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Your donation to El Museo allows us to exist and continue our efforts in promoting Northern New Mexican culture in the community. Any donation amount is welcome. Remember that your support is also tax deductible.
El Museo has been supported by grants and donations since its inception. Anonymous and private donations, grants funded by local and national organizations and programming and capital outlay from the State of New Mexico have kept the doors open and the walls standing for over 25 years.
One of our first grants received was from The Frost Foundation in 2000 to support La Voz Festival of the Americas. At that time, el Museo’s 31,000+ square feet of warehouse were exactly that, bare, unilluminated warehouse space with unfinished concrete floors and a roof with holes so big you could see the sky. A donation of props from a performance of The Beggar’s Opera by The Santa Fe Opera followed by a grant from Hispanics in Philanthropy for facility renovation helped create our theater, which after 23 years of operation is preparing for another upgrade. Grant monies from New Mexico Arts have maintained our programming and facility and our permanent collection is constantly enriched by pieces donated by private collectors and local artists. El Museo’s entry mosaic, created by artist Sam Leyba, was made possible by a grant from the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Capital Outlay funds from the New Mexico State Legislature are indispensable for keeping the building up to city code, being properly heated and warmed in the winter, and currently ensuring ADA access in a space which was never originally designed for performances and exhibits. These and many other organizations including the Lannan Foundation and PNM Resources Foundation have allowed el Museo to focus on its mission as a space for celebrating local community, and to co-recieve other funding, such as a recent regrant from the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, to support local academics and scholars with archival research, helping preserve New Mexico’s history.
Members of El Museo fund the continuation of ongoing programs, special projects and new development. As a non-profit organization El Museo depends upon community support. Your membership helps us serve the public with quality programs for all.s
Benefits of becoming a member
As a member, you get: invitations to special events as well as free or reduced admission to all expositions, theater performances, and cultural events as well as the satisfaction of providing support to an important community organization. Your membership/gift may also be tax deductible.
Yearly membership: $36.50 (a dime a day)
El Museo has been sustained and strengthened over the decades by volunteer work.
Operating with an all-volunteer board and advisory committee and a handful of staff has become part of the el Museo identity but is also an inescapable reality as a community based-nonprofit operating and maintaining a large property in Santa Fe’s North Railyard.
We invite you to share our talents, skills and time with us in our continuous efforts to enhance, serve, and empower our community. We need people who want to and can raise funds, write grant proposals, submit proposals for workshops and activities, repair and renew our galleries and stages, design our newsletters, welcome guests, and prepare our pollinator gardens for each season.
How to become a volunteer?
If you are interested in supporting our programming and maintaining the structure of a former liquor warehouse turned community center and performance space by volunteering at El Museo, please click below and fill out the following form.
El Museo has 31,000+ square feet of multi-use former warehouse space available to hold exhibits, rehearsals, performances, installations, and lectures.
The building, which still maintains the rawness of its historic past as Southwest Distributors, includes two gallery spaces with LED lighting, a theater space with lighting and audio systems which seats 200 individuals, and exhibition spaces which can accommodate between 700 to over 1000 participants at a time depending on event specifics.
The availability of the space varies greatly throughout the year due to El Museo’s regular programming which includes performances and exhibits by local and international artists as well as community events and the Mercado at El Museo.
El Museo offers itself as a vehicle that promotes a healthy community and contributes to the cultural and educational needs of our local communities, and will work with entities and individuals who share this vision.
If you are interested in holding an event, exhibit or performance at El Museo, please click here to submit a detailed inquiry.
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