In the fall of 2017 the NM Music Commission and its Foundation entered into a cooperation agreement with the Santa Fe Public School system to develop Visiting Artist music pilot programs for at-risk and under-served schools.
The first program, called Meet the Musicians, brings professional musicians into elementary schools to perform, discuss and inspire young students to participate in making music – an activity that has been widely proven to increase academic scores, engagement and self-confidence.
With the continued growth and success of the Platinum Music Awards ceremony and show – as well as with sponsor, grant and donor support – the Commission and Foundation will expand this program to other school districts around the state.
Art2Art promotes New Mexico-based musicians and visual artists in an “eduformance” setting. The artist and musician improvise in a collaborative performance in front of a live audience. Following the performance, the artists are interviewed on stage, delving into their process, inspiration, and technique. The audience is invited to ask questions following the interview.
The work of visual art created during the performance is sold, with proceeds funding future Art2Art programming and the host venue. The New Mexico Music Commission provides the venue with a pre-packaged Art2Art program complete with musician, artist, emcee, script, and production notes that is fully modifiable to the venue’s needs.
The Commission is interested in bringing Art2Art to all parts of New Mexico and would like to feature local musicians and visual artists as well as our Platinum Music Awards honorees, when appropriate.