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, and New Mexico Art Education Association

Highlighted Arts Education Programs

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.