***As of March 24, all non-essential businesses in New Mexico are closed until April 10. We encourage you to continue to visit our site for more updates, and to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube, where we’re sharing videos, stories, and images from artists throughout the state.***
Amidst this unprecedented time of change across the globe, we’re tracking arts-related closures and postponements locally and nationally. In this post, you’ll also find resources for artists. For the most updated information, please contact each venue individually. Stay tuned for more from us on ways to enjoy the beauty of art—its release, its expression, its embodiment of joy—from wherever you may be.
This list will be updated as we receive new information. Last update: Tues, March 24, 9:49 am MDT.
New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
All NM Department of Cultural Affairs museums and historic sites are temporarily closed to the public.
All public events at DCA Divisions through April 9, 2020, have been canceled. Individual events on museum and historic site websites will be updated with this information, and presenters should be contacted for events not produced by DCA’s Divisions.”
Specifically, DCA’s statewide divisions include:
- Office of the Secretary and Administrative Services (Santa Fe)
- Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum (Las Cruces)
- Historic Preservation (Santa Fe)
- Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology (Santa Fe)
- Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe)
- Museum Resources (Santa Fe)
- National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque)
- New Mexico Arts (Santa Fe)
- New Mexico History Museum (Santa Fe)
- New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe)
- New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (Albuquerque)
- New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo)
- New Mexico State Library (Santa Fe and statewide)
- Office of Archaeological Studies (Santa Fe)
- New Mexico Historic Sites”
516 Arts in Albuquerque is closed for the time being. From 516 Arts: “Based on the latest update and recommendations from Mayor Tim Keller and the City of Albuquerque, we have decided that it is in the best interest of the health and well-being of our community, artists, and staff to close 516 Arts temporarily until it is safe to reopen. All of our public events are also postponed for now.
- If you signed up for an event between now and then, stay tuned for rescheduling information. This includes the Chimayó Weaving Tour, workshops, and school tours.
- We will refund any fees if you cannot attend the new dates.
- We will pay all artists and presenters as planned.
- Our team is currently planning ways to share more of our current programs online so you can experience the arts even if you’re stuck quarantined at home.”
CCA Santa Fe + The Screen
The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, which includes two cinema locations, is closed for now and plans to be closed for the next three weeks. Programs and events are being rescheduled for later dates, and you can call them to receive a refund if you had tickets to a canceled event or film.
From CCA: “Out of an abundance of caution and the intention to be as proactive as possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have made the decision to close CCA as of 3/14/2020. This closure is planned to extend through the next three weeks. We intend to reschedule as many of the programs and events as possible for a later date. If you had tickets to a canceled event or film, please call to receive a refund.”
City of Albuquerque
The City of Albuquerque, which is responsible for several outdoor and indoor cultural spaces, announced that all BioPark facilities will be closed until after April 15, including indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Indoor cultural facilities including the Albuquerque Museum, Explora, Balloon Museum, Casa San Isidro, are closed through April 15, except for limited registration programming.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
All Georgia O’Keeffe Museum sites are closed temporarily to the public, including their Santa Fe museum galleries, library and archive, education annex, research center, and their Abiquiu welcome center.
Harwood Museum of Art
The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos is closed to the public until April 7. All public programming is canceled or postponed until after May 10.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is to close this week (Spring break for the college is extended another week. Online instruction will start on Monday, March 30. Classes at the college will be remote for the remainder of the semester): “Effective Wednesday, March 18 until Monday, April 6, the IAIA campus and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will be closed. ”
Lensic Performing Arts Center
The Lensic has canceled all events through April 9 and is actively working on rescheduling. You can find a list of all upcoming events and their reschedule/cancellation status online. According to their website, if an event is canceled and won’t be rescheduled, ticket-holders can receive a refund through the Lensic box office (505-988-1234).
Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return exhibition is closed until March 31, and all concerts and events have been canceled through April 15. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding refunds.
Museum of Encaustic Art
The Museum of Encaustic Art and Encaustic Art Institute are closed until April 7. All adult and children workshops are closed until April 18th.
Performance Santa Fe
All performances and special events have been canceled or postponed through April 30. Their offices are working remotely, and can still be reached via phone and email.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is still open to the public, however, all larger gatherings have been canceled or postponed for now. From Santa Fe Botanical Garden:
“We are making every attempt to keep the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill open to the public for as long as possible. Please check the website for the most up to date information, which may include specific information on accepting cash payments, or switching to online payments entirely to limit person-to-person contact.
We are postponing or canceling gatherings of 100 people or more through the end of April. This includes:
- March 19th’s Food for Thought at Restaurant Martin is postponed until a later date.
- The Easter Egg Hunt on April 12 is canceled.
- The 2020 Art Exhibition, Earth Revealed has been postponed until 2022.
- Shakespeare in the Garden is postponed until a later date.
Many of the lectures and workshops that are offered this spring will move to an online format via Zoom, including the popular weekly early childhood class, Garden Sprouts. Other classes will be rescheduled to a later date. Please check the website for the most up to date information.”
Santa Fe Community Gallery
The new exhibition Play/Things: The Iconography of the Toy from the City of Santa Fe Arts & Culture Department’s Community Gallery is postponed until April 6, and will now run through May 22.
Santa Fe Pro Musica
Pro Musica has canceled or rescheduled the remaining performances and other events in their 2019-2020 Season. Patrons with tickets to any of these events will receive a refund, credit for a future performance, or will be able to redirect their ticket purchase to fund partial or full musician fees.
SITE Santa Fe
SITE Santa Fe is temporarily closed until further notice. All public programs through April are either cancelled or postponed, including the opening events for their new show Displaced: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis.
The gallery at Tamarind Institute is closed to the public until April 7. Tamarind will continue to fulfill orders placed online at tamarind.unm.edu. For any questions, please contact Tamarind by email at email@example.com, online at tamarind.unm.edu, or via social media.
Theater Grottesco has postponed their show, THE OTHER, until further notice. They’re offering ticket refunds, and will honor tickets at future dates. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with box office questions.
The Wheelwright Museum
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian will remain open for now, but is canceling all public programming in March and April.
Resources for Artists:
Creative Capital, which works to support artists through funding, counsel, gatherings, and career development services, has a handy list of resources for artists during this time on their site here.
National and Global Updates:
For a snapshot of closures around the world, see this story from Widewalls.
For national museum closures, see this article from The Art Newspaper.
The Art Newspaper also has updated information on art fair cancellations and postponements here.
And be sure to check out Hyperallergic’s daily report on coronavirus updates for the art world.