Arts & Culture
516 Arts: Funding will support DECADE: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of 516 Arts, an exhibition and series of programs and off-site projects, that encompasses a variety of themes and practices that 516 has explored since its inception: environmental/land-based art; street art; new media art; public art; and social-engaged projects.
Fusion Theatre: Funding will support the “FUSION Forum,” an economic development project that provides co-operative office, meeting, culinary and rehearsal/performance spaces for practitioners, patrons and supporters of the performing arts in Downtown Albuquerque.
Keshet Dance Company: Funding will support Keshet’s Movement+Mentorship=Metamorphasis (M3) program, which helps create self-sustainable lifestyles for at-risk populations and helps break the cycle of youth incarceration through the art of dance.
New Mexico Philharmonic: Funding will support the New Mexico Philharmonic’s 2016-2017 performance and education programs, including concert series at Popejoy Hall, the Albuquerque BioPark and local churches, in addition to supporting the Young Musician Initiative, an intensive music education program for elementary students.
Working Classroom: Funding will support students by providing free and affordable artistic training, life skills, academic support, paid internships and entrepreneurial opportunities, in addition to pairing students with youth-engaged artists-in-residence who will mentor students on exploring futures in the arts.
Economic & Workforce Development
Creative Startups: Funding to support the Creative Startups Labs, the only pre-business accelerator lab for creative professionals in Albuquerque and New Mexico. The Lab intentionally targets young people and will increase the number of startups by successfully connecting local startups to a global network of resources, and increasing the knowledge and skills of our next generation of entrepreneurs. Through the intensive 4-week program, participating startups will cover themes critical to early-stage business development and capacity building, such as business model development, customer discovery, and branding.
APS Education Foundation: Funding will support the LapTime Reading Club at New Futures High School, the high school of choice for pregnant and parenting teenagers earning their high school diplomas. The multi-generational program helps prepare young children for academic success by being read to, while also helping parents increase their own literacy rates.
CLN Kids: Funding will support CLN’s Early Childhood (EC) program, which provides trauma-informed education to children ages 3-5 whose families are homeless or living 80% below the poverty level. The EC program ensures students who have endured physical, emotional and sexual traumas are at reading and math levels appropriate the enter Kindergarten and are on pace for a successful path of continued education.
Explora!: Funding will support Explora’s Youth Intern Program, which helps high school students from low-income communities excel at STEM programs, enroll in higher education institutions, engage in workforce development, partner with mentor scientists, engineers and corporate leaders and earn a weekly stipend through their internships.
Generation Justice: Funding for on-going radio broadcasttraining/productions that are youth led, community based, structured from a critical race/equity theory lens and propel educational excellence and career pipeline. In the ten years the program has existed, 92% of Generation Justice members have pursued higher education while more than 35% have gone on to study and work in journalism and/or media.
Environment & Historic Preservation
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch: Funding to support the Galloping Grace Youth Ranch’s Food Recovery Program, which reduces food waste, feeds needs families, contributes to sustainable food sources, conserves energy, impacts the local economy and educates youth, thereby building a healthier community and more resilient environment.
Manzano Mountain Art Council: Funding to support the restoration of a historic building in Mountainair that serves as the Mountain Arts on Broadway art and community center and offers artist studios, performance and event space, display areas and offices for educational and entrepreneurial workshops.
New Mexico Acequia Association: Funding will support a pilot farming program for students in the South Valley to train youth in the revitalization of rural communities, particularly by strengthening the traditional, land-based culture and local food economy. Ten student farming interns will learn: acequia education, hoophouse agriculture, composting, soil amendment, beekeeping, food preservation and distribution/sales marketing at local farmers’ markets.
New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society: Funding will support the restoration of the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Locomotive 2926 to operational status. Upon completion of its restoration, the locomotive will serve as a moving museum, exhibiting NM railroad history and attracting travelers/visitors onto the train for historical trips originating from Albuquerque to Las Vegas.
Rio Grande Community Farm: Funding for the Rio Grande Community Farm’s Las Huertas program, a farmer training and incubator program for the high desert of New Mexico. Las Huertas is a skills development program dedicated to training both current and aspiring producers in certified organic farming techniques, specific to the arid environment of New Mexico and assisting them to become small-scale food entrepreneurs.
The Nature Conservancy: Funding will support the Rio Grande Water Fund, which invests in the restoration of forested lands upstream to secure water for communities downstream. It will do this by: restoring 600,000 acres of forested land to a healthy state over the next 20 years; creating approximately 600 jobs in the Water Fund area and reaching 500 students/youth per year through educational programs that focus on the connection between forest health and water supplies.
Trust for Public Land: Funding to support the development of a Greenprint, a strategic, GIS-informed, community-driven conservation plan for the county, to prioritize conservation needs for the community, including: promoting and supporting recreational open space and local urban agriculture enterprises.
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless: Funding for the Therapist of the Day pilot program, which increases access to behavioral health services by creating a streamlined and client-centered triage process. By adding this position approximately 65 homeless individuals will benefit from mental health services each week.
All Faiths: Funding will support the Family Wellness Program that provides behavioral support to children who have experienced trauma while also working with their caregivers to address their own histories of trauma and break the cycle of trauma to create overall positive change in both the educational and economic opportunities of families.
Centro Savila: Funding to provide supervision and licensure test preparation for behavioral health and social service professionals seeking their highest level licensure, which not only fills a critical “provider gap” in the South Valley, but it builds a workforce pipeline for behavioral health professionals in Albuquerque.
Crossroads for Women: Funding for Crossroads’ Day Program, which helps provide a comprehensive set of skills for formerly incarcerated women with co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders build stable, self-sufficient lives.
Healing Addiction in Our Community: Funding to support the Serenity Mesa Youth Recovery Center, which offers long-term residential treatment for young men, aged 14-21 who struggle with addiction issues. Specific funds will be used for the Parent Project, an evidence-based curriculum that helps parents and guardians handle reoccurring mental and behavioral health situations after their child is discharged from Serenity Mesa.
New Mexico Asian Family Center: Funding for mental health services for 25 additional Pan-Asian, Middle Eastern and African immigrants and refugees who have experienced trauma due to war in their home countries, displacement via refugee camps and/or resettlement. The holistic service model extends beyond mental health counseling and includes job placement, workforce development and transitional housing.
Enclace Comunitario: Funding to support Enlace’s PROSPER program, which provides financial literacy education for immigrant survivors of domestic violence. The program will increase the safety and economic security for approximately 100 Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence, while also offering culturally and linguistically-specific financial literacy materials to over 500 Spanish-language immigrants.
Fathers Building Futures: Funding to support Fathers Building Futures, an economic development initiative for previously incarcerated fathers who demonstrate the potential to heal their relationships with their families and work towards personal and professional goals that will sustain them and their families, while breaking the cycle of incarceration, violence, drug abuse and child abuse and neglect.
IMPACT Personal Safety: Funding to provide up to 32 youth (ages 12-19) at Bernalillo County Youth Services Center with 16 hours of experiential, roleplay-based violence prevention classes that focus on anti-bias/anti-bullying skills, ally behavior, boundary-setting and de-escalation. By giving youth tools to become their own advocates, IMPACT aims to prevent substance abuse, incarceration, future domestic violence (both as perpetrators and victims), and many other health issues related to abuse and assault.
New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks: Funding for Opportunity Passport, a program that helps youth aging out of foster care understand financial responsibility and assists them in establishing, maintaining and growing bank accounts through matched saving opportunities.
New Mexico Legal Aid: Funding to support NM Legal Aid’s new medical-legal partnership (MLP) with First Nations Community HealthSource. The program is New Mexico’s first tribal MLP and a critical testing ground for the MLP model. This program will offer legal services and help the city’s underserved Native American population overcome housing, safety, education, health and employment issues and achieve healthier, more sustainable lifestyles.
Planned Parenthood: Parenthood is a leading cause of school-drop out among teen girls, with 1/3 of girls citing pregnancy as the primary reason for discontinuing school. Funding from ACF will support Planned Parenthood’s Responsible Sex Education Institute, which aims to educate teens and reduce unintended teen pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted infections, while empowering youth to make healthy decisions for their future.