Arts Commission

Mission

The mission of the Arts Commission, in conjunction with New Mexico Arts, is to stimulate opportunities for artists, arts organizations, and other groups for activities or projects to provide artistic or cultural services to the state, to maintain and encourage artistic excellence, and to promote awareness of and access to the arts for all of the people of New Mexico.

Commission Duties

The New Mexico Arts Commission is the advisory body for New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The Commission has 15 members appointed by the governor. Commissioners serve three-year terms.

  • Advises the New Mexico Arts Director, Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), and state government in general, including the Governor.
  • Advises the Division Director on all division policies, after receiving information requisite to such advice.
  • Is consulted regarding disbursement of program funds.
  • Is kept informed regarding the financial affairs of the division.
  • Consults with the Division Director prior to the Director approving, disapproving, or modifying the distribution of grant funds.
  • Works as a team with the Division Director to accomplish the mission of New Mexico Arts.
  • Advocates for New Mexico Arts to home communities, DCA, and New Mexico government in general.
  • Responsible for being knowledgeable about laws governing the commission, by-laws of the commission, and commission policies.
  • Responsible for approval or rejection of applications for designation of Arts and Cultural Districts.

Commission Meetings Calendar

The Arts Commission holds quarterly meetings, usually in January, February/March, May/June, and November. A Planning and Budget Committee meeting is held in May to review grant funding. Meetings are open to the public.
  • Thu, Feb 1, 2024 – Regular Meeting, 9:30am – Santa Fe – Van Mabee Education Center of the Vladem Contemporary Art Museum, 404 Montezuma, NM 87501 and via Zoom meeting. Meeting Agenda
  • Thu, May 16, 2024 – Planning and Budget Committee Meeting – Review Proposed Funding for FY25 Regular Grants, 1:00pm via Zoom meeting.
  • Thu, June 13, 2024 – Regular Meeting, 9:30am – Recommendation of Funding for FY25 Regular Grants – Albuquerque (TBD) and via Zoom meeting.
  • Thu, August 15, 2024 – Regular Meeting, TBD.
  • Thu, Nov 7, 2024 – Annual Meeting, 9:30am – Election of Officers, Adopt 2025 OMA Resolution, Las Cruces (TBD).

Commissioners' Bios

Nancy P. Cooper, Albuquerque, Chair

Commissioner Nancy Cooper is a dedicated supporter of the arts as evidenced by her nine years of service as a volunteer docent at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, where she also served as the Chair of the Docent…

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Wren Prather-Stroud, Carlsbad, Vice Chair

Commissioner Wren Prather-Stroud is a multidisciplinary artist who studied dance and music from childhood. She loves all forms of art, but discovered her true passion in sculpture. Prather-Stroud has become known for her figurative bronze sculptures that are in noted…

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Terri J. Salazar, Los Ranchos, Secretary

Commissioner Terri Salazar is passionate about the intersection of art and history. Salazar actively promotes visual and performing arts to ensure that all New Mexicans, especially children, have access to the richness and diversity that arts education provides. She has…

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Delbert D. Anderson, Farmington

Bio coming soon.

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JoAnn Balzer, Santa Fe

Known as a champion of the arts, especially Native American arts, Commissioner JoAnn Balzer is fascinated by the connection of art and science, and passionate about nurturing creativity. Balzer currently serves on the boards of the Lensic Performing Arts Center…

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Terry L. Bumpass, Raton

Bio coming soon.

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Janet Clow, Santa Fe

Bio coming soon.

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Glenn R. Cutter, Mesilla

Commissioner Glenn Cutter grew up with a passion for music and professional experience as a rock band drummer from the age of 14. He majored in drama at the University of Arizona. Cutter owns jewelry, antiques, and art gallery businesses…

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Miriam E. Hill, Silver City

Bio coming soon.

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Connie Hines, Las Cruces

Bio coming soon.

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Mary C. Lyle, Hobbs

The performing arts have a starring role in Commissioner Mary Lyle’s life. She holds a BFA in theatre arts from the University of New Mexico, taught theatre and speech at the University of the Southwest and New Mexico Junior College,…

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Tom Maguire, Santa Fe

Commissioner Tom Maguire’s career in music and the arts spans more than fifty years as a performer, arranger, conductor, and arts administrator. He has served as Executive Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Administrative Director of the Institute for…

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Mary Peña Noskin, Los Ranchos

Among many arts activities, Commissioner Mary Peña Noskin owned an art gallery in Albuquerque's Old Town, and helped local children attend performances of the Santa Fe Opera. She was chair and board member of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation,…

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Jonathan W. Sims, Albuquerque

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