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Senator Heinrich and Mayor Keller Come Together to Support New Mexico Arts With Free Workshops

Workshops will help connect arts organizations and artists to resources.
September 30, 2019

Elevating the creative economy is one of the priorities of Mayor Tim Keller's economic development efforts in Albuquerque. Mayor Keller is pleased to join Senator Martin Heinrich in co-hosting Celebrating Culture: Workshops Supporting New Mexico Arts at the Albuquerque Museum on October 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"I am holding a series of events supporting New Mexico arts because I want to thank and support the artists and organizations that help our arts and culture thrive here generation after generation," explains Senator Heinrich.

In line with the City of Albuquerque's Tipping Points for Creatives initiative, which was announced earlier this year, the goal of the workshop is to help connect arts organizations and artists to federal, local, and private resources. Workshop attendees will learn about funding opportunities, navigating visiting artist visas, collaborating with foreign governments and federal institutions, and how to apply for a public art commission.

"Artists are some of our city's best and brightest entrepreneurs, and the arts have been a part of Albuquerque's world-class culture from the beginning," Mayor Keller said. "From our Tipping Points creative accelerator to these workshops, we're looking for ways to help our local artists build successful careers. I'm pleased to join Senator Heinrich and Bernalillo County for an event that continues investing in the local creative economy."

Space is limited and registration is required at Registration closes on September 24 or when registration is full.

In addition to exploring federal and private funding opportunities and hearing about Tipping Points for Creatives, attendees will be able to select two of four sessions:

Working with Foreign Governments and Smithsonian Institutions - Discover new ways of leveraging partnerships with foreign governments to bring art into New Mexico and take New Mexican art out to the world. Hear tips on working with Smithsonian institutions on traveling exhibits and more. Get ideas on how your Congressional Delegation can support your diplomatic partnerships and collaborations with federal entities.

Successfully Competing for Public Art Projects - Explore the ins-and-outs of public art commissioning. Find out how to stay informed about opportunities as they come up. Hear from city, state, and federal representatives on how their processes work and what they look for in selecting among proposals.

Navigating Visiting Artist Visas - Learn the rules and requirements of visiting artist visas. Hear from a leading local organizations on their use of visiting artist visas and trends in how the applications are processed. Find out how your Congressional Delegation can help in the visa process.

Building Online Presence and Advertising - Find out how to leverage Facebook and Instagram to build an online presence and advertise, whether for your own art or for your organization. Learn new tools or improve on the basics to enjoy the full benefits of a social media presence.

A full agenda can be accessed at A workshop will take place in Santa Fe on September 30.