Phyllis Kennedy - Program Coordinator

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Phyllis.Kennedy@state.nm.us

Phyllis Kennedy is a Program Coordinator responsible for grants in the categories of Arts & Education, Arts in Social Services, and Colleges, Universities, and Government Entities. She also coordinates the New Mexico Poetry Out Loud recitation contest, an annual event with a state final held at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe each winter. Her background and degrees are in the visual arts—BFA printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology and MA photography from New York University. After completing her masters, she moved to New Mexico and began a career as a practicing artist. The nineties brought marriage and motherhood. Then came a return to citizen advocacy which she had not explored since high school. She loves art and politics and was able to combine them in her legislative advocacy work with hundreds of stakeholders to restore New Mexico’s elementary fine arts programs.

In addition to her fine arts degrees Phyllis holds a New Mexico elementary teaching license with K-8 visual art endorsement and a Montessori Early Childhood credential. She taught visual art in a public charter school for five years. She enjoys research and writing, walking the occasional 20K, and birding. Her photographs are in the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Albuquerque Sunport Collection.