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


516 ARTS announces the recipients of a fourth round of COVID-relief grants from the Fulcrum Fund, a partner in the ongoing Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and with continued major support from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. Round #4 is providing 40 New Mexico-based visual artists with emergency relief grants of $1,000 and 5 artspaces/organizations with $5,000, totaling $65,000. From 213 submissions spanning 20 cities and towns across New Mexico, a panel of three arts professionals selected artists, alternative artspaces and organizations hardest-hit by the pandemic. The funds are intended for essentials like groceries, rent, childcare, and medicine. 85% of the awards are going to artists identifying as people of color and Native American, Alaskan Native, or First Nations. Since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, the Fulcrum Fund has dispersed $312,000 to 255 individual artists, alternative artspaces and organizations throughout New Mexico.


Recipients of individual grants: Kristin Diener, Michael Gallarda, Saige LaFountain, Rosemary Lonewolf, Deborah Lujan, Beatrice Maestas-Sandoval, Collette Marie, Kalob Martinez, Sabra Moore, Joerael Numina, Michelle Paisano, Jason Parrish, Adrian Pinnecoose, Gwen Samuels, Joseph Schwebach, Victoria Tafoya and 24 others that chose to remain annonymous.

Recipients of artspace/organization grants: Crossroads Art & Ecology Lab, (Anthony), Peñasco Theatre Collective, (Peñasco), Exhibit/208 (Albuquerque) and 3 others who chose to remain anonymous.


The selection panel for Round #4 includes Agnes Chavez, artist and educator, Taos; Andrea R. Hanley, Chief Curator Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe; Arif Khan, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque.


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. Before the pandemic, these programs supported well over 1000 independent art projects over a period of ten years, granting more than $4.7 million to independent artists for their art projects. In response to the pandemic, the Warhol Foundation doubled the program from 16 to 32 regranting partners nationwide. This year the 32 grant programs have awarded over $1.9 million of Warhol funds directly to artists impacted by Covid-19, and the partners have leveraged over $1 million in additional relief funding to expand the support in communities across the country.

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.


The Fulcrum Fund is an annual grant program 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 $552,000 to 300 artists, artspaces and organizations statewide and 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.


AGNES CHAVEZ is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work integrates art, science and technology as tools for social and environmental change. Her work integrates data visualization, light, sound and space to create sensorial experiences that seek balance between nature, technology and society. She is the founder of STEMarts Lab, which delivers sci-art installations and STEAM programming for schools, art/science organizations and festivals. STEMarts Lab produces the STEMarts Curriculum Tool, an online platform that complements sci-art festivals and events with STEAM teacher resources built around the work of curated artists. She has developed STEAM programs for ATLAS@CERN, Scholastic, 516 ARTS, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and for the ISEA2012 electronic arts festival. In 2014 she co-founded The PASEO outdoor participatory art festival in Taos New Mexico, whose mission is to transform community through art and art through community. She developed the SUBE, Language through Art, Music & Games program, now in its 24th year, which won her numerous awards including the “Educational Innovation in the Americas” (INELAM) award and the New Mexico Women in Technology Award.

ANDREA R. HANLEY is the Chief Curator at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, NM. Her career has been guided and dedicated to the work of contemporary Native American artists and the Native American fine art field. She worked more than nine years at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., as both Special Assistant to the Director and Exhibition Developer/Project Manager. Upon returning to Arizona, she was the Fine Arts Coordinator/Curator for the city of Tempe, Executive Director of ATATL, Inc., National Service Organization for Native American Arts, Artrain, USA, a national arts organization, as its sponsorship and major gifts officer. She was the founding manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum. More recently she was the Membership and Program Manager for the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. She has over twenty-five years of professional experience working in the field of programming, exhibition development and arts management, primarily focusing on American Indian art. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Santa Fe Arts Commission. Ms. Hanley is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.

ARIF KHAN has over 20 years of service in contemporary visual arts organizations and art museums. He has experience in the fields of museum administration, fundraising, collections management, exhibition development, museum education and strategic planning with contemporary artists. Arif Khan is currently the Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A position he has held since 2016. In this executive position, he oversees all aspects of the museum’s operations including exhibitions, collections management, fundraising and visual arts education programs. Prior to working at the UNM Art Museum Arif served as Curator of Art at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston, WV; Gallery Director at Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM; Curator of the Governor’s Gallery, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; and Artist Coordinator for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. He holds a BA in History from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin; MA in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute, London, UK. In 2012 Arif completed The Getty Leadership Institute’s “Museum Leaders: The Next Generation (NextGen)” professional development program.