Catch up on recent art news headlines in the Southwest region, including people on the move, grants, and more.
Federal Pandemic Relief for Southwest Cultural Organizations
In early October, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), as part of the federal American Rescue Plan Act, announced $87.8 million in ARPA funding to approximately 300 cultural and educational institutions “to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, retain and rehire workers, and reopen sites, facilities, and programs.” Southwest organizations receiving funding include:
Phoenix Art Museum
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, Inc.
The University of Arizona, Tucson
Denver Museum of Natural History
Denver Architecture Foundation
Colorado Historical Society/History Colorado, Denver
University Press of Colorado, Louisville, Colorado
Colorado State University Pueblo
The Neon Museum, Las Vegas
Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Santa Fe
National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, Albuquerque
Pueblo of Isleta
The School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe
SITE Santa Fe
Taos Center for the Arts
Bishop Blue, Marshall
Center for African American Military History/Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Houston
Indigenous Cultures Institute, San Marcos
Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin
Prairie View A&M University
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin, Seguin
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Stokes Nature Center, Logan
Sundance Institute, Park City
The University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Cahokia SocialTech + Artspace, Phoenix
In October, Melody Lewis (Mojave, Tewa, Hopi) and Eunique Yazzie (Diné) opened Cahokia SocialTech + Artspace, “an Indigenous-led platform for creative placekeeping.” The Native American women-owned venue on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix (707 North Third Street, #130) includes spaces for exhibitions, retail, coworking, and events for marginalized communities.
Grants and Awards
Three Southwestern Artist Win Prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Awards
Luis Tapia (Santa Fe), Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo), and Justin Favela (Las Vegas, NV) were among fifteen artists receiving $60,000 in unrestricted grant funds and professional support over a five-year period.
The Wheelwright Receives Half-Million Dollar Grant
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation granted $500,000 to Santa Fe’s Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The Wheelwright announced that it plans to use the funds on digitizing the museum’s vast collections of archival materials, improving technical infrastructure, and building a new website.
Indigenous Activists in Arizona Receive Artist2Artist Fellowship
Art Matters Foundation announced a new regranting program titled Artist2Artist, where alumni grant recipients act as grantmakers. Two Southwest cultural workers—Lyncia Begay and Klee Benally, both of Flagstaff, Arizona—were named as grant recipients. In total, thirty-six artists, cultural workers, and collectives were awarded $195,000.