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

Fulcrum Fund has awarded $126,000 in emergency relief grants to local artists and artspaces impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the pandemic, 516 ARTS offered two rounds of Emergency Relief Grants totaling $126,000. The first round, funded by the Warhol Foundation and community members, supported 66 artists who lost income as a result of public health mandates. The second round targeted alternative visual art spaces and nonprofit organizations operating in New Mexico, and was made possible by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. The foundation’s donation of $60,000 to the Fulcrum Fund resulted from its inquiry to 516 ARTS about how to provide emergency support to small non-commercial art spaces during the pandemic, as part of its mission to promote the value of art in the life of the community. Read the press release.

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.

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


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.


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 $356,000 to 124 local artists. The Fulcrum Fund is one of 16 re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME), San Francisco, 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.

Given the high demand for emergency relief grants, we have compiled an ongoing list of resources open to artists and creatives in New Mexico and the US. You can see it by clicking on the button below.