Welcome to Our New Site!

This fall, we are excited to announce our new web site, designed and developed in collaboration with local creative Acacia Carr. For our new mobile friendly web site, we wanted something clean and modern as well as playfully creative. We hope you will agree that the project was a success!

ARTsmart Crafts New Vision and Mission Statements

At an August retreat, the Board and staff addressed the vision and mission of ARTsmart New Mexico. Program Director Amanda Thomas noted that our new mission and vision “speak directly to the work we do in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.

Vision Creating a better tomorrow by inspiring and transforming the lives of our youth through the arts.

Mission To serve our communities by providing educational opportunities in the arts that promote confidence, self-discovery, and creative problem-solving skills.

Meet the Artist: Katarina Pittis

We love hearing from past ARTsmart scholarship winners! Our 2014 winner, Katarina Pittis, sends word from New York University about her spring trip to Havana, Cuba, to study film history, art, and culture. Through the guidance of NYU Tisch Special Programs and El Fundacion Ludwig de Cuba, she created two short documentaries, one of which, El Malecon, may be viewed on Vimeo here. This four-minute portrait of Cuban artist Rafael Villares documents his photographic series Finisterre. Learn more about ARTsmart scholarships and past winners.

El Malecón from Katarina Pittis on Vimeo.

Meet New ARTsmart Board Members

Cheri Briscoe

Cheri Briscoe Briscoe moved to Santa Fe in 1977 with a young family. She was employed by local Santa Fe bank and trust companies, and in 1994 she became a certified financial planner, furthering her expertise in trust administration. She retired in 2016 but has served many organizations in the capacity of a board member, including the United Way of Santa Fe County, American Cancer Society, Financial Woman’s International, and Santa Fe Estate Planning Council. She is currently on the board of El Castillo Continuing Care Retirement Residences.

Gail Edmonds

Gail Edmonds Edmonds is a life-long artist and arts educator. Her career has spanned more than three decades, including experience as both a teacher and administrator as a K-12 visual arts coordinator for the Middletown Public Schools, CT. She worked as a consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education specifically in the areas of curriculum design and assessment. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants for her artwork as well as her contributions to arts education at the state and national levels. Widely exhibited in the northeast, her artworks are included in numerous public and private collections. In 2010 she established a home and studio in Santa Fe where she continues her artistic pursuits.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson Johnson is a retired naval officer who served in a variety of military and civilian positions including commanding officer of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Sturgeon. He has worked in environmental cleanup around the US and UK, finally serving as president and project manager of a nuclear waste cleanup company in Richland, WA, from which he retired in 2013. He was also the executive director of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness. Johnson served on a variety of civic and charitable organizations in the UK, South Carolina and Washington State, including the White Haven Sea Cadets, Aiken Center for the Arts, Joye (formerly Julliard), and Columbia Basin Foundation. Since 2004, he and wife Carol have lived off and on in Santa Fe, where they recently built their retirement home and now live full time.

 ARTsmart Events

Annual Dinner & Auction, You Will Be Served … Harvey Girls Style
Saturday, March 3, 2018, at La Fonda on the Plaza
Tickets: $200 per person. For ticket information and discounts on tables of 10, please call 505-992-2787

ARTsmart’s Art of Home Tour with Keller Williams Realty Santa Fe
Saturday & Sunday, March 3-4, 2018, at various locations in Santa Fe County
Tickets: This is a free community event.

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CLICK HERE to view email version of ARTsmart’s September 2017 Newsletter.