ARTsmart was chosen for the fourth year in a row to design and create the ornaments for New Mexico’s tree in the 2013 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park, Washington, D.C.. New Mexico’s ornaments were designed and created by 1st through 9th grade artists participating through ARTsmart in Santa Fe. The students created colorful tin ornaments which were inspired by local New Mexico folk art. Some local tin artists consider it to be “the noble metal” while others consider it “the poor man’s silver.” The tin is shaped, stamped, punched and cut into a wide variety of colorful and beautiful artwork. The ornaments that the students created include the New Mexico State Seal, a roadrunner, balloons, snowmen, Zias and Kokopelli. Students worked with art instructor Melinda Baker and First Gentleman of New Mexico Chuck Franco to create their tin ornaments.