MMAC receives funding from New Mexico Arts (a division of the State Department of Cultural Affairs); the National Endowment for the Arts; a private family foundation; and contributions from its members and the general public. Please give generously to sustain the arts in Mountainair, East Mountain communities, and Estancia Valley region; or sponsor a fund raising event.
Major funders of MMAC programs:
- The Hancock Foundation
- The McCune Foundation
- New Mexico Humanities Council
- Fender Guitars
2016 Fundraising Campaign
MMAC is actively seeking donations in four major areas:
Youth: While we have had a strong Arts After School program funded by grants for a number of years, it has only been at the Elementary School. Students have expressed their disappointment that this doesn’t continue when they move to the Middle/High School. We have begun a once-a-month art club at the Middle/High School, but would like to increase the program there to be every week. Funding is needed for teachers and supplies. Additionally, while we have some donor support for the day-school residency that has been ongoing with the National Dance Institute of Santa Fe, we need more to fully cover their costs and to bring more musical and theatrical performance experiences to the young people of Mountainair.
Mountain Arts on Broadway: The art center, which houses workshops, classes, studio space and performances for the community costs about $5,000 a year to operate. Rental fees basically cover this cost, but any improvements to the building (which a 100-year old Historical building regularly needs!) or certain programs (like the Mosaic Project which is ongoing and has beautified Mountainair’s downtown district, attracting cultural tourism) require additional funding. We are currently developing our back garden area to be a place for performances, weddings and parties, and while some funding has been found with grants, more is needed from the community. Click here to see the art center’s wish list for materials and services still needed.
The Sunflower Festival: MMAC’s largest event costs thousands of dollars for entertainment, building rental and statewide advertising. The day-long festival attracts tourists providing revenue for area artists and businesses and entertainment for all who attend. While vendor fees generate income, they do not offset expenses. Your support ensures the future of this local tradition.
Cultural Programming: We receive funding from a number of granting organizations and work in partnership with Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Mountainair’s Chamber of Commerce, the Torrance County Archaeological Society, the Town of Mountainair and others to bring a diverse agenda of programming each year in the form of historical lectures, musical festivals, and dance. But all non-profits are struggling to find the dollars to keep their programs going and the competition is strong. Your membership and financial support demonstrates your commitment to MMAC’s overall efforts and strengthens our standing with grantors.