May 2024

Dylan McLaughlin will be the second Artist-in-Residence at the Lincoln Historic Site

from Friday, April 26th to

Friday, June 7th 

Dylan McLaughlin (Diné) is a multimedia artist, educator and researcher who looks critically to share stories of ecological extraction and climate change, with special attention to their impact on Indigenous communities, through his creative practice. 

Dylan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in New Media Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM and later went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, NM. He is a 2022 recipient of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation LIFT Award and has participated in exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe, NM; SITE in Santa Fe, NM; 516 Arts in Albuquerque, NM; and Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO among others. 

While in residence, Dylan will explore algorithmic music composition by drawing upon local data on multi-species migration. He commonly weaves together themes of Diné mythology, ecological data, and environmental histories that culminate in experimental music composition and land-based performance. 

To learn more about Dylan McLaughlin, visit 

New Mexico Poet Laureate, Lauren Camp, and

Michelle Laflamme-Childs, Executive Director of New Mexico Arts, are traveling to cities, towns, and villages across New Mexico

to host poetry reading and writing workshops.

The events start with a short reading by the Poet Laureate of her own work followed by a conversation with the participants about poetry in general. There is an open mic component where local folks can read a poem, either one they have written or one they simply wish to share with the group.

Each workshop concludes with Camp leading a prompted writing exercise about the local community, which she and Laflamme-Childs will use as the source material in assembling the poems for and about each community in the words of those who live there.

These poems will be printed as broadsides by the historic Palace Press at the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum. One broadside will be gifted back to each community, and another displayed as part of an exhibition showcasing the different community poems from around the state.

Invite the Poet Laureate

Announcing the Winners of the Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

Congratulations to the 2024 Winners!

This year's contest included more than 100 submissions. The contest judge, and our State Poet Laureate, Lauren Camp was blown away by the thoughtful creativity. Click the images of each artwork to read the poems of the winners. 

Learn more here




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. Openings are still available for the Gallup session starting June 8th.

Register for the Gallup Session Here

Opportunities From Our Friends...

The New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department is happy to announce a Call for Artists. The selected artist's work will adorn the 2024 Commemorative Poster for the 46th Annual Conference on Aging, to be held in Albuquerque, NM this October. Artwork for this year should include the theme “Aging Well in New Mexico” and portray a sense of family and community. 


DEADLINE TO SUBMIT:  May 15, 2024, by 11:59 PM MDT. 

Selected artist will receive a flat fee of $1,000.00 and will need to complete a licensing agreement.

*This is not a contest and selection is based on the sole discretion of the New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department.

Apply Here

TourWest, a program of WESTAF 

TourWest is a competitive grant program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations in the 13 states and 3 jurisdictions in the WESTAF region for the presentation of touring performers and literary artists. To review the full program guidelines and FAQ, click Additional Resources above. All grant applications, support material and final reports must be submitted through this grant portal. 

  • APPLICATIONS OPEN: Monday, April 15, 2024 (9:00 a.m. MT) 

  • APPLICATION CLOSED: Friday, May 31, 2024 (11:59 p.m. MT)

Apply Here

Attention Filmmakers: The Santa Fe Film Institute

has opened up applications for two new grants available this year.

Both grants have geographical restrictions: Applicants for either the $5,000 Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area Grant or the $10,000 Los Luceros Grant must reside in Santa Fe County, Taos County or Rio Arriba County to apply—or have attended and graduated from high school in one of those counties.

To apply for the Los Luceros grant, applicants must shoot at least part of their films at the Los Luceros Historic Site north of Alcalde in Rio Arriba County.  Application Deadline: May 31, 2024

Apply Here


Taos Abstract Artist Collective (TAAC) and the Couse-Sharp Historic Site invite artists living and/or working in New Mexico to submit work for consideration for the upcoming exhibition, On Which It Rests, which will be held at the Lunder Research Center Gallery at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site from July 5th - Sep 1st, 2024. On Which it Rests will be co-curated by Davison Koenig and Alexandra Terry. This call is open to artists located in New Mexico. Deadline: May 14th, 2024, 11:59 PM, MT.

Apply Here

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!

Click Here For More Information

Upcoming Cultural Events:

Mar. 23 - Jul. 31, 2024

Inspired by the Land Art Exhibit

Manzano Mountain Art Council - Mountainair

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Daily

Mar. 29 - July 7, 2024

Patricia Michaels: Fashion & Fantasy

The Wright Contemporary - Taos

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Weds. - Sun.

May 3, 2024

First Friday Art Walk

Silver City Art Association - Silver City

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

May 3, 2024

First Friday: Art Works End of Year Student Exhibition

New Mexico Museum of Art - Santa Fe - Plaza Building

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

May 4 - 5, 2024

11th Annual Magdalena Gallery & Studio Tour

The Village of Magdalena

10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

May 5, 2024

Open House - Luna County Artist Show

Deming Arts Center - Deming

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

May 5, 2024

Spring Festival

El Morro Area Arts Council - Ramah

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

May 5, 2024

New Mexico Art Book Club

New Mexico Museum of Art - Santa Fe - Plaza Building

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

May 11, 2024

O Ritmo do Corpo - Capoeira Santa Fe

Santa Fe Teen Center - 6600 Valentine Way

10:30 AM

May 11 & 12, 2024

Placitas Studio Tour


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico Art Book Club Selection:

Robert Adams’ “Why People Photograph: Selected Essays.” 

This month the New Mexico Art Book Club will be discussing Robert Adams’ “Why People Photograph: Selected Essays.” A classic text on the art of photography, Adams explores subjects from collecting to photographer’s working conditions and more. Join the book club for a look through the current exhibition Ways of Seeing: Four Photographic Collections at the Plaza Building as we compare Adams’ ideas to our own experiences of the photography on view.

Join the Book Club


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

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