Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

Arts & The Military Mini Grant Awardees Announced.

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

January 02, 2024


Arts & The Military Mini Grant Awardees Announced. 

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Arts, the state’s arts agency, announces recipients of 2024 Arts and the Military Mini Grant program. This funding supports arts organizations and veteran-focused organizations to create or expand opportunities for veterans and active-duty service members to engage with the arts. New Mexico Arts is awarding $2,500 mini grants that will serve military and veteran audiences – including active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, their families and caregivers, and others. Nine New Mexico-based organizations have been selected for projects that meet the criteria of the following program goals: 

The Arts & The Military Mini Grants, is a program of New Mexico Arts with the funding support of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico Legislature. Proposals were received from 19 organizations across the state seeking support. Congratulations to the following organizations:  

SouthWest Writers - Albuquerque

Santa Fe Children’s Museum - Santa Fe

Ghost Ranch National Foundation - Abiquiu

KSJE’s Native Art Veteran Voices of the Four Corners - Farmington

Flamenco Works - Albuquerque

Otero Arts - Alamogordo

Center - Santa Fe

New Mexico Veteran Art -Peralta

WNMU - Silver City

“The Arts & The Military Initiative is rooted in New Mexico Arts’ mission to ensure the arts are central to the lives of New Mexicans,” said Michelle Laflamme-Childs, Executive Director of New Mexico Arts. “These proposed projects show the variety of creative efforts our partners use to engage military connected audiences through the arts. Studies continue to show that participation in arts & culture activities and programs can improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for our military and veteran populations, their families, and their caregivers.” 

New Mexico has 141,558 veterans residing in the state with military retirees in all 33 counties. 8.8% of the adults in the state are veterans, a higher percentage than neighboring states and the 12th largest veteran-to-adult population in the United States.  

For more information, contact Arts & The Military Program Coordinator, Kevin Lenkner, 505-412-5791 or email 

About New Mexico Arts   

New Mexico Arts is the state arts agency and a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. New Mexico Arts administers the state’s One Percent for Public Art program, awards grants to nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural programs in their communities across the state, and provides technical assistance and educational opportunities for organizations, artists, and arts educators throughout New Mexico.  

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