Arts in Education

New Mexico Arts is committed to supporting arts education in all its various forms. Both in-school and school programs are supported through Arts in Learning funding or through general support of the many non-profit organizations funded by New Mexico Arts who work in New Mexico schools throughout the state.

New Mexico Arts:

  • Funds programs for K-12 projects and residencies in the state’s schools
  • Leads the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest in the state
  • Presents professional development workshops for teachers and teaching artists
  • Provides resources such as arts education advocacy kits, research findings, and information on funding opportunities
  • Collaborates with such organizations as the NM Public Education Department, New Mexico Advisory Council for Arts Education, New Mexico Alliance for Arts Education, and New Mexico Art Education Association

Highlighted Arts Education Programs

  • Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
    In 2013, 1,300 New Mexico high school students from across the state participated in Poetry Out Loud – a national recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Eleven school champions from Albuquerque, Bloomfield, Carlsbad, Deming, Las Cruces, Raton and Rio Rancho competed in the state finals at the New Mexico Museum of Art on March 3. State Champion SethWilson Gray, 16, of V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho earned $200, plus $500 for his school library for the purchase of poetry books, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the national finals where he competed against 52 other state or territory winners for $20,000 in prizes. For information on participating in Poetry Out Loud click here.
  • Fine Arts Education Act
    In 2012, New Mexico Arts commissioned a study of the ten-year impact of the Fine Arts Education Act. The act, passed in 2003 by the New Mexico Legislature, provides funding for arts education in New Mexico elementary schools. The research and report was designed to answer such questions as how many jobs were created by the act, have student outcomes changed, and has parental involvement increased? The complete report can be read here.

Arts Education Funding

New Mexico Arts offers two funding categories for arts education projects in or with K-12 schools.

  • Arts Learning in Schools - Arts Learning in Schools supports a wide range of programs taking place in K-12 schools either during school hours or during after-school programs.  These programs may focus on creative process arts activities, arts activities integrated into other content areas, art history, or arts education professional development.  In school residencies with individual artists are also included in this category (note: applicants for residencies cannot be individuals and the applicant must be a charter school, 501 (c) 3 private school, school district, or 501 (c) 3 organization)
  • Arts Learning in Communities - Arts Learning in Community supports arts learning for K-12 school-age children outside of a school setting.  These programs focus on creative process arts activities or the development of specific artistic skills and take place in 501 (c) 3 arts organizations.  (Projects that take place in a K-12 public or a private school should apply in Arts Learning in Schools.)

For full information on Arts Learning funding contact the Arts Education Program Coordinator at (505) 827-6490.