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 2015, 904 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. Ten school champions from Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Deming, Gallup, Las Cruces, Los Alamos, and Raton competed in the state finals at the New Mexico Museum of Art St. Francis Auditorium on February 22. The state champion was a homeschooled student from Raton who participated with the Raton High School team. Rachel Patty earned $200, plus $500 for her school library for the purchase of poetry books, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the national finals. There she competed against 53 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 2003 New Mexico Fine Arts Education Act. Since then, New Mexico Arts has partnered with the New Mexico Public Education Department to produce two additional annual reports on this landmark legislation which makes an education in the arts an entitlement for every student enrolled in public or public charter elementary schools in the state. The research and report was designed to answer questions about number of students served, number of fine arts teachers employed, student outcomes, parental involvement, and professional development opportunities for classroom and fine arts teachers. The reports also present findings on national and state trends in arts education, a synopsis of the statewide winter meeting of all district program coordinators, and the state’s funding formula which determines the allocation of fine arts funds to districts and charter schools. Read the 10 Year Report, the 2014 Report and the 2015 Report.

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.