NM organizations awarded $530K in arts grants - Albuquerque Journal

NM organizations awarded $530K in arts grants

A variety of folk art handcrafts, like the lacquerware (or Maque Incrustado) pictured, is available as part of the annual ¡Fiesta Latina! artisan mercado at Western New Mexico University in Silver City. (Courtesy of Western New Mexico University)

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Twenty-four New Mexico-based organizations are receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

During the first round of grants, NEA awarded 1,248 grants across the country totaling more than $28 million.

New Mexico organizations received a total of $530,000, with each grant ranging from $10,000 to $75,000.

The Santa Fe Opera and the National Institute of Flamenco both are receiving $75,000.

One of the grantees is Western New Mexico University in Silver City, where the $15,000 grant will be used for its ¡Fiesta Latina! event.

The summer event is a celebration of the region’s Latin American heritage, customs and traditions and often includes children’s activities, a tequila tasting, a charro show and a juried artisan mercado featuring traditional folk-art by 30 artisans from across Mexico and the United States.

bright spot“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from Western New Mexico University that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “WNMU Cultural Affairs in Silver City, New Mexico, is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”

The Santa Fe Film Institute is also the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the NEA. The grant will help support the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.

It is the third consecutive year that NEA has recognized SFFI’s creative and cultural impact with a grant award.

“It is meaningful for both local filmmakers and film artists worldwide for Santa Fe Film Institute to receive this support,” Liesette Paisner Bailey, SFiFF executive director, said. “The fantastic projects, and world-class screenings that make up SFiFF’s public programming, reflect the organization’s commitment to the arts and artists.”

Director Oliver Stone was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in October. The Santa Fe Film Institute was awarded $20,000 to help support the festival. (Courtesy of the Santa Fe Film Institute)

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