WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced today that Taos and the Kewa Pueblo (formerly Santo Domingo) will receive $150,000 in matching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town program to revitalize the local economies through the arts.
“The arts and humanities are an important cultural and economic driver in New Mexico,” Udall said. “These grants are designed to encourage the relationship between the arts and jobs growth, and I look forward to seeing how they will be put to use in Taos and the Kewa Pueblo.”
In the second year of Our Town, the NEA received 317 applications and made 80 awards totaling $5 million.
Grants are being awarded to communities of all sizes from major cities to rural municipalities across 44 states and the District of Columbia.
Udall is a member of the Senate Cultural Caucus, which works to support the arts and the humanities in Congress.
Projects receiving grants are:
$100,000 – KEWA Pueblo, to support the pueblo’s cultural district plan.
$50,000 – Town of Taos, to support pre-development activities for the Taos Artists’ Lofts project, an affordable artist live/work facility to be located in the historic downtown district.