To ensure access to quality visual arts education for all youth in Northern New Mexico public schools
Creating a better future by inspiring and transforming the lives of our youth through the arts
We believe and studies have shown that quality visual arts education enhances students’ confidence, self-discovery, and creative problem-solving skills
We believe that all children living in Northern New Mexico should have access to and understanding of our region’s vibrant visual arts communities, traditions, and economies
We believe that quality visual arts education has the power to transform differences into common bonds and also reinforces cultural pride and connection
ARTsmart is a 501c3 nonprofit that was founded in 1993 as the philanthropic arm of the Santa Fe Gallery Association. In 2013 ARTsmart merged with Fine Arts for Children & Teens (FACT). ARTsmart provides visual arts to more than 7,750 youth annually in Northern New Mexico.
Since its inception, more than $4.4 million dollars has been invested by ARTsmart to subsidize student art programs and provide art materials for northern New Mexico youth. Another $112,000 from the ARTsmart Art Changes Lives Scholarship has been awarded to high school seniors to pursue the visual arts in college.
ARTsmart provides art materials and visual arts instruction for elementary through high school students. ARTsmart programs are conducted independently, in northern New Mexico public schools, and in collaboration with art organizations such as SITE Santa Fe, Meow Wolf, Vital Spaces, and Alas de Agua Art Collective.
ARTsmart is governed by an all-volunteer board from the community. As a working board, ARTsmart board officers and members are actively engaged in all aspects of fundraising and programs.
In 2007, ARTsmart created two endowment funds held at the Santa Fe Community Foundation:
(1) The General Fund was established to ensure the ongoing operation and the success of ARTsmart. (2) The ARTsmart Scholarship Fund is earmarked for scholarships for exemplary high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in the arts. ARTsmart’s goal for the Scholarship Endowment Fund is to be self-sustaining. The fund will provide the scholarship recipient’s assistance for four years of college if the students continue to meet pre-established criteria each year.