New Mexico Arts Commission


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.

New Mexico Arts 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 9, 2023 - Regular Meeting, 9:30am - Santa Fe - Joan Vernick Auditorium, Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87501 and via Zoom meeting. Register here. Meeting Agenda
  • Thu, May 11, 2023 - Planning and Budget Committee Meeting, 1:00pm via Zoom meeting. Meeting Agenda.
  • Thu, June 1, 2023 - Regular Meeting, 9:30am - Approval of funding for FY2024 contracts - Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque and via Zoom meeting. Meeting Agenda.
  • Thu, August 24, 2023 - Regular Meeting, 9:30am - in Taos at UNM-Bataan Hall on 120 Civic Plaza Dr and via Zoom meeting Passcode: 839104. Meeting Agenda.
  • Upcoming: Thu, Nov 9, 2023 - Annual Meeting, 9:30am - Officers Election - in Las Cruces (specific location TBD) and Zoom meeting.

New Mexico Arts Commissioners' Biographies

  • Nancy Potter Cooper, Albuquerque, Chair Commissioner Bio
  • Wren Prather-Stroud, Carlsbad, Vice Chair Commissioner Bio
  • Terri J. Salazar, Los Ranchos, Secretary Commissioner Bio
  • Delbert D. Anderson, Farmington
  • JoAnn Balzer, Santa Fe Commissioner Bio
  • Terry L. Bumpass, Raton
  • Janet Clow, Santa Fe
  • Glenn R. Cutter, Mesilla Commissioner Bio
  • Miriam E. Hill, Silver City
  • Connie Hines, Las Cruces
  • Mary C. Lyle, Hobbs Commissioner Bio
  • Tom Maguire, Santa Fe Commissioner Bio
  • Mary Peña Noskin, Los Ranchos Commissioner Bio
  • John A. Rochester, Santa Fe
  • Jonathan W. Sims, Albuquerque