Fulcrum Fund

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    1000 Tiny Mirrors, Reverence/Rage with Se Siente, Flor de Nopal, Freyr A. Marie, Beata Tsosie Pena, Dee Anaya, Autumn Gomez, Christina Castro, Alysia Kapoor, Alessandra Ogren, 2019.
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    Zeke Peña, A Nomad's Heart, digital graphic print on archival paper, 18 x 12, featured in the 2018 exhibition Migrations, organized by Candy Nartonis.
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    Cannupa Hanska Luger, Untitled, ceramic, mixed media, exhibited in Broken Boxes, curated by Ginger Dunill, 2017.
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    Lena Kassicieh, Daftar Asfar: The Collaborative Sketchbook Project, 2018-2019
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    Billy Joe Miller and collaborator Allie Hankins performing in 2017.
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    Russell Bauer demonstrating the Rotisserie Rickshaw, 2017.
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    Nizhonniya Austin performing in front of Joanna Keane Lopez's outdoor installation Resolana, 2018.
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    Work by Diego Montoya featured in Where Are You curated by Alicia Inez Guzmán, 2019.
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    Haley Greenfeather English, Installation view of Attachment Theory at Vitrine, 2018; Image courtesy of 2018 recipients Scott Daniel Williams, Jaime Tillotson & Anna Resser

Three rounds of Emergency Relief Grants have totaled $217,000 for to New Mexico-based artists.

The Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516 ARTS and a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces a third round of emergency relief grants to benefit local artists. In partnership with the Fredrick Hammersley Foundation, which is providing an additional $65,000 toward this effort, this round will provide grants of $1,000 to 91 individual artists in New Mexico who have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are intended to pay for essentials like groceries, rent, childcare, and medicine.

Now in its fifth year of operation, the Fulcrum Fund was created in 2016 by 516 ARTS at the invitation of the Warhol Foundation to join their Regional Regranting Program. 2020 has been an unprecedented year for the program. Normally, these grants are for independent artists’ projects, but together with our partners at the Warhol and Hammersley Foundations, we decided to focus funding in 2020 on supporting artists and alternative artspaces who are in dire need due to the pandemic. For Round #1, we awarded 66 grants of $1000 to individual artists in an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque, thanks to the Warhol Foundation and community contributions. Round #2 provided 13 grants of $4,000-$5,000 to artist-run and alternative artspaces statewide, thanks to the Hammersely Foundation. Round #3, made possible by the Warhol and Hammersley Foundations, this fall will award 91 additional grants of $1,000 to individual artists statewide. Fulcrum Fund relief grants in 2020 total $217,000 (of which $120,000 came from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation, $90,000 came from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and $6,000 came from community contributions).

We are not currently accepting submissions for the Fulcrum Fund.

516 ARTS is an independent, non-collecting, contemporary art museum in Downtown Albuquerque that celebrates thought- provoking art in the here and now. The Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. 516 ARTS created the Fulcrum Fund in 2016 as the result of the Warhol Foundation’s efforts to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is the highest. The Frederick Hammersley Foundation is dedicated to furthering Frederick Hammersley’s artistic legacy through charitable activities that benefit the public, as well as to promoting the value of art in the life of the community.


Round 1: $66,000

$66,000 was awarded in the form 66 grants of $1,000 to independent visual artists living and working within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque. Recipients are from: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Ohkay Owingeh, Placitas, Santa Cruz, Jemez Pueblo, Ponderosa, Española, and Santa Domingo Pueblo. The grants are to be allocated for basic expenses including groceries, rent, medical expenses and childcare. $60,000 of these funds came from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and $6,000 came from contributions from community members and Flower Hill Institute. The selections were made by a panel of the following local arts professionals: Alicia Inez Guzmán, independent journalist and curator; Elsa Menéndez, executive artistic core, Tricklock Company & field representative, office of Senator Martin Heinrich; and Ruben Olguin, artist and educator.

66 AWARDEES: John Acosta, Chip Babb, Abdiel Beltran, Travis Black, Heather Bradley, Joel Brandon, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Autumn Chacon, Dana Chavez, Aric Chopito, Krista Cibis, Juliana Coles, sheri crider, Adelina Cruz, Karen Drew, Erin Elder, Karina Faulstitch, Cliff Fragua, Leah Fragua, Jeannie Frederick, Sean Paul Gallegos, Geoffrey Gorman, Katherine Hunt-Monro, Joanna Keane López, Monica Kennedy, Mike Kimball, Terran Last Gun, Courtney Leonard, Michael Long, Sonia Luévano, Dylan McLaughlin, Karen Jones Meadows, Hollis Moore, Aziza Murray, Madeline Naranjo, Ehren Natay, Caitlin Padilla, Adrian Pinnecoose, Marilyn Ray, Jackie Riccio, Eric Romero, Albert Rosales, Jeremy Salazar, Diana Stetson, Zienna Stewart, Sebastian Velasquez, John Vokoun, Adrian Wall, Martin Wannam Roca, John Well-Off-Man, Cedra Wood, Jessica Zeglin along with 14 additional artists who chose to remain anonymous.


Flower Hill Institute, Center for Educational Initiatives, Undaunted Carnival Foundation, Elsa Menéndez, Basia Irland, Rebecca Black, Nancy Harbert, Patricia Bartels, Lucy Lippard, Rosemarie Shratter, Cassandra Gaines, Danny Lopez, Evelyn Carter, Mary Zaremba, Dane Benko and Daniel Puccetti, Alex Metzger, Cecily Colbert, Fay Abrams, Kayla Paul, Erika Jean Chamberlin, Dora Wang and Susanna Kearney.

Round 2: $60,000

$60,000 (5 grants of $4,000 and 8 grants of $5,000) to visual artspaces state-wide in New Mexico. The grants are to help sustain alternative, non-commercial exhibition spaces until they can reopen after the pandemic. These funds came from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. The selections were made by a panel of the following local arts professionals: Alicia Inez Guzmán, Independent journalist and curator (based in Santa Fe); Josie Lopez, Curator of Art, Albuquerque Museum; Larry Bob Phillips, Residency Director, Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program; and Marisa Sage, Director/Curator, NMSU Art Museum (Las Cruces).

Grants awards were made to artspaces in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Magdalena, Las Cruces, Roswell, Peñasco, Española and Gallup.


fourteenfifteen gallery, Albuquerque
Up Gallery, Albuquerque
Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Albuquerque
Karuna Colectiva, Albuquerque
Phil Space, Santa Fe
Encore Gallery at Taos Center for the Arts, Taos
Warehouse 1-10, Magdalena
Cruces Creatives, Las Cruces
Bone Springs Art Space, Roswell
ArtMaker Coop, a project of MAS Comunidad, Peñasco
Moving Arts Española, Española
LOOM Indigenous Art Gallery, Gallup
+ 1 space that chose to remain anonymous

Round 3: $91,000

Round #3 provided 91 recipients with emergency relief grants of $1,000 statewide. From 353 submissions spanning 33 cities and towns across New Mexico, a panel of five art professionals selected artists hard-hit by the pandemic. The funds are intended for essentials like groceries, rent, childcare, and medicine. 87% of the awards are going to Indigenous, Latinx, Black and artists of color, of which 66 of the recipients are Native American, Alaskan Native, or First Nations. Panelists included: Erin Elder, Gibbous, independent curator, artist, and consultant (Albuquerque); Jason Garcia, Okuu Pin Studio, artist (Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa); Deborah Jojola, artist and curator (Isleta Pueblo); Jacob Sisneros, artist and educator, New Mexico School for the Arts (Santa Fe); Alexis Salas, PhD, curator and Assistant Professor in Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism, New Mexico State University (Las Cruces).

91 AWARDEES: Rylin Paige Becenti, Brittany A. Begaye, Leslie Bitsie, Jr., Mira Burack, Teri F Cajero, Christopher Casey, Monty Claw, Rhonda L Crespin, Marian Denipah, Nathaniel Fuentes, John Gallegos, Stephanie R. Garcia, Christopher Gchachu, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, David-Alexander H. Sloan, Lynnette Haozous, Heather Lynn Howard, William Hyde, Delores Juanico, Leah Rose Kolakowski, Joseph Ascension Lopez, Erica Lord, Deborah Lujan, Collette Marie, Earl McBride, Claudia B. Mitchell, Beverly R. Moran, Morris Muskett, Jhane Myers, Tahnibaa Naataanii, Eric L Othole, Reyes Padilla, Michelle Paisano, Jason Parrish, Jesse Philips, Adrian Pijoan, Kimberly Pollis, Eden Radfarr, Darby Raymond-Overstreet, Russell Reano, Eric-Paul Riege, Tessa Robledo, Santiago Romero, Michael Ryder, Gwendolyn T Samuels, Carol C. Sanchez, Joseph Schwebach, Michele Tapia-Browning, Vicente Telles, Michael Toya, Robyn Tsinnajinnie, Marty Two Bulls Sr., Angela C Villa, Sharon Weahkee, Josh Zunie and 36 others that chose to remain anonymous.

Major fuunding provided by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts with additional support from Wordcraft Circle.


The Fulcrum Fund is an annual grant program, now in its fifth year, created and administered by 516 ARTS as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Since its inception in 2016, the Fulcrum Fund has awarded a total of $447,000 to 215 artists statewide. The Fulcrum Fund is one of 32 re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in Mobile, Birmingham & York (AL), Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Oklahoma, Omaha, Phoenix & Tucson, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME), Providence (RI), Raleigh & Greensboro (NC), San Francisco, San Juan, (PR), Seattle, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Together these programs have supported well over 1000 independent art projects in the past ten years, granting more than 4.7 million dollars.