ArtsCrawl: Let’s Have a Ball! on December 8 will be gallupARTS’ final ArtsCrawl event. In July, gallupARTS announced its strategic decision to make the 2018 season its last producing ArtsCrawl. After five years with gallupARTS at the helm, ArtsCrawl is well-established and perfectly primed for pass-off to new entity to carry it forward.
Since 2013, gallupARTS has nurtured ArtsCrawl from its infancy to the fully grown, exceptionally impactful event it is now. gallupARTS has enthusiastically dedicated significant time and resources to increasing the structure and organization of the event so that it can maximize its potential.
As a result of gallupARTS’ efforts, ArtsCrawl has achieved several very important goals: making a major economic contribution, strengthening the region’s creative ecosystem, creating arts engagement opportunities for a diverse audience, and building community and contributing to a higher quality of life for Gallupians.
With an average attendance of 1,100 people per event, ArtsCrawl will generate an estimated $140,000 this year for the local economy. That’s $7,000 per hour of event-related spending, which translates into more than a customer per minute for some downtown businesses! Some downtown businesses have reported doing 30 – 40% better (in terms of sales) on ArtsCrawl Saturdays than non-ArtsCrawl Saturdays, having record sales during ArtsCrawl events, and practically selling out of merchandise during ArtsCrawl.
Moreover, gallupARTS leverages ArtsCrawl to deliver on its mission to foster Gallup’s creative economy. The event is one of the few paying gigs in town for artists, musicians and performers—gallupARTS collaborates with an average of 37 creative partners per event. ArtsCrawl is also the area’s only free vending opportunity for artists and is the setting for monthly art gallery openings. At ArtsCrawl, everyone from kids to older adults can enjoy seeing, making and hearing art. The event serves up an average of 15 different arts-based activities each month, including live music, dance and theater performances, artist demonstrations, artist meet-and-greets, and art-making workshops.
Above all, gallupARTS views ArtsCrawl’s highest purpose as helping downtown regain its rightful place as the heart of our community. Over sixty percent of event attendees report that attending ArtsCrawl has improved their image of downtown, noting that ArtsCrawl makes downtown feel more welcoming and vibrant. As one Crawler put it, “Before ArtsCrawl, my family didn’t venture downtown to look at the shops or check anything out because it didn’t seem family-friendly.” Another says, “Growing up around the Gallup area, I always thought only bad things downtown. But seeing the ArtsCrawl—the families getting together, kids running around and everyone coming together and just enjoying the entertainment—it is a different story.”
The August issue of New Mexico Magazine, with subscribers nationwide, includes a rave review of ArtsCrawl in its article entitled Gallup Revival: “by the time [ArtsCrawl] kicks into gear, downtown Gallup has blossomed into a community party…Navajo, Zuni, Anglo and Hispanic participants mix together…There are belly dancers, a girl rap group, and a pile of giant Jenga pieces for kids to practice their architectural skills….Smiling, applauding, and getting along with one another, they craft a community of love.” ArtsCrawl is truly a jewel in Gallup’s crown; it’s art in all of its definitions, and it’s the people that make it happen.
So, gallupARTS would like to first and foremost thank YOU—the community—for making ArtsCrawl the incredible success that it is.
gallupARTS would also like to share its deep appreciation to its partners, collaborators and supporters for their contributions over the last five years. Thank you very much to:
– The Gallup Business Improvement District for funding the event;
– The City of Gallup and its Public Works, Streets, Fire, Parks and Police departments for the significant amount of technical and logistical support they lend to the event;
– All of the previous ArtsCrawl Coordinators, including Amy Coats, Dee Santillanes, Nitasha Manning, and Aaron Mingus, who each brought vision and energy to the event, carrying it forward with few resources and big ideas;
– Our regular creative collaborators—including BK Taiko, Foundations of Freedom, Gallup Repertory Theater, Kevin Schemp, Lynette Curley, Lynn Huenemann, the Octavia Fellin Public Library, Padma Komaravolu, and Steve Marti—to all of the amazing artists, musicians, performers, and bands that have contributed their talents to ArtsCrawl, and to all of the community organizations, schools, and teachers who have made ArtsCrawl extra special;
– Our extremely dedicated and hard working current Ambassador corps—Alicia Palacios, Jimmy Thomas, Tera Selleck, Tasha Nez—and to our former Ambassadors Jonathan Yazzie, Maya Ross and Nicole Pete;
– Our terrific volunteers: Anne Price, April Forman, Eangielene Leslie, Shannon Gurley O’Donnell, Scarlett Selleck, the Miyamura High Key Club and the Gallup High Cheer Squad; and
– All of the downtown businesses who have gone above and beyond to enhance ArtsCrawl over the last five years: Bill Malone Trading, Camille’s Sidewalk Café, City Electric, Coal Street Pub, Crashing Thunder Gallery, Downtown Flea Mart, El Morro Theatre, Free Spirit Gallery, Gallup Downtown Conference Center, Gallup Service Mart, Jerry’s Café, La Montanita Co-op, LOOM Gallery, Nizhoni Music Therapy, One80 Productions, opo gallery, Quintana’s Music & Indian Jewelry, Sammy C’s Rockin’ Sports Pub & Grille, Silver Stallion, Southwest Indian Foundation, The Consignment Boutique, Weaving in Beauty, and Yazzie’s Indian Art.
gallupARTS’ commitment to ArtsCrawl has been unwavering. Our organization strongly believes Gallup deserves a regular event where people and families can come together, experience art, enjoy each other’s company, and take pride in their community. gallupARTS is looking forward to continuing its commitment to ArtsCrawl by taking on more fully its role as an art gallery and downtown business participant in the event and to celebrating ArtsCrawl’s continued achievements.
gallupARTS’ dedication and contribution to downtown Gallup and the broader community will continue to grow through its ongoing myriad programs and projects and many new and exciting ones. This year, gallupARTS is on track to serving 26,000 McKinley County residents and 1,500 professional and student artists through 13 different art-based community programs. gallupARTS received and executed eight grant awards totaling $207,400 in the last year, including three major federal grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the next year, gallupARTS will be applying for over $150K in state and national grants to bring unparalleled arts experiences and resources to the community.
Thank you, Gallup and the surrounding area, once more for an incredible 5 years of ArtsCrawl! Help us celebrate at ArtsCrawl: Let’s Have a Ball on Saturday, December 8 from 7 – 9pm with live music, a radio production of A Christmas Carol by Gallup Repertory Theater, ballet and belly dance performances by FOF, and a dance party!
With sincere appreciation,
Executive Director, gallupARTS
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 8 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 Gallery, Young 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.
There are many definitions of community: a particular place, a group of people living together, a feeling of fellowship, a bond based on shared characteristics or values. The Northside is all of these things and more! On Friday, September 15th from 10am – 3pm at UNM-Gallup’s North Campus, celebrate Gallup’s Northside community with the neighborhood’s first annual NorthFest. With generous sponsorship by District 1 Councilor Linda Garica, gallupARTS, UNM-Gallup North Campus, ATD-Fourth World and the New Mexico Aging & Long-term Services Department have teamed up for a day of art, literacy and—most importantly—community.
To reflect the diversity, rich heritage and history of the Northside, NorthFest will include a variety of family-friendly, interactive activities:
– The community’s leaders, elders and poets will be telling stories all day long in the “Storytelling Corner.”
– UNM-G North Campus teachers and students will lead event participants in “fence-weaving,” beautifying the neighborhood by creating colorful patterns from plastic cups the Campus’ chain link fence. The UNM-G North Campus team will also host traditional food demonstrations and will offer up a Northside-themed photo booth.
– ATD-Fourth World invites kids of all ages to write their own versions of the children’s book Something Beautiful, sharing what is beautiful about the Northside.
– gallupARTS will lead attendees in a collaborative big book-making project: finger-paint a page to add to a larger-than-life-sized book called Once Upon a Time in the Northside…
– Local potter Steve Marti needs everyone’s hand in a community art project: make a clay handprint to add to a “hand-in-hand” tile display which will eventually be installed on the corner of N. 7th Street and Wilson Ave.
Hands are indeed an overarching motif of the event (which is why they are included in the logo). The event itself values individual’s unique ideas and contributions, and represents what people can accomplish when they work together. NorthFest is also all what you can make and create with your hands.
“Hands also reflect our identity whether in the contemporary utilization of fingerprints, or the ancient expression of handprints on canyon walls,” says UNM-North Campus Director Laura Jijon. “Our hands say, I am here. I passed this way. I have left a mark. I matter. Hands carry our stories, our heritage, and our hope. This is what we are honoring with NorthFest by bringing together Elders and Children and everyone in between, an intergenerational gathering, the essence of community.”
So, have a hand in celebrating the wonderful Northside community at NorthFest. Students from Del Norte Elementary School will be joining in the festivities in the morning from 10am to noon, and the event is free and open to the public until 3pm. For questions or more information, contact Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-488-2136.