Ask Alice

Art Smarter, Not Harder!

Welcome to ALICE – Artists + Libraries Innovative Collaborative Entrepreneurship! This is a collaborative program ran by Las Cruces Public Libraries, Las Cruces Public Art, and the City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department. Our mission is to provide a vibrant platform for artists and creatives, offering unique opportunities to delve into new skills, forge meaningful connections with fellow artists and creative entrepreneurs, all within the heart of Las Cruces. At the core of ALICE's offerings is a makerspace housed in the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library; a groundbreaking Library of Things for borrowing, engaging arts and crafts classes, and transformative Art Smarter, Not Harder professional development workshops tailored for individuals at every skill level. Join us on a journey of creativity, collaboration, and entrepreneurship at ALICE!

A woman painting art on a small canvas

  1. Ceci Vasconcellos

    Public Art Coordinator

  2. Elizabeth Puckett

    Senior Librarian

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Ask ALICE: Art Smarter, Not Harder Workshop Series

Programming is offered at no charge! All workshops are focused on creative professional development and are open to anyone. Registration is highly encouraged.

Workshop 1: "What I Know Now"

Panel discussion with three local distinguished artists who will discuss how thinking out of the box lead to successful careers as artists.

  • Thursday February 29
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Roadrunner Room (Located in Thomas Branigan Memorial Library)

Workshop 2: Financial Coaching for Artists with Tamara Bates, Founder of "the dots between" Fellowship

Part 1 - Tamara Bates discusses financial literacy basics including information about budgeting, credit, debt, and savings. 

  • Wednesday, March 27
  • 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Roadrunner Room (Located in Thomas Branigan Memorial Library)

Part 2 - Tamara Bates discusses managing uneven income and multiple revenue streams, managing taxes, debt, and savings when you're uncertain about how much income you will have.

  • Thursday, March 28
  • 12:00pm - 1:00 pm
  • Roadrunner Room (Located in Thomas Branigan Memorial Library)

One on One consultations with Tamara will be offered first come first serve and will be conducted via Zoom at a later date.

Workshop 3: E-Commerce & Intellectual Property Rights

Guest artist will give tips on sustaining an art/creative online business. Guest lawyer discusses intellectual property and artist rights.

  • Thursday, April 18
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Downstairs Craftroom (Located in Thomas Branigan Memorial Library)

Workshop 4: Making It Public

Two day workshop with focus on public art. Guest presentations from local artists and public art professionals.

  • Saturday, May 4 - Sunday, May 5
  • 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Alma D'Arte High School

Learn what is essential to start your business successfully, such as resources, marketing analysis, and business plan basics. Training Topics: Business Financing, Business Plan, Business Start-up/ Preplanning, Managing a Business, Marketing/Sales.

  • The second Thursday of every month 
  • 11:00am-12:00pm.
  • DACC Workforce Center 2345 Nevada Ave Suite 101, Las Cruces NM 88001
  • Point of Contact: SBDC Office (575) 527-7676

Ask ALICE: Art Smarter, Not Harder initiative is made possible through generous grant funding from the New Mexico Creative Industries Department. Spearheaded by the City of Las Cruces Quality of Life Department and Economic Development Department, this program is a testament to our shared commitment to fostering artistic growth and innovation in the community.