Outpost Productions is a member supported, non-profit organization offering a diverse mix of music and other arts, plus educational programs for all ages— by local, national, and international artists— in its own intimate Outpost Performance Space and beyond.
Founded in 1988, Outpost Productions is one of the state’s major arts presenters. Based at the Outpost Performance Space-- an intimate performing, visual arts, and educational facility -- Outpost's reach extends far through its year-round presentations in larger venues in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and through its collaborations with other presenters throughout the state and the Western region. With a staff of four, a dedicated Board of Directors, and over 600 contributing members, and 100+volunteers,
Outpost offers an amazingly diverse and extensive presenting program including some 80 concerts per year featuring the most expansive jazz program in the southwest; plus experimental, international, folk & roots music, spoken word and more reaching some 23,000 people annually.
Outpost also hosts an extensive educational program with 30 weeks of jazz ensemble classes for youth and adults, plus African music classes, performance opportunities for youth of all ages, free performances at The Space for neighboring schools, and more. Visual arts exhibits on the Inpost Artspace walls surround the performance area. A performance space like Outpost is rare in the U.S. and is recognized as such by artists and audiences alike.
In July, Outpost collaborates with the Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation to present the New Mexico Jazz Festival which since 2006 has presented such jazz giants as Sonny Rollins, Cassandra Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Branford Marsalis and more.