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The New Mexico Arts Foundation provides a easy and safe way for you to target donations to these worthy causes. 



Presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students. You can learn more about the program here:

You can donate to the New Mexico Arts Poetry Out Loud program to honor Phyllis Jennings Kennedy, who played a major role in representing this program within New Mexico.


The NM Department of Cultural Affairs is raising private funds to supplement the commissioning of an artist to create a “Memorial to New Mexico Miners” (the Memorial), an artwork to be located at the NM Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM (NM Tech). 


The New Mexico State Legislature appropriated a total of $220,000 in state capital outlay funds to NM Tech for the Memorial in the 2023 and 2024 Legislative Sessions. Another $200,000 in private contributions to be added to the state funds to increase the project’s total budget to $420,000. 


The deadline for any private funds raised to be added to the total project budget will be September 1, 2024.


The artist selected to create the Memorial will be chosen by due process of the New Mexico Arts division (NMAD) of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) through the Art in Public Places Program’s published site-specific commission procedures as described in Title 4, Chapter 12, Part 11 of New Mexico’s Administrative Code.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed mine worker memorial.

Courtesy photo By John Larson, El Defensor Chieftain

The Nacha Mendez Scholarship
Music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth. While it is an essential part of life for everyone, Nacha believes music is particularly potent for young women and girls of color. Her mission is to encourage and promote the art of instrumental and vocal performance in girls, ages 8-15, in the state of New Mexico. Details at
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