Moving Arts Espanola Secures Thoma Foundation Matching Grant for Digital Media Lab – Los Alamos Reporter



Moving Arts Española, a community-based nonprofit organization committed to providing cultural arts education and meal programs to youth in the Rio Grande Valley, announced this week that it has reached the $100,000 goal to raise a matching grant from the Thoma Foundation. The Thoma Foundation recognizes and supports essential initiatives in the arts, providing grants to nonprofit organizations whose innovative projects and original ideas will advance research in the arts.

The scholarship was for a 2,400 square foot extension of the Moving Arts Española facility on Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. With this grant, Moving Arts Española is building a new digital media lab that will open in spring 2022, offering video and film production, editing, music production and culinary arts, as well as career counseling and comprehensive services. behavioral health.

The new Digital Media Lab allows Moving Arts Española to serve young adults, ages 13-25, graduating from youth arts programs. “For Moving Arts Española, $200,000 is transformational and has given us an incredible opportunity to teach skills that help students grow into the careers they love,” said Salvador Ruiz, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Moving Arts. Spanish. “This is truly a community effort and we couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who helped out and donated. Most of the money we’ve raised comes from people in northern New Mexico and those who want to support the kids who live here.

The Moving Arts Española team consults with industry professionals to design the digital media lab and coordinate the curriculum to align with the media programs at Española High School and Northern New Mexico College. In designing the behavioral health center, Moving Arts Española is partnering with the Council of Eight Pueblos of North India and a network of providers and support services.

“We are delighted with the support from the community and the Thoma Foundation. At the same time, our operating budget for our current programming also needs attention,” Ruiz said. “Our work in

offering full art, dance and theater programming in the spring, summer and fall is dependent on donations and due to COVID we are adapting to new challenges.

In 2019, Moving Arts Española was recognized as a CNN Hero for its award-winning role model as one of America’s most visionary arts centers for youth development. Now in its 14th year, the nonprofit organization is a guiding force in the lives of many young people in northern New Mexico. Former students continue their artistic education and become teachers, art therapists, community leaders and even prima ballerina. More than 50 Moving Arts Española graduates have enrolled at the New Mexico School for the Arts.

Donations to the Moving Arts Española Student Program are tax-deductible and can be mailed to: Moving Arts Española, PO Box 505, Velarde, NM 87582.

For more information on giving opportunities, including grants and corporate sponsorships, you can contact Salvador Ruiz via email at [email protected]


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