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Growing Through Creativity

TCF values the experience and wisdom of local artists in all their diversity and affirms their power to unite and build social change. The arts funding is highly responsive to the culture, capacity, and aspirations of the grantees. This area invests in key local institutions and nurtures local leadership and talent. Our cultural sector is the heart of our community identity and not an extra part. It is through the support of our music, our literature, our art, drama and dance that we tell the story of our past and we express our hopes for the future. Artists challenge our assumptions and push us to view our world in new and unexpected ways.


Arts and Culture Impact Stories

Millicent Rogers Museum - “Core support funding from these two grants was used to support several critical endeavors at the museum including re-installation of permanent collections, the annual children’s holiday fiesta, re-cataloging some of the premier collections and installing special exhibitions including Fred Harvey and the Making of the American West. We significantly upgraded existing infrastructure while professionalizing the look and content of exhibitions and programs. The Fred Harvey show was the biggest exhibition in the MRM’s history and resulted in stopping the overall downturn in tourism that MRM had been experiencing in more than a decade. The most significant milestone for us, which this funding and the support of our other donors enabled, was that 2014 was the largest year for the donations of objects to the museum in more than two decades. It is important to note that people give objects/family treasures to museums because they believe that the museum will take care of the items and properly exhibit them. For us the Fred Harvey show, the reinstallation of the permanent collection, the cataloging projects expanded donor confidence in the museum with the result that we received more than $300k in donated objects to the permanent collection. Thus this funding was an indirect catalyst that generated significant new gifts to the museum.”


Harwood Museum of Art – Art is the Schools (AIS) is an innovative museum-based program providing in-depth learning for Pre-K to 5th graders. The funds assisted with staff salary and to purchase art materials for the studio-based projects. This year the program was able to serve the entire student population – 683 – at Enos Garcia Elementary School, along with students from 14 other schools in the Taos area. As reported by one student….’my earliest memories of the Harwood were when I was in Kindergarten. I loved the Harwood and it is a great experience. We learned a lot about great artists and the history of art in New Mexico and Taos. We learned how to make art painting, printmaking, 3D, origami and I have learned much more. What I liked best was doing the paintings because we could make whatever we wanted from our imaginations and it is very fun and exciting. After we paint we could read all the books that they have’. (a 5th grade student)


Taos School of Music – “Core Support funds were used to assist with the school’s operational expenses. The world-renowned faculty who spend parts of their summers in Taos coaching our elite young musicians incur one of the largest costs to the school. An integral part of the learning process for the young artists is their performances. Every two weeks they perform for their colleagues, coaches and a very sophisticated audience. Equally important and educational for these young musicians is to observe successful faculty musicians perform. We have alumni in every major orchestra in the US and many abroad. Additionally, our alumni are members of major chamber groups and faculty at musical institutions across the country.