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New Mexico Arts Fosters Creativity and Community

 

New Mexico Arts is the state arts agency and a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The 15-member governor-appointed New Mexico Arts Commission serves as New Mexico Arts’ advisory body. New Mexico Arts primary function is to provide financial support for arts services and programs to non-profit organizations statewide and to administer the 1% public art program for the state of New Mexico.

Growing Strength at Central New Mexico Community College

Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque is proud of the public art acquisition, Growing Strength a monumental sculpture commissioned from New Mexico-based artist Karen Yank and installed outside the Student Resource Center on their main campus. In addition, Yank worked in collaboration with students in the CNM Welding Department to fabricate two additional bench seats across the walkway from the main sculpture.

“The sculpture is abstract, combining elements of a mountain topped by a wildflower growing out of a fractured rock. The flower has a petal that drops to the ground, flowing into a bench seat,” Yank said.

“The mountain is a metaphor for CNM’s strength and stability and how the college has grown, and the flower represents CNM’s fruits of labor and what the school gives back to the community.”

The project was funded by the state’s Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) which is part of New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Yank was selected by a local selection committee from an open, national call for artists that yielded more than 250 submissions. All AIPP calls are open to New Mexico artists and are posted on the New Mexico Arts website at www.nmarts.org.

Poetry Out Loud Celebrates Museum of Art Centennial

For more than a decade, two Department of Cultural Affairs Divisions have been involved in the State Final of the Poetry Out Loud Recitation contest. High school Poetry Out Loud champions from across the state compete each winter in Santa Fe for the title of State Champion and the honor of representing New Mexico in Washington DC at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, students from 17 schools will help the New Mexico Museum of Art celebrate its 100th Anniversary on stage in the historic St. Francis Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public and features the students, New Mexico performing artists, and many New Mexico leaders in the arts and culture who serve as judges and in other key roles in the competition.

For more information on New Mexico Poetry Out Loud, see Programs on our website. www.nmarts.org

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