Why become a gallupARTS member? Here’s why!

Reason #1: to help gallupARTS deliver on its mission to “foster creativity, culture, commerce, and quality of life in Gallup and McKinley County through the arts.”

The contributions of gallupARTS members are essential in helping gallupARTS not only reach, but exceed its 2018 goals—and the year isn’t over yet!

By the end of this year, gallupARTS will have created opportunities for 450 emerging and professional artists and 400 student artists, and will have engaged 17,250+ McKinley County residents in the arts through 12 different community-based programs. 

In 2018, gallupARTS successfully executed grant projects, totaling $207,400, including:

– A $30,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to design a website showcasing Gallup’s collection of New Deal art;

– A $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America grant to produce Gallup’s first-ever Native American Artist-in-Residence program at ART123 Gallery;

– A $150,000 NEA Our Town grant to lead an arts-focused, community-based process to design the future downtown Coal Avenue Commons.

Additional highlights from 2018 include increased advocacy and action at the State and national levels. In the last year, gallupARTS 

– Was selected to participate in the 2018 National Association of Counties Creative Placemaking Challenge;

– Presented downtown revitalization strategies at the 2018 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit – West.

– Was profiled in the August 2018 issue of New Mexico Magazine;

– Presented in the economic impact of the arts to 3 New Mexico Legislative Committees: Senate Finance Committee, Legislative Finance Committee, and Economic & Rural Development Committee;

– Presented on projects leveraging public art at the 2018 New Mexico Association of Museums Annual Conference;

– Had Best in Show Night hosted at ART123 Gallery nominated for a “Best New Experience” Top HAT award by the New Mexico Hospitality Association.

Looking ahead to next year, gallupARTS will be continuing its current signature programs: ART123 Gallery, LOOM GalleryYoung Artists of McKinley County and NorthFest. An added focus of gallupARTS’ will be to enhance its gallery programs through more artist talks, classes and workshops. It will also be seeking to expand on its NorthFest program, providing more arts engagement opportunities in Gallup’s Northside neighborhoods. Additionally, gallupARTS has been encouraged to apply for a $100,000 grant from the NEH to continue developing the Gallup New Deal Art website, and a $30,000 NEA ArtWorks grant to produce another Native American Artist-in-Residence program. 

Reason #2: The perks!

All gallupARTS members receive a postcard magnet featuring work by a local artist, get the inside scoop on exciting things happening in Gallup’s arts community, and are invited to special events, such as gallupARTS’ annual Member Appreciation Night.

Click here to join gallupARTS today!