25 MAY 2010. ARTsmart proudly announces that its 2010 contribution of more than $111,000 to supporting the arts in the Santa Fe Public Schools exceeds last year’s donation by 20%. “As Santa Fe Public Schools face significant reductions in funding for the arts, we are thrilled that so many people believe with us that the fine arts are critical to developing the whole child,” said ARTsmart President Martine Bertin-Peterson. “Our 13th annual ARTfeast weekend in February 2010 was not only a fun time for participants, but also raised moneys that will ensure that Santa Fe’s schoolchildren have the resources and materials needed to develop creative minds and hearts.”

Santa Fe Public Schools. In October 2010, ARTsmart, which is a 501c3 charitable organization, will be donating $111,632 to SFPS art programs and teachers, art organizations, scholarships and endowments. “We are giving SFPS $40,000 for purchasing art materials in the elementary schools,” Bertin-Peterson explains. “SPFS teachers will receive $5,000 in individual grants targeted to specific art projects. And an additional $10,000 will finance ARTsmart student art projects for 2011. We will also be returning nearly $3,000 to high school students with whom we shared the proceeds from their 2010 art sales on a 50/50 basis.”

Also disbursed this year is the $4,000 ARTsmart Art Changes Lives Scholarship, which was awarded to Santa Fe High School senior Rebekah Birken, the $250 Envisioning the Future stipend given to SFHS senior Christopher Montoya, and $1,000 apiece to the past three scholarship awardees.

Art organizations & endowments. ARTsmart also reviews other art programs in the city and elects to donate to those of merit. This year ARTsmart awards $5,000 to Fine Art for Children and Teens. The remaining funds are earmarked for endowments: $20,375 to the ARTsmart General Endowment Fund and $21,175 to the Scholarship Endowment. “Many of our biggest donors recognize the importance of perpetuating the arts for future generations,” Bertin-Peterson says, adding that with the 2010 contribution, ARTsmart will have donated more than $834,000 to Santa Fe schoolchildren in the past 12 years.