Our mission:

Open the doors to learning through the visual arts

We’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art education organization. We teach children to look at and discuss great works of art,  then create art in three programs:

Important Announcement:
Art in the School was dissolved June 30, 2019.

Hello Art in the School Volunteers, Teachers, School Administrators, Supporters & Friends,
Art in the School has benefited children in New Mexico for the past 34 years – since 1985 when art education was eliminated from the public schools. The New Mexico Legislature passed the Fine Arts Act in 2003 and slowly art education began to be reintroduced at some schools.

In recent years, this trend has been gaining momentum.  There are now more art and music teachers in schools than in a very long time. Locally there’s a new commitment to continue adding art and music teachers over the next few years with the goal of providing all elementary school children both art and music education every year.  This is wonderful news! Further, many school districts across New Mexico have also made great strides in the past few years and charter schools frequently provide art education.  It became clear to us that a tipping point has been reached. 

Mission Accomplished!
Since its founding, the mission of Art in the School has been to provide art education where there was little or none. With the tremendously positive steps being taken for art in education, we have determined our organization’s mission accomplished, and we have voted to dissolve the organization as of June 30, 2019. Yes, this is a bit bittersweet, since so many of you have loved the organization for so many years. On the other hand, it’s tremendously gratifying when the problem that a nonprofit organization was founded to address has been largely resolved. 

The Art in the School Board of Directors extends our profound gratitude to all of you who have volunteered, taught, donated, supported, cheered on and in so many ways became a crucial part of our mission.  We simply could not have benefited thousands of New Mexico’s children without you. 

Thank you for joining us in this mission to open the doors to learning through the visual arts.  You have made a big difference in the lives of thousands of students. We encourage you to continue to advocate for art education, and to make sure that art education is included in New Mexico’s schools going forward.

With deepest appreciation,
Art in the School Board of Directors
Patricia Williams, Nicole Kesel, Lannie Alexander, Woody Duncan, Lezlie Schreiber, Rose Meyer, Barbara Lohbeck, Dianne Parker, Mary Sundstrom-Gramer 

Volunteer Program

Parents and grandparents learn to teach comprehensive art education lessons in their children’s classrooms.

Professional Development for Teachers

A summer workshop to show certified teachers how to use art to enrich the curriculum.

After School Art Program

For elementary students at Title I schools at no cost to the students or the schools.