The City recognizes that quality of life isn’t only represented by good streets, reliable utilities, or the many programs and services provided. Quality of life is enhanced by support of a community’s art and cultural resources, and the City of Las Cruces is a proud example of this support.
City Art Board Presents SmART Artist Workshop Series
The Las Cruces City Art Board presents SmART educational workshops in a four-part series of presentations designed to empower local artists in their professional practice. The techniques and strategies discussed in the workshops can help artists succeed at any level.
Second in the series: "Photo and Online Portfolio"
4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 2
Register for the Zoom webinar (must register to attend).
Presenter: Bree Lamb, Assistant Professor of Photography, New Mexico State University
The first SmART workshop "Writing an Artist Statement/CV" video be found on the Las Cruces Public Art Facebook page.
Future Workshops (Locations and Times TBD):
- "Maintaining Art as a Business"
- "Applying for Public Art"
Animal Services Center for the Mesilla Valley Public Art Project
ASCMV Site Map - Future sculpture location is marked in yellow in the maps below. Click on each tile to see enlarged map.
|ASCMV Site Plan A (Sculpture location shown in yellow)||ASCMV Site Plan B (Shows landscape areas of site)|
Project Timeline - dates are tentative and subject to change except for submission deadline.
- March 1 – Project Announced / Call for Entry opened
- March 31 – Submission Deadline
- April 23 – Complete First Phase of Jury Selection
- May 13 - Second Phase of Jury Selection
- July 26 – Finalists’ written presentations due
- July 29 - Finalists give in-person presentation of design and materials to Selection Committee
- August 12 - Selection Committee recommendation presented to the City Art Board
- TBD – Regular City Council Session to accept and announce the chosen design.
- TBD – Artwork will be completed and installed eight months from contract date.
Complete prospective can be found by going to CaFÉ.
The Las Cruces Public Art Master Plan
The master planning process, which began late last year, engaged people throughout Las Cruces to share their perspective on the future of public art in the community. Find out More...
The City of Las Cruces will post its public art opportunities on Call for Entry (CaFÉ ). Artists are encouraged to create a profile at Call for Entry (CaFÉ) to stay current on local and national art opportunities.
The following CaFÉ webinars offer insights and best practices from the artist viewpoint for managing your CaFÉ call for artists:
Go to the CaFÉ website to access a wide selection of resources to assist artists with applying for art opportunities.
The City Council passed Ordinance 2674 creating the City Art Board in 2013. The City Council passed Resolution 15-126 in 2014 establishing a dedicated funding source for the solicitation of artists, the procurement, installation and maintenance of current and future pieces of public art by setting aside 1 percent of the general fund in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The City Council approved Resolution 16-043 establishing the City Art Board’s Strategic Plan in 2015.
The City Art Board comprises seven volunteer members appointed by the Mayor with advice and consent of the City Council. The board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council in matters related to public art. Meet the City Art Board or find meeting agendas here. All meetings are open to the public. Follow this link for more information.