator, Kevin Lenkner at 505 412-5791 or via email

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Remembering Claude Stephenson

New Mexico Arts is saddened to learn of the recent passing of our long-time colleague Claude Stephenson. Claude was the New Mexico State Folklorist and Folk Arts Coordinator at New Mexico Arts from 1991 to 2014, he also served on the New Mexico Music Commission. Claude obtained his Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of New Mexico in 2001 and wrote his dissertation on the music of Matachines dance groups of New Mexico. Claude grew up in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and had lived in Albuquerque since 1970.


Claude was an avid musician and award-winning mandolin player, who played with seminal southwest bluegrass groups the Big River Boys, the Sons of Rodan, and Elliott’s Ramblers. Many would have enjoyed hearing Claude on the radio, including Only the Radio (1979-1983) and the Live Variety Show (1989-1991) at KUNM-FM in Albuquerque promoting New Mexican musicians. He was a KUNM DJ producing Folk Music USA and Folk Routes for many years. 


Claude was a man of many talents including growing vegetables at his South Valley home, he is fondly remembered by colleagues for acquiring and building a windmill and for the wonderful and informative articles he wrote for our newsletter and beyond. Read an article by Claude Stephenson here

We are grateful for his service to the arts in New Mexico and his deep connection to our larger New Mexico community. Claude was a scholar and a gentleman who loved New Mexico, playing the mandolin, and his lovely wife Zoe. We keep her, his family, and many friends in our thoughts at this time. 


Contact: Kevin Lenkner, POL Coordinator 505 412-5791

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We Will Miss You!

After 11 years of dedicated service to New Mexico Arts, Kaylina Barry is leaving us to start her new opportunity as a Financial Specialist in the fiscal department of the Public Defender’s office.

Kaylina’s presence has been an integral part of NMA, contributing not only her expertise but also a sense of camaraderie and stability to the team.

As Kaylina departs, there is a mixture of emotions, from sadness at the prospect of saying goodbye to excitement about the new adventures awaiting her.

We celebrated Kaylina’s tenure with a heartfelt farewell gathering, expressing gratitude for her invaluable contributions and wishing her success on her next journey. Best of luck, Kaylina!

Opportunities From Our Friends...

WESTAF is thrilled to announce the National Leaders of Color Fellowship (LoCF) application is now accepting applications. The LoCF is a transformative leadership development experience curated by WESTAF in order to establish multicultural leadership in the creative and cultural sector. By partnering with the other United States Regional Arts Organizations (USRAOs) the program has expanded nationwide and its mission has become a national endeavor. 


The deadline to apply is Monday, October 16, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. (MT).

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The UETF Resiliency Residency Program is a self-paced, “at-home” residency that encourages artists of all mediums and disciplines to play, experiment, research, and create. Developed as a response to COVID-19’s impact on the Albuquerque Arts Community, the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund staff and committee created a program that was as fluid and adaptable as the times it was developed in. Artists who receive the Residency are invited to use the funds to further their artistic practice and are asked to show a public presentation of the work at some point in the Residency period.

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Submissions for CURRENTS 2024

Art & Technology Festival

Now Open

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Keshet Makers Space Experience

The Keshet Makers Space Experience (MSE) is a cohort-based residency program in which choreographers / dancemakers have access to rehearsal space, peer movement classes, arts business workshops, and the New Mexico skies, as they explore their art form and their projects at whatever stage they might be – newly germinating ideas, final development of full productions, and/or anything in between.

Each MSE Cohort provides a unique opportunity for artists from across the country and world to gather at Keshet for a 10-day residency as they explore, move, share, and create. It is also a unique opportunity for the Albuquerque community to enjoy getting to know these amazing artists.

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Gravitational Lensing is a curated series dedicated to exploring the visions, voices, concerns & lineage of women, women-identifying, and non-binary filmmakers through public film screenings, workshops, conversations & presentations.

Inspired by & named after the scientific phenomenon in which the gravitational pull of celestial bodies clustered together causes a curvature of spacetime strong enough to magnify distant objects, Gravitational Lensing aims to highlight & amplify the work of women, women-identifying, & non-binary filmmakers by the sheer magnitude of their collective creative energy when gathered together in common dialogue.

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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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National Gallery of Art - September 22, 2023 – January 15, 2024

Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

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Upcoming Cultural Events:

October 6 - 7, 2023

Albuquerque Folk Festival

National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

October 6 - 8, 2023

Red River Oktoberfest

Brandenberg Park, Red River, NM

October 7 - 8, 2023

Harvest Festival at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

October 14, 2023

Art Flea Market

St. John's United Methodist Church, Santa Fe, NM

October 6 - 15, 2023

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival - Balloon Fiesta Show

Big White Tent at Sandia Resort & Casino, Albuquerque, NM

October 7 - 15, 2023

Artisans at Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque, NM

October 7 - 15, 2023

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque, NM

October 20 - 21, 2023

Artesia Art in the Park

Jaycee Park, Artesia, NM

October 21, 2023

Arts and Crafts With Bake Sale and Raffle

Valley Lutheran Church Luther Hall, Los Lunas, NM

October 7 - 28, 2023

Santa Fe Artists Market - October

Santa Fe Railyard Arts District, Santa Fe, NM 

What's Happening at New Mexico Museums:

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This Month's Book Club Selection:

Land Art / New Mexico

Featuring the work of over forty artists including Michael Berman, Erika Blumenfeld, David Taylor, Basia Irland, Patrick Dougherty, Catalina Delgado Trunk, and Shelley Niro.

Introduction by Bill Gilbert

Essays by Lucy Lippard, William L. Fox, Nancy Marie Mithlo, and MaLin Wilson-Powell

Hardbound / 11.5 x 10.5 inches

110 four-color illustrations / 170 pages

ISBN: 9781934435175

The “land art” movement emerged in the 1970s when some adventurous artists departed the New York gallery scene to make art in the open landscapes of the American West. Some of the most famous examples include Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, James Turrell’s Roden Crater in Arizona, and Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field in New Mexico. 

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