New Mexico Arts March Newsletter

New Mexico Poetry Out Loud State Finals returns as an in-person event, Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 1 pm in the St. Francis Auditorium of the

New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. Admission is free, seating is limited.

See High School students from across New Mexico compete for the opportunity to represent New Mexico at the National Finals in Washington DC. National champion will receive $20,000 prize.

Artwork by Yolanda Zhou, 2024 New Mexico Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key Winner 

New Mexico Arts 2024-2029 Strategic Plan

New Mexico Arts worked in collaboration with SV Pratt Creative Strategies to develop the agency’s five-year plan with input from stakeholders across New Mexico, feedback from colleagues and peers around the country, consideration of regional and national state arts agency trends, and with the goal of dynamically supporting the continuously evolving arts and culture sector in New Mexico and beyond while positioning NMA for future growth.

This plan—rooted in longstanding values—frames MNA’s next phase of innovation within four overarching goals:

1) Center equity, accessibility, and inclusion in all programs and policies,

2) Deliver responsive, impactful, and sustainable programs,

3) Effectively communicate the value of arts in community,

4) Align agency to support strategic goals.

We welcome your feedback on this living document as we work together to ensure all New Mexicans have access to arts programs and services that represent the broad range of cultural expression in our diverse and beautiful state.

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Linda Underwood is Retiring

New Mexico Arts extends our warmest congratulations to Linda Underwood on her well-deserved retirement. Linda exemplified dedication and expertise in her role of Operations Director/Fiscal Officer for New Mexico Arts. With an impressive twenty-five years of experience in finance within the state of New Mexico, Linda brought a wealth of knowledge and insight to her position.

Her extensive background encompassed a diverse array of responsibilities, including managing budgets, overseeing performance measures, handling accounts payable, negotiating building leases, managing fleets and telecommunications, administering contracts, and ensuring compliance with human resources, workman's compensation, and safety regulations. Linda's proficiency in these areas is a testament to her years of hard work and commitment to excellence. And to top it off, she was always positive, upbeat, ready with a warm smile and genuine laugh even in the most challenging of situations.

What truly sets Linda apart is her deep connection to her roots. A Santa Fe native, she not only brought her professional expertise but also a profound understanding of the local culture and community dynamics. Her passion for giving back is evident in her volunteer work and involvement with various local boards, including the Santa Fe Fiesta council.

As Linda embarks on this new chapter in her life, her absence will surely be felt by those she leaves behind. Her departure leaves a void that will be difficult to fill, as her dedication, expertise, and warm presence have had a profound impact on all who have had the privilege of working with her.

We congratulate Linda on her remarkable achievements and know she is looking forward to spending quality time with her family and adorable grandchildren.

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Artist INC Express (AIX) helps artists, of any discipline, develop the building blocks for a thriving and enduring arts practice. Led by a team of experienced, working artists, this FREE nine-hour, hands-on workshop helps artists like you address specific needs and challenges that you’ll face throughout your career. Through discussions, activities, and hands-on exercises, your artist-facilitators, and your new network of peer artists, will help you set goals for your practice, write about your work, and build a personal brand.  RSVP required.

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Join us on Monday, March 18 @ 6pm on Instagram Live for a conversation with NMA 2024 Artist-in-Residence, Marcus Xavier Chormicle (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians/Chicano), a Las Cruces-based multidisciplinary photographer.


Since late February, Chormicle has been in residence at Lincoln Historic Site in Lincoln, NM.


The mission of the NMA Artist-in-Residence Program, in partnership with New Mexico Historic Sites, is to increase awareness of significant state cultural sites through the lens of contemporary creatives.


While in residence, Chormicle is exploring the legacy of the Oryx species in Southern New Mexico as it relates to colonizing histories of land and peoples in the region. He intends to deepen his understanding of the Oryx habitat as well as create visual representations of the animal across the Lincoln Forest, Sacramento Mountains and surrounding communities.

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Opportunities From Our Friends...

Calling all emerging artists!

Strata Gallery 501(c)3 is excited to announce our open call for submissions to our Emerging Artists Membership Program. Join a supportive community of fellow artists, gain exposure for your work, and unlock incredible opportunities for growth and collaboration. Whether you’re a painter, sculptor, photographer, or work in any other medium, we welcome your unique perspective and creative vision. Don’t miss this chance to elevate your career and be part of a thriving artistic community. Submit your artwork today!

Application Deadline: March 30, 2024

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The Time is NOW, the Place is SANTA FE, NM,

and the city’s most infamous citizen is ZOZOBRA!

Is the 2024 Zozobra Official Artist YOU?

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is excited to announce the 2024 CALL FOR ARTISTS to design the Official 100th Burning of Zozobra Adult and Youth Posters and T-shirt images.

2024 Official Zozobra Poster

Open to all artists and all ages

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Complete Guide to FREE Artist Grants and Opportunities in 2024

All the best artist grants, residencies, and open calls for 2024.

All of these calls are FREE to apply!

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Upcoming Cultural Events:

Mar. 1- 29, 2024

One Whole Place

San Juan College (SJC) Henderson Fine Arts Center

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mar. 1, 2024

First Friday: Pottery Making With Tumbleroot Pottery Pub


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mar. 1 - 3, 2024

Opera Southwest: Before Night Falls


Mar. 21, 2024

Take The Money & Run With It: Grant Writing for

Artists & Cultural Workers


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

This Month's Book Club Selection:

Walking Home - The Life and Art of Monika Steinhoff

A Memoir by the Artist

The artist Monika Steinhoff was born into a turbulent time. The Second World War was well under way and her birthplace was not only at its center but the center of the center: Swinemünde, on the island of Usedom in northern Germany, where her father was one of the leaders of the development and production of the weapon that was designed to win the war for Germany, the V2 missile at the nearby Peenemünde facility. This plan of course did not succeed, and subsequently many of the scientists were brought to the United States under the program entitled Operation Paperclip. Thus, Monika grew up in Alamogordo, New Mexico, famous (or infamous) for the detonation of the first atomic bomb, along with the other children of the German scientists.

But it wasn’t the bomb that drew her back to New Mexico after her college days. It was northern New Mexico’s reputation as an art center and its mysticism of landscape and spiritual practice, particularly Kundalini Yoga. The northern New Mexico background began to appear unbidden as she began her series of paintings called “Journey of the Fool,” poetic, dream-like narrative paintings in egg tempera. The female fool, or jester, often nude but with a red fool’s cap, brought up deeply buried experiences to consciousness through the painting process. After the events of September 11, 2001, her vision turned from the personal to the greater social/political arena through the series “Collective Folly” with paintings such as “Ritual of the Unlimited,” “...and God gave Dominion,” “4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse over Baghdad,” whose four horsemen are known to all familiar with past and recent history, “Restoring the Balance” and “Rapture Anyone?” She has always explored the relationship between beauty and Truth.

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Public support for the arts to ensure the arts are central to the lives of New Mexicans.


A New Mexico with vibrant communities, meaningful quality of life, and a robust economy.

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