Michelle Laflamme-Childs - Executive Director
As Executive Director, Laflamme-Childs will work to develop creative ideas to strengthen, evolve, and diversify programs at the agency while forging partnerships to address the changing needs of the arts across New Mexico. In addition, she will supervise annual grant programs, statewide percent for public art and other services, as well as provide leadership and advocacy for the cultural community, build critical relationships, lead collaborations and initiatives, and work to significantly increase access to and engagement with the arts.
A native of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Laflamme-Childs has called Santa Fe home for over 20 years. She is a poet and essayist, with one published chapbook and a book-length manuscript in the works. When not working with AIPP to make important and exciting contemporary art accessible to everyone in our community, Laflamme-Childs can be found spinning fresh beats on local radio station 98.1 Radio Free Santa Fe. As an appointed member of the Santa Fe County Arts, Culture, and Cultural Tourism Committee and core member of the Santa Fe based Cut+Paste Society, Laflamme-Childs is active in the arts as both an administrator and creative practitioner.
Laflamme-Childs holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts, an MA from St. John's College in Santa Fe, and is very intermittently working on an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.