Greetings Fellow New Mexican Art Supporters:

We know you love art and children as much as we do. As art teachers, we often hear proud parents and grandparents brag about their child’s talent in art, or perhaps about their own fond remembrance of making art. Both evoke very powerful feelings, however emotional stories are simply not enough. That’s why we are taking action, and we invite you to join us.

The New Mexico Art Education Association (NMAEA), in conjunction with The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, is proud to present the first annual New Mexico Scholastic Arts Competition for all secondary art students statewide, during the 2013-14 school year.  The Alliance hosts the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards – the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.  Previous national winners include Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Steven King, and many others. As the new affiliate for New Mexico, NMAEA is inviting you to join us as a partner or supporter of this art program.

Last year 185,000 works of art and writing were digitally submitted by teens in grades 7-12 from across the country in many areas of studio art and photography. Each year more than 30,000 teens are recognized in their local communities and 1,500 receive national awards, which are celebrated on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Awards are not only an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents, but also offer opportunities in the arts through scholarships in higher education.

Did you know that the creative industries sector is projected to grow the largest of all the economic sectors over the next 7 to 10 years? Our New Mexico students are unique in their preparedness for that growth due to the extensive artists communities and arts-related businesses located here, as well as the Fine Arts Education Act (FAEA) funding for elementary art programs. However, they are severely hindered by a woeful lack of support in middle school and high school studio classrooms.

We would like to offer you or your business the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a talented New Mexico teenager. There are many ways to partner with NMAEA and NM Scholastics to promote your business – from simply donating products, to sponsorship of the recognition ceremony, at various levels to meet your needs.

Your kind gift will ensure that the NM Scholastics program will not only launch with vigor, it will set the tone for quality pre-professional student artwork in our state and promote the importance of supporting the creative students of New Mexico. There are also many special benefits in becoming a NM Scholastic sponsor so we’ve included a donors structure for your review. Simply fill out the attached form and send with payment, or go the NMAEA website and contribute via PayPal:

If you’d like to support our creative students in the studio, media and visual arts, become involved with NM Scholastic Art Awards. Your efforts will dramatically assist the artistic education of New Mexico’s art students, provide opportunities for advance recognition for overlooked talent, and elevate the prominence of art in New Mexico’s secondary schools – an under appreciated curriculum. Be a part of a life changing experience!

For more information please call: 505-480-5312 or visit our website:


Nikki Turman                                     Joseph Paul Baca

NM Scholastics Co-Chair, NMAEA       NM Scholastics Co-Chair, NMAEA


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