Take Advantage of Resources
The City of Santa Fe requires a business registration ($35) for companies located in the City. Companies located outside the city limits but doing business in Santa Fe are also required to have a business license ($10).
Santa Fe County requires registration and licensing of both home based and commercial businesses in the county. Link below is to county website page to download home occupation application, sign permits and other development applications.
Finance New Mexico is your resource for funding and knowledge to start or grow a business in New Mexico. Sponsored by a partnership of public and private entities, all of which share the goal of increasing economic development, Finance New Mexico provides you with tools to help your business thrive.
NMEDD is a statewide resource offering information and assistance for getting your New Mexican business started. The Economic Development Department’s Business Team works closely with the local economic development organizations to provide a variety of assistance for New Mexico businesses. Whether you are looking for financial, labor training, technical or regulatory assistance, this team has the expertise to guide you through the process. If you have an out-of-state business which you would like to expand or relocate to New Mexico please contact the New Mexico Partnership.
New Mexico Partnership:
The NM Taxation and Revenue has a helpful website for businesses with links to important tax forms, applications and instructions for Business Tax Identification Numbers, and Business Tax Registration updates and instructions.
Small Business Assistance Programs
New Mexico District Office (SBA)
SBA programs and services support the small business person. Learn about SBA-backed loans, government contracting opportunities, disaster assistance, financial assistance, help with laws and regulations, counseling and training programs to help your business succeed.
The SBA has several programs to guarantee bank loans. A business plan is usually required for a start-up loan request.
7(a) Business Loan Guarantees: For credit worthy small businesses needing to borrow $100,000 or more. This program guarantees a bank loan and can provide favorable terms to the borrower as well as allow the bank to assume slightly more risk.
504 Fixed Asset Based Loans: For small businesses in need of financing for fixed assets such as land, buildings and equipment. A 504 carries substantially less equity requirements and better terms than an average bank loan. This loan involves a direct SBA loan with bank participation.
SBA Revolving Line of Credit Program: CAPLines is the umbrella program under which the SBA helps small businesses meet their short-term and cyclical working-capital needs. A CAPLines loan can be for any dollar amount and is a bank guarantee program.
Special Audiences: The SBA is a strong advocate of minority and special audiences and provides information on programs and services in support of women entrepreneurs, veteran’s business development, Native Americans, special minority programs. Additionally, there is an entire site devoted to young entrepreneurs-the future of America’s small businesses and international trade.
500 Gold Avenue, SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Office Hours: 8:00 to 4:30
SBA Answer Desk:
Santa Fe Economic Development Division assists businesses in locating, expanding, and relocating in Santa Fe. Please visit the website and Business Resources link for valuable information to help your business thrive.
Resources list: http://santafebiz.org/build-your-business/
The RDC assists Northern New Mexico communities and small businesses with economic development activities. We work with community leaders to address the increasingly rapid pace of technological, social and environmental change in NNM by assisting communities and industry in managing their economic projects and initiatives.
We oversee a number of small business orientated programs in Northern New Mexico, including Northern NM Connect (NNMConnect.net), Northern New Mexico 20/20 (nnm2020.org) and Regional Economic Development Initiative (NNMREDI.org).
706 Bond Street
Espanola, NM 87532
Mora Valley Spinning Mill is a vocational training program that is making a difference in the lives of many low income rural families by demonstrating that the cottage weaving industry offers a fulfilling, empowering and economically-sustaining option—particularly for individuals who wish to remain in their rural communities.
SCORE promotes the economy of Santa Fe and New Mexico by counseling small for-profit and nonprofit organizations either in the start-up phase or in an ongoing phase. SCORE provides free team counseling, specialized counseling, email counseling, and workshops by expert volunteer counselors. There are offices in Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Montoya Federal Building
120 Federal Place, Suite 307
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Santa Fe Business
3900 Paseo del Sol
@ Airport Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
The Santa Fe Small Business Development Center is located at the Santa Fe Community College Lead Center. The SBDC has business counselors who provide free and confidential assistance to clients for developing business plans, securing capital, and accessing a wide range of information and assistance.
Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87508-4887
WESST is a statewide small business development and training organization committed to growing New Mexico’s economy by cultivating entrepreneurship through training and micro-lending programs. It operates a revolving loan fund for businesses unable to obtain financing from traditional loan sources. WESST Corp’s loan program focuses on providing business consulting, training, technical assistance and other support services to loan recipients, in order to maximize their chances of success. WESST Corp provides one-on-one business services and workshops to entrepreneurs and businesses owners. WESST Corp’s artisan and market link programs assist northern New Mexico artisans with a full range of business and product development services.
3900 Paseo del Sol
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Roseanna Perea, Administrator/Trainer
Loans and Grants
Traditional LendersBanks are the traditional source of finance for growing a business. Banks normally require a prospective borrower to have good credit, equity (a personal financial stake in the business), collateral (assets that can be liquidated to pay off the loan in case of default) and an obvious source of cash for repayment. The average interest rate for a bank business loan is approximately 10%. Depending upon what the financing will be used for, bank business loans can have terms of from 5 to 15 years. If short-term cash in needed for your business, then a bank line of credit is normally the answer. A line of credit allows you to borrow and pay back cash as needed (with some restrictions) and only pay interest on the balance outstanding.
If you need assistance finding a bank near you, go to the City of Santa Fe’s Economic Development website.
Non-Traditional LendersBanks are the traditional source of finance for growing a business. Banks normally require a prospective borrower to have good credit, equity (a personal financial stake in the business), collateral (assets that can be liquidated to pay off the loan in case of default) and an obvious source of cash for repayment. The average interest rate for a bank business loan is approximately 10%. Depending upon what the financing will be used for, bank business loans can have terms of from 5 to 15 years. If short-term cash in needed for your business, then a bank line of credit is normally the answer. A line of credit allows you to borrow and pay back cash as needed (with some restrictions) and only pay interest on the balance outstanding.
If you need assistance finding a bank near you, go to the City of Santa Fe’s Economic Development website.
ACCION New Mexico is a nonprofit organization that increases access to business credit, makes loans, and provides training which enables emerging entrepreneurs to realize their dreams and become catalysts for positive economic and social change. ACCION has a micro-loan fund program that provides loans for emerging businesses.
2000 Zearing Ave NW
Albuquerque, N.M. 87104
The Bureau of Indian Affairs runs a loan guarantee program for Native American entrepreneurs that do not have strong collateral (real property) requirements, but a tribe must sponsor a loan application. The BIA also makes limited small business grants available. The BIA guarantees loans and makes grants available to tribally owned businesses as well.
Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP) works to build a thriving, risk-welcoming contemporary performance field by providing project-specific funding to playwrights, choreographers, directors, composers and performers experimenting in any performance tradition or discipline.
Writers Grant Program
Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. The Arts Writers Grant Program issues awards for books, articles, short-form writing, and blogs/new and alternative media projects and aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.
This is a revolving loan fund that makes financial assistance available to small businesses and entrepreneurs. NCNMEDD helps entrepreneurs by lending in partnership with a bank so that the overall cost to the borrower is reduced and a long-term relationship with a private bank is established. Low interest rates and longer terms improve a borrower’s cash flow.
Development Loan Fund (SFSBDLF)
The Loan Fund (Santa Fe Small Business Development Loan Fund) provides loans, business training and consulting to entrepreneurs and small businesses that have difficulty in securing traditional commercial credit. The Loan Fund is a financial intermediary that provides loans and technical assistance to for-profit and non-profit businesses and organizations to support the creation and preservation of jobs, the development of affordable housing and the provision of basic human services in low income communities. Eligible businesses must be located within the city of Santa Fe. Loans are intended to help create or retain jobs for low- and moderate-income persons. For every $25,000 borrowed, you must create or preserve at least one job.
P.O. Box 705
Albuquerque, NM 87102
New Mexico Arts is the state arts commission and is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Its primary function is to provide financial support for arts services and programs to nonprofit organizations statewide and to administer the 1% public art program for the state of New Mexico. Those eligible to apply are; tax-exempt nonprofit organizations; units of government; schools, colleges, universities; and Indian tribal government entities in New Mexico. Organizations wishing to apply that are not one of the above may enter into a fiscal sponsorship with a nonprofit organization. If using a fiscal agent, a formal agreement between the agent and the applicant is required. Applications and instructions are available online.
Bataan Memorial Building
407 Galisteo Suite 270
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Foundation Center Cooperating Collection, located on the 2nd floor of the New Mexico State Library, is open to the public from 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday. The Foundation Center Collection concentrates on funding from private foundations for nonprofit organizations. The Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online databases are available for use at all research workstations in the State Library. State Library staff can provide answers to simple funding questions received by phone or email. Email a librarian from the website link.
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507
The Santa Fe Arts Commission provides funding to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, both established and emerging. Funding Opportunities include:
1% Lodgers’ Tax Funding, Community Arts Promotion Program, for organizations with at least a two-year funding history. Applications are limited to requests of $100,000 or less.
Special & New Projects Program, for first-time applicants or one-time projects. Applications are limited to requests of $10,000 or less.
The Community Arts Development Program funds community-based organizations and projects of high artistic quality that provide arts services to the local community. Education through the arts projects in schools and other settings are eligible to apply. Requests are limited to $6,000 or less. Check the website for application process and deadlines.
To be eligible to receive funding, organizations and projects must meet specific requirements. Prior to submitting an application, you should carefully review each category’s eligibility requirements.
Community Nourishing Creativity
SPREAD is a community dinner that funds artists’ projects and creative initiatives. SPREAD seeks to provide micro-grants for innovative projects conceived by New Mexico-based artists. SPREAD is a recurring dinner event designed to generate community-driven financial support to fund artistic innovation.
SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Black Rock Arts Foundation supports individual artists, artist collectives, or 501c3 non-profits that create community-based interactive art. BRAF furnishes artists with direct financial aid for the production and display of interactive art works, with particular emphasis on those artists whose goals and projects operate beyond the institutional mainstream. There are no geographic restrictions placed on those who apply. Complete a grant application on-line.
995 Market St., 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Creative Capital funds artist projects in five disciplines 1) visual arts (includes installation art, painting, fiber art, mixed media works, public art, etc.), 2) film/video arts, 3) performing arts (includes music, dance, theater, puppetry, performance art, etc.), 4) emerging art fields (includes all forms of digital work and work that engages gaming, robotics, design or new technologies), and 5) innovative literature. Projects that transcend traditional discipline boundaries are highly encouraged.
Creative Capital operates on a three-year grant cycle. The first year of each cycle, they issue grants in visual and film/video arts; the next year grants for performing, emerging arts and innovative literature. The third year they continue to support these projects, focusing on tracking progress and assisting with future opportunities.
65 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. In most areas, funding is limited to organizations. (Direct awards to individuals are made only through Literature Fellowships, NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships, and NEA National Heritage Fellowships in the Folk & Traditional Arts.)
Incubators and Spaces
The Los Alamos Small Business Center’s programs exist to assist new businesses and existing businesses alike, with flexible space, guidance, and advice to help them succeed. It is operated by the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, a nonprofit entity that provides assistance to small businesses as well as improving economic outcomes.
Business incubator services include, but are not limited to: office space, phone answering, administrative support, mail service, photocopy machine, fax machine, conference room, and business counseling and assistance.
190 Central Park Square
Los Alamos, 87544
The Santa Fe Business Incubator, a non-profit organization, supports new and growing businesses under one roof, offering a wide range of business training, support programs, flexible leases, and shared equipment in a professional working environment. Participants must be a full-time emerging operation or light manufacturing business once it moves into the Incubator. Prior to occupancy, applicants and businesses must comply, or agree to comply, with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations and ordinances, including applicable environmental laws. Disadvantaged, minorities, and women-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.
3900 Paso del Sol
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Food Service Incubator
The South Valley Economic Development Center is a small business incubator dedicated to helping new and existing small businesses in the South Valley and beyond obtain the resources and information they need to thrive. The SVEDC provides services in three major categories: business incubator and low-cost office space; a commercial kitchen for rent and on-site training (free to tenants and very low cost to non-tenants) in business management; and economic development.
318 Isleta Blvd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105-3822
The International Business Accelerator is a one-stop shop of resources for New Mexican businesses and individuals wishing to introduce their product or service into the global market.
The IBA offers educational programs on how to export/import, an online resource guide of international trade materials, and an electronic database of international trade leads/joint venture opportunities. The IBA also leads outgoing and reverse trade missions of foreign buyers and sellers for the benefit of New Mexican companies. IBA’s team of trade experts offers one-on-one counseling for businesses seeking assistance in meeting their international trade objectives.
113 Sundance Ct.
Santa Teresa, NM 88008
Resources and Programs
Search up-to-date listing of juried art shows, competitions and calls for artists by region and find class listings and workshops by medium, theme, or location. Other resources include online tips and video tutorials.
Art-Support.com is a resource for fine art photographers and other visual artists. The web site was created to help artists understand the business side of art. Articles about the business of art and photography include, tips on selling art; pointers on how to exhibit art; and ideas on how to promote and market artworks. There’s information about artist copyright, artist grants, photography events, photography magazines and much more. You’ll also find the most up-to-date listing of photography galleries, museums and non-profit photography organizations on the Internet.
ARS is a membership organization that represents the intellectual property rights and interests of visual artists and estates of visual artists from around the world. Artists Rights Society provides information on copyright and licensing basics.
Search currently available art jobs: full- and part-time employment, internships, grants, public art projects, residencies—you can search by region, art discipline, type of organization, and more. ArtJob registered users have immediate access to valuable opportunities in the arts that are updated daily. Artjob is a membership organization with subscriptions from $25-$100.
A leading professional organization in the visual arts, CAA serves the needs and interests of 12,000 individual and 2,000 institutional members. Founded in 1911, CAA publishes two scholarly journals in art history, an online reviews journal for books and exhibitions, a weekly email newsletter, and a website with news about the organization, its members, and the larger art and academic worlds. CAA also hosts an Annual Conference for 4,000 to 6,000 artists, scholars, and students, provides career services, and advocates the visual arts on a national level.
CERF’s emergency relief and recovery programs provide assistance to help sustain a craft artist’s career when an emergency occurs. CERF provides training, information and resources to help craft artists strengthen their careers so that they can avoid or at least lessen the impacts of emergencies. CERF provides grants and no-interest loans. Show promoters offer qualifying applicants booth fee reductions or waivers for select shows. CERF offers qualifying applicants discounts on and/or donations of craft-related supplies and equipment.
Creative Capital launched the Professional Development Program (PDP) to share with a broad community of artists some of the tools and strategies for improved self-sufficiency. PDP offers a menu of weekend, one day, and evening length workshops in communities around the country.
PDP is an artist-centered approach that recognizes a career plan must stem from the goals and aspirations of the individual. Workshop structure and pedagogy are designed to deliver timely and accurate information while nurturing a community of artists who validate each other’s work and provide a context to share resources through peer learning. The workshops are typically presented in partnership with local arts organizations, schools and universities, and funding agencies and are led by teams of arts consultants, including grantees trained in the Creative Capital curriculum. Artists in all disciplines and at all stages of their careers may participate in the workshops. PDP offers a range of workshops in a variety of topics, including fundraising, PR/marketing, strategic planning, verbal communications skills, and more.
EVFAC offers year round adult classes in all aspects of traditional and contemporary weaving, spinning, dyeing, knitting, beadwork, basketry and other fiber arts. Many of the classes are taught by nationally known master fiber artists. They also offer the following to EVFAC members: group participation in shows and exhibits; Enchanted Fibers, a gallery space where members’ work is offered for sale; an extensive collection of weaving and spinning equipment for use by members; training for fiber artists in entrepreneurship and production; apprenticeship opportunities; and 20% off yarn, equipment, books, and class fees.
The International Documentary Association (IDA) works to promote nonfiction film and video; supports the efforts of documentary film and video makers around the world; and increases public appreciation for the documentary form. The IDA is a membership organization. Membership is $75/year; student membership is $45/year.
Benefits of membership include the quarterly magazine Documentary a bi-monthly newsletter, and offers programs, seminars, lectures, workshops and screenings. Under its 501(c) (3) nonprofit umbrella, IDA accepts grants and donations for those projects approved to participate in its Fiscal Sponsorship Program, thereby supporting worthwhile programs that would otherwise have difficulty finding funding.
The La Tienda Exhibit Space is a 2,000 square foot exhibit space that promotes economic development for local artists, art education for both children and adults, and cultural enrichment for the Eldorado/285 corridor community. Artists show in groups on a first come/first serve basis. Work is minimally juried to ensure a base level of professionalism. Artists keep 100% of sales generated through exhibitions. In exchange, artists hang, staff and take down their own shows.
This innovative program promotes and strengthens the creative entrepreneurs of New Mexico by providing links to the vibrant arts market via the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shops’ four locations and an extensive online store. In addition, the New Mexico Creates program offers training seminars to artists on marketing, licensing, pricing, and small business loans.
The New Mexico Film Directory is available online and is the official directory of support personnel, businesses and resources in the state. The New Mexico Film Office website serves as a hub for independent filmmakers in New Mexico. The For Locals section lists state and national resources for filmmakers and posts announcements of upcoming productions and industry events. The entire New Mexico location library of digital photos is available to local filmmakers through the website.
Other resources include information on professional organiza-tions, list of national resources, other organizations, publications, funding and grants, and workshops and labs.
The Bulletin Board lists casting calls; classes and workshops; acting, writing, film crew calls; call for entries; employment & volunteer opportunities; general announcements; screenings; and seminars & meetings.
1100 Saint Francis Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
NMLA is a nonprofit dedicated to providing artists and arts organizations with pro bono legal assistance and educational programming within the state of New Mexico. NMLA was created to establish a bridge between the arts and the legal communities so that: artists and art organizations may gain greater competence in handling legal and business aspects of their creative activities; the legal profession may become more aware of and involved in issues affecting artists and the arts community and, the law may become more responsive to the needs and interests of the arts community.
The Music Commission, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, works throughout the state and with other state agencies like the Tourism and Film Departments to promote the many New Mexico musical traditions. The New Mexico Music Directory is a dynamic and ever-growing database of musicians, groups, and services supporting the music industry in New Mexico. Use this service to find performers or groups for your event or project; or to post information about yourself or the services you offer.
This service provides specific answers to artists’ business and technical questions, and referrals to appropriate organizations and resources. After free registration NYFA resources include classifieds, NYFA Source, NYFA Current, NYFA Learning, and Business of Art articles.
Public Art Review is a leading journal critically exploring contemporary public art. Each issue provides opinion, analysis, criticism and discussion about the nature and trends in public art. In addition to the journal the Public Art Review provides a consulting service for project management to community groups, organizations, government agencies, and individual artists seeking to enhance public space. It is carried at most book stores that have a good art magazine section and by subscription for $30/year.
The Santa Fe Artists Emergency Medical Fund helps pay urgent medical bills for professional artists. Administered by the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
505-988-9715, Ext. 8
The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Community Gallery offers inspiring exhibitions for the public, educational and professional development for local artists/artisans and exciting activities for the community. High quality art is for sale at all price levels.
The Community Gallery promotes, sells and exhibits the work of New Mexico artists and artisans, with the emphasis on Santa Fe, through exhibitions, professional training and community involvement in the arts. Gallery programming provides a range of services, exhibitions and activities that engage the public as well as support the efforts of local artists/artisans. As a result, the gallery is a hub for viewing and exhibiting artworks and brings the community to art as well as art to the community.
The city of Santa Fe works with artists and arts businesses to further develop the organization and promotion of workshops that allow visitors to experience Santa Fe in a hands-on fashion. Partnerships and collaborations with the hospitality industry and other entities are welcomed. This initiative was created as a result of the city of Santa Fe’s 2005 appointment to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and builds upon the successful 2008 International Conference on Creative Tourism held in Santa Fe. Sign up on this website to market individual artists, galleries, workshops, and spaces for workshops.
The Santa Fe Public Library has resources on art and business related issues at all three locations. The libraries have free WiFi and internet computers plus books and multiple databases on business topics and creative issues. All locations have community rooms available at no charge. Main and Southside have art exhibit areas for local artists. Contact the branch you are interested in for full details.
La Farge Branch
Sculpture is an international, monthly magazine dedicated to all forms of contemporary sculpture. It contains provocative criticisms, knowledgeable technical discussions and timely exploration of new materials and techniques. The members’ edition of Sculpture includes the Insider Newsletter, which contains information on professional employment, commissions, and exhibition opportunities for sculptors and On Record (announcements of members’ accomplishments). Basic Membership of $100/year is required to receive Sculpture, the newsletters, reduced fees to conferences and workshops, discounts for supplies and services. Students/Young and Senior Professionals receive the benefits for $65/year.
International Sculpture Center
19 Fairgrounds Road, Suite B
Hamilton, NJ 08619
1633 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
A website that provides Santa Fe with the most current, interactive platform for events, music, arts, business, dining and lifestyle. This site is part of the Hutton Broadcasting Company and works seamlessly with the six Hutton-owned local radio stations in Santa Fe. The website offers artists, writers, musicians, and non-profit organizations free splash pages to market themselves and their products.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops offers state-of-the-art photographic education that supports participants of all levels. Their mission statement: We share our passion for photography, offering world-renowned instructors, cutting-edge technology, and dedicated staff. We are committed to excellence, teaching both the technical and creative aspects of photography. We provide a supportive, inspirational community where our participants build confidence in achieving their photographic goals both personally and professionally.
The Santa Fe Studio Tour is made up of local artists engaged in crating fine art. The artists open their studios to the public one weekend each year in June. This is an opportunity to see the artists’ latest work and their working environment. Many of the artists demonstrate their techniques during the tour. Participation in the Studio Tour also provides artists with business skills and marketing training as they work together to prepare for the tours. The tour is open to artists living in the city of Santa Fe and in the Community College District.
Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective (SWFAC) is a grassroots 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with the goal of stimulating and supporting successful cottage industry in the Southwest. It provides lines of communication and information among the many artisans, guilds, art and craft shows and sales, classes, teachers, and others working in the fiber arts.
SWFAC operates The Common Thread, a gallery of unique, handmade fiber art, created by members. Outreach programming includes a week-long fiber arts camp for underserved youth, knitting program for adults with developmental disabilities, and fiber day camps throughout Grant County. Ongoing classes are offered to the community for modest fees and classes in business skills are offered at the Fiber Arts Center.
The Common Thread
107 W Broadway
Silver City, NM 88061
PO Box 636
Silver City, NM 88062
The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) promotes the economic development of American Indians and Alaska Natives of federally recognized Tribes through the expansion of the Indian arts and crafts market. The IACB provides promotional opportunities, general business advice, and information on the Indian Arts and Crafts Act to Native American artists, craftspeople, businesses, museums, and cultural centers of federally recognized Tribes. Additionally, the IACB operates three regional museums, conducts a promotional museum exhibition program, produces a “Source Directory of American Indian and Alaska Native Owned and Operated Arts and Crafts Businesses,” and oversees the implementation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.
WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts. Based in Denver, Colorado, WESTAF fulfills its mission to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts by providing innovative programs and services to artists and arts organizations in the West and nationwide. WESTAF is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the state arts agencies of the west and far west.
A New Mexico based outreach network committed to the professional development and achievement of women in film and TV, through mentorship, networking, education, and community. This organization is for professional women currently working in the industry. Resources at the website include links to technician training and film schools, unions, and the Media Industries Service Project listserve.
The New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is a public/private partnership comprised of the New Mexico School for the Arts, a New Mexico state charter high school, and School for the Arts – NM, a nonprofit art educational institution. The purpose of the New Mexico School for the Arts is to provide the highest standards of excellence in preparing New Mexico’s artistically talented students to compete in the national arena for post-secondary education and/or professional careers in the arts. NMSA offers pre-professional instruction in the performing and visual arts in combination with rigorous academics leading to a New Mexico diploma. NMSA is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only four-year fine arts degree institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. It is devoted to the study of contemporary arts, as well as the art of education. IAIA also operates two centers, the Center for Lifelong Education and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.
Offering degrees in Studio Arts, New Media Arts, Creative Writing, Museum Studies and Indigenous Liberal Studies, IAIA has graduated more than 3,800 students and welcomes students from the 563 Federally-recognized tribes and beyond. In any given year, as many as 112 tribes are represented on campus, adding to the vibrant cultural mix of lAIA’s diverse and welcoming students, faculty and staff.
83 Avan Nu Po Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87508
Santa Fe Community College is responsible for providing the region with affordable high quality education and training. Presented through a variety of delivery methods and time formats, this includes basic skill programs; certificates and technical degrees; associate degrees with four year transfer potential, and personal enrichment courses both for credit and not for credit.
The college provides a rich variety of courses to support the creative industries. Everything from fine arts, portfolio evaluation, gallery management, interior and fashion design, culinary arts, woodworking, new media and film, creative writing, and much more is available.
6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
Santa Fe University of Art and Design is a place where study and practice of art and design is 100% of the focus of the students and faculty. Students can learn their discipline in an environment where art is all around them. Fellow students are “like-kind” —artists who understand the need to create and provide opportunity for collaboration, feedback and critique. Programs build upon the “art” of each profession as a foundation for study. Santa Fe University of Art and Design faculty are renowned, practicing artists who are passionate about helping young artists and designers cultivate their individual talents.
1600 St. Michael’s Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87505