Mission/Giving Statement: 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.
Grantmaking Program Areas: Arts in Social Service; Arts Learning in Schools and In Community; Arts Projects A, B, and C; Arts Trails; Colleges, Universities and Government Entities; Economic and Entrepreneurial Development; Community Arts A and B; Local Art Councils and Service Organizations; Major Cultural Organizations; Traditional Folk Art Projects
Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:
Arts in Social Service: Funding supports arts organizations or social service organizations for arts-based projects that focus on addressing social issues with a primary purpose of reaching specific populations (people who are incarcerated, homeless, abused, ill, etc.) or fosters artistic activity that formally encourages civic dialogues on important social issues (the environment, crime, etc.).
Arts Learning in Schools and In Community: New Mexico Arts offers two grant categories for arts education projects with K-12 school-age children: Arts Learning in Schools and Arts Learning in Community. Charter schools and 501 (c) (3) private schools and 501 (c) (3) organizations may apply for themselves. Public schools must apply through the parent-teacher organization if that organization is a 501 (c) (3) or through the school district.
Arts Projects A, B, & C: Funding supports organizations for arts activities in the following discipline areas: performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, media arts, multidisciplinary arts (involving more than one artistic discipline), and interdisciplinary arts (relating two or more artistic disciplines).
Arts Trails: Is an art and economic development initiative designed to put New Mexico artists on the map and bring the market to artisans and enterprises statewide. The Arts Trails Program seeks to provide visibility for New Mexico artists so that they can be productive as artists and increase the sales of their work while continuing to live in their current communities. The trails are a way to market the outstanding quality, vibrancy, and diversity of the arts in New Mexico to the rest of the world, bringing recognition and beneficial economic development to New Mexico communities rich in artistic traditions and expressions.
Colleges, Universities, and Government Entities: Funding supports colleges and universities, local and county governments, and Indian tribal government entities for arts activities in the following discipline areas: performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, media arts, multidisciplinary arts (involving more than one artistic discipline), and interdisciplinary arts (relating two or more artistic disciplines).
Economic and Entrepreneurial Development: Projects and partnerships support the economic development of communities and their artists. Such projects and programs include arts-based cultural tourism activities (such as the support or development of studio art tours), and economic opportunities and training for artists (such as business training and market development).
Community Arts A and B: Community Arts A: Organizations with an actual last fiscal year unrestricted income of $40,000 to $99,999 excluding in-kind contributions; Community Arts B: Organizations with actual last fiscal year unrestricted income of up to $39,999, excluding in-kind contributions. Community Arts funding can be for a single event or an organization’s entire season, artistic and administrative salary support, and/or general operating support.
Local Arts Councils and Service Organizations: This category supports local arts councils that are incorporated tax-exempt organizations or agencies of government or Indian tribal entities and tax-exempt service organizations that provide services to artists, arts organizations, or in the field of arts education.
Major Cultural Organizations: Funding supports organizations with IRS 501 (c) (3) status for arts activities in the following discipline areas: performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, media arts, multidisciplinary arts (involving more than one artistic discipline), and interdisciplinary arts (relating two or more artistic disciplines).
Traditional Folk Arts Projects: Funding supports organizations, Indian tribal government entities, local governments, and universities whose programs further, showcase, and help to perpetuate the various traditional arts practiced in the State of New Mexico.
Type of Funding/Funding Restrictions: New Mexico Arts provides operational grants. Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, units of government, schools, colleges, universtities, and Indian tribal government entities with offices in New Mexico are eligible to apply. Matching funds and public presentation component required. Other restrictions in guidelines online.
Application Instructions: Grant application instructions and deadlines online.