SANTA FE ― New Mexico School for the Arts-Art Institute (NMSA-AI) has announced Shelley Winship as its new executive director. Winship, a resident of Chimayó, brings more than three decades of nonprofit and for-profit experience to the organization.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Shelley as the new executive director,” Board Chair Ned Bennett said. “Shelley’s leadership and breadth of qualifications will help steer the course of our unique public-private partnership during the next critical phase of our evolution and growth.”
Prior to joining NMSA-AI, Winship served as director of Development for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and as Major Gifts officer and Planned Giving manager for The Santa Fe Opera. Her nonprofit experience spans higher education and the social service sector in addition to the performing arts.
“New Mexico School for the Arts has a proven educational approach of pairing top-quality academics with rigorous arts training in a public high school environment which welcomes students from across New Mexico. I am truly honored and excited to be a part of this award-winning team,” Winship said.
As executive director of NMSA-AI, Winship will oversee administrative and fundraising efforts to support NMSA’s mastery arts curriculum, student housing, statewide outreach and recruitment, and costs of construction for the school’s new Railyard District campus.
Head of School for New Mexico School for the Arts Cindy Montoya said, “I, along with our faculty, students and families, am excited to welcome Shelley to the team. I have great confidence that Shelley will help guide the organization forward.”