In the midst of a global pandemic, we need art (and the artists who make it) more than ever. Each week, we're adding artist-specific resources to this running list, from inspiring online events to emergency grants. Some are specific to Santa Fe (our home base), and others are accessible to artists across New Mexico, the nation or the world. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us! Entries are arranged chronologically by event or deadline date, where applicable.
Contest#NMTWINNING by Vital Spaces
Through May, 2020.
Prizes awarded weekly.
Vital Spaces challenges you to recreate or reinterpret works of art from New Mexico-based collections and post your pictures to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #NMtwinning.Check out #mettwinning and #betweenartandquarantine for inspiration. Beginning on May 4, 2020 and continuing for the next four weeks, five submissions from each week will be randomly selected to receive a $200 prize thanks to a generous grant from the Falling Colors Foundation. While anyone is welcome to participate, you must live in New Mexico to be eligible to win a prize.
At the end of the four weeks, staff members from each institution will vote on the top three submissions amongst all of the posts and those winners will each receive a prize of $300. The winners of all the prizes will have the choice to receive the money personally or to donate it to the All Together New Mexico Fund.
Relief FundCulture Connects Artist Relief Fund
Application Round 3 Begins (Tentative): June 1, 2020
Culture Connects Coalition, an initiative of the Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department, is a fund to support arts and culture in all their expressions for the greater good of the City of Santa Fe's community and constituents. In response to COVID-19 pandemic and to reduce its greater impact on our community, Culture Connects has partnered with Lannan Foundation to form the Artist Relief Fund to help those artists most dramatically affected. The next round of rolling applications for Artist Relief Fund Grants up to $1,000 is anticipated to begin June 1, 2020.
Relief FundArtist Relief
Deadline for Applications, Cycle III: June 17, 2020, 11:59 pm
Artist Relief is distributing $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. The initiative is organized by a coalition of national arts grantmakers, and will operate through September 2020. Before applying, please self-evaluate whether you are experiencing dire financial emergencies during this time and make space for those most urgently in need.
Call for ArtistsAesthetica Art Prize & Exhibition
Deadline for Entries: August 31, 2020
The Aesthetica Art Prize was launched in 2007, five years after the launch of Aesthetica Magazine, as a way to support the next generation of talent across new visual media. It welcomed both established and emerging practitioners to submit pieces on any theme, celebrating innovative works from a range of media. These works were published in the Creative Works Annual.
In 2013, the prize evolved into an exhibition as well as a publication, presenting longlisted and shortlisted works from March to August in York, UK. Both Main and Emerging prize winners have since been awarded at the Private View, given £5000 and £1000 respectively, amongst other accolades. The exhibition moved to York Art Gallery in 2017, and has since exhibited works from today’s leading practitioners including Magnum photographers, Turner Prize-nominees, RSA Film directors, World Press Photo winners and Prix Pictet nominees.
The Art Prize is open to works in any genre, and on any theme, however, we are particularly interested in works that reflect upon our ever changing world.
RELIEF FUNDCraft Futures Fund
Monthly submission deadlines through October 2020.
Distributed by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Foundation, the Craft Futures Fund supports craft communities throughout the United States and their creative responses to COVID-19. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact.
The project will fund up to $30,000 each month from May 2020 – October 2020 to support craft-based education projects. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that envision and build new futures for craft.
Relief FundArts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance, they can help. The fund will disburse micro-grants in the amount of $200 per person, on a first-come-first-served basis. If you do not identify as BIPOC, please consider donating to this fund through the project's Kickstarter.
Relief FundFCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
If you are an artist who has suffered financial losses as the result of a project cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19 you can apply for relief through the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund. Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is $1,600. Applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number. They must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities, and be able to provide specific dates at the time of application.
Call for VideosNM Art from Anywhere
Southwest Contemporary is requesting submissions of short videos of exhibitions at commercial galleries, nonprofits, and artist-run exhibition spaces across New Mexico. Videos will be hosted for free on the media company's website and YouTube channel. To participate:
Take a short video with your smartphone, walking through your current installation, highlighting a few pieces, perhaps with a curator or artist giving a quick overview of the show. The tone can be serious or fun, it’s up to you! Your video can be casual but should provide an enjoyable and clear viewing experience. Make sure you have good lighting, a quiet space, and a steady hand. Videos must be no more than 5 minutes (1-2 minutes is ideal!).
Speak OutNew Mexico Tourism Economic Impact Survey
The New Mexico Tourism Department is focused on sharing relevant information and resources to provide assistance to arts businesses in this moment of crisis. One of the department's primary initiatives is capturing the economic impact from COVID-19 that arts organizations are experiencing. In order to build best practices and unlock resources for recovery, they're requesting real-time data through an economic impact survey. Please consider contributing to the survey! The sooner they are able to capture the economic impact, the more effective their recovery strategies and tactics will be.
Call for Artists516 Arts Museum from Home
In response to the current global COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in the temporary closure of 516 ARTS, the Albuquerque nonprofit has launched a digital initiative to help contemporary artists stay connected with audiences and community online. Artists from anywhere in the world are invited to participate in the digital project by sharing their work in order to help maintain their daily practices, cope with challenges, and stay inspired. 516 ARTS will feature a selection of the submissions on their social media and website for the duration of our closure, along with images and content selected by our staff.
Relief FundSanta Fe Artists' Medical Fund
The Santa Fe Artists’ Medical Fund was founded in 1996 by artist Armond Lara and a group of artists and other individuals concerned about the problems faced by professional artists who have no options for group insurance coverage. Since its inception, the Santa Fe Artists Medical Fund has assisted many artists during times of medical needs through grants administered by the Santa Fe Community Foundation to provide for those artists who cannot afford necessary treatment.
To apply for medical assistance, click here to complete the form. The Santa Fe Community Foundation will respond to inquiries regarding application for emergency medical funds. Armond Lara, a founder of the project, is a form & concept represented artist.
Image: Armond Lara, Flying Blue Buffalo Project installation.
Emergency HelpSanta Fe Covid-19 Mutual Aid
Earth Care New Mexico has shifted the organizing and staff resources of its Climate Emergency and Youth at the Center campaigns to respond to the immediate needs of the local community in this time of crisis. The organization writes:
Times seem really wild and unpredictable right now and we can isolate and hoard or possibly find a way to stay in community and help each other out. Safe distancing is important, but so is solidarity. Here's the idea: pair those in need in Santa Fe with those able to help by filling out this form. We'll do our best to match offers with requests. Please share this Google form with neighbors, friends, family & on social media so we can reach those who need help & organize our communities to respond.
Speak OutAmericans for the Arts Economic Impact Survey
Americans for the Arts is gathering data and impact stories through an Economic Impact Survey that takes about 5 minutes to complete. The survey captures a broad spectrum of data and stories that demonstrate how arts and culture workers have triumphed and survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses. We encourage you to share this survey with your communities. Make your voice heard!
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 1PM MT
Click here at the indicated time to watch on Zoom.
Join the University Art Museum at New Mexico State University for a live reading by ART practice / MOTHER practice. The New Mexico-based group meets monthly to read critical and personal writing, reflect and write about their experiences of art and motherhood, and create a supportive community for each other. In collaboration with the UAM, group founder Mira Burack has asked for short essay submissions from the ART practice / MOTHER practice group. Since artist/mothers are masters of trying to negotiate isolation/togetherness all the time, the artists were asked to reflect on their personal experiences within this climate. On Saturday, April 18 at 1 PM MT, the readings will be performed by the artists through Zoom. This meeting will be recorded, and the final product will be a video displayed on UAM.NMSU.EDU. This reading features form & concept represented artist Thais Mather. The group's founder, Mira Burack, has exhibited in form & concept's Hand/Eye and Homecoming group exhibitions.
Participating Artists: Mira Burack, Sharbani Das Gupta, Megan Jacobs, Stephanie Lerma, Jessamyn Lovell, Thais Mather, Karen Mazur, Rachel Popowcer, Danila Rumold, Zoe Spiliotis, Isadora Stowe, and LindaTratechaud.
Relief FundFulcrum Fund Emergency Relief Grants
Deadline for Applications: May 15, 2020
The Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516 ARTS and a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, has announced a second round of emergency relief grants to benefit the local arts community. In partnership with the Fredrick Hammersley Foundation, which is providing $60,000 toward this effort, this round will provide grants of $5,000 to 12 alternative art spaces in New Mexico that have lost income as a result of the cornavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency relief grants are for small, artist-run, alternative visual artspaces in New Mexico that have lost income as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Non-commercial and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations throughout the state are encouraged to apply.
Political ActionNational Arts Action SummitApril 27-May 1, 2020Americans for the Arts brings a brand-new experience to engage with hundreds of arts advocates from across the country virtually at the National Arts Action Digital Summit. With Congress scheduled to return in May for further COVID-19 relief legislation and the annual federal budget, advocating for the arts is more important now than ever. The summit features over a dozen plenary and issue-specific breakout session webinars live from April 27 – May 1, 2020. You can register for the entire Digital Summit, or for individual sessions based on your preference.During the five-day, you'll gain a depth of knowledge from policy experts at Americans for the Arts and many of their partners, including sessions on congressional COVID-19 relief for the arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.