TAOS CENTER FOR THE ARTS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, New Mexico 87571
Hours: MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 9AM TO 5PM
TAOS COMMUNITY AUDITORIUM
145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, New Mexico 87571
Please check the calendar for events at the TCA.
HOURS: OPEN DURING EVENTS AND BY APPOINTMENT. TO VIEW AN EXHIBIT DURING BUSINESS HOURS, PLEASE CONTACT THE TCA OFFICE
Approaching Taos from the south: On Paseo del Pueblo Sur (NM HWY 68) pass the signal at the intersection of Kit Carson Road (NM HWY 64) and Taos Plaza and turn right at the first signal, a short block from the Plaza. Please note that the Plaza intersection divides South and North Pueblo Road/Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
Approaching Taos from the north: TCA is on the east/left side of the main road through Taos, Paseo del Pueblo Norte, also called NM HWY 68. Turn left at the second signal, Civic Plaza Drive, into TCA’s parking lot.
The Taos Center for the Arts draws on its history as a dynamic leader for arts collaboration and partnership. Originally established by a group of working artists in 1953 and situated in the heart of Taos, the TCA serves and engages Northern New Mexico communities. With a 275-seat theater and two galleries, the TCA curates culturally relevant films, art exhibitions, and live performances as well as provides local, regional and internationally renowned artists, thinkers and performers the space to inspire creativity and foster a thriving love for the arts.
Taos Center for the Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3).
Board of Directors
TRISHA FONG, PRESIDENT*
MARY HUNZICKER-DUNN, VICE-PRESIDENT*
Mary was Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University Medical School for 27 years, then relocated to Washington State University where she was an Edward R Meyer Distinguished Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences for 11 years. She received BS and MS degrees from the University of Houston, and a PhD from the University of Illinois. She conducted research on signaling pathways in the ovary and published more than 145 papers in peer reviewed journals. She was President of the Society for the Study of Reproduction and received the Research Award from this Society, an Associate Editor of Molecular Endocrinology. She retired in 2017 and, with her husband John H. Nilson, took up permanent residence in Taos. She enjoys aerobics, golf, gardening, and growing orchids.
KANDACE NACHTRAB, SECRETARY*
Ms. Nachtrab spent most of her career in the non-profit world as a management, marketing and fundraising executive in Los Angeles, New York City and most recently in Washington, DC. She is Chair Emeritus of the Washington D.C. International Film Festival and a Founding Member of the Washington DC Film Society. She has an M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from the New York State University at Oswego. Ms. Nachtrab moved to Taos in 2010 and is Chair of the Taos Opera Institute and co-founder of TCA Film Fans. Ms. Nachtrab chairs the TCA Financial Sustainability Committee.
ALFORD JOHNSON, TREASURER*
“Andy” was based in Chicago for many years where he was Vice President of Marketing for the American Institute of Steel Construction. Before that he worked in sales and marketing for the construction division of a major steel company both domestically and in Europe where he spent six and a half years. While there he took advantage of his position to become fluent in French. Andy retired in 2004 and shortly after that moved to Arroyo Hondo where he is a full-time resident. He enjoys skiing, hiking, fishing and the rich cultural scene that is Taos. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Rome’s professional career encompassed 30 years in the Broadcast Television industry involving product development and senior level marketing roles for equipment manufacturers; including deployment of equipment for terrestrial broadcast, cable, and satellite delivery and support for Olympics programming. He has held positions of Regional Chair for the Society of Broadcast Engineers and national board of directors for the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers. He served on the Board of Directors and as the Capital Campaign Chairman for the Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO managing funding, historic preservation, and repurposing of a former church as a community art center. Rome is an avid skier having retired after 22 years with the National Ski Patrol. He holds a Bachelor of Art in Industrial Design and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.
Mary Domito is a local businessperson, owner of Taos Lifestyle plus a store in Alamosa, CO. She moved to Taos in 2004 and has been active with Stray Hearts and has served as a TCA board member since 2008, with the exception of a three year hiatus between 2016-2018. Mary has a passion for live music and is instrumental in bringing a variety of live national touring artists to the TCA.
She considers it an honor and privilege to serve on the Board.
John has been involved in a variety of computer and commercial real estate ventures over his career. John is mostly retired and still does a little commercial real estate development in the Albuquerque area. John and his wife Peggy moved to Taos in 2009 and have become deeply involved in service to the Taos community they have come to love.
Sarah is the owner of Hart Print Shop, a design and print business that focuses on hand- drawn, hand-printed promotional poster/advertising for local musicians, non-profits and small businesses. She is also is co-owner of Ennui Gallery, a co-operative art gallery/ music venue/ community space and record store in downtown Taos. Named 2017 Taos’ Visionary Artist Award, Hart has been a member of the TCA’s Art Committee, curated the 2019 40 Under 40 Show at The Encore Gallery, and was recently selected for the 2020 showcase of contemporary artists at The Harwood. She moved to Taos in 2001, devoting her time to help and support the community she loves. She is excited to continue her mission as a new member of the Board at The TCA. Besides her love for art, she loves to be outside to garden, hike with her dog, float the river, cook, bake pies and collect dictionaries for their pictures.
CHRISTIANE KELLEY RIVELES
Christiane Kelley Riveles has taught English as a second language in public schools, edited standardized tests, and escorted tours to the former Soviet Union. Since moving to Taos in 2010, she has served as president and educational liaison of the Taos Archaeological Society, docented at the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project and D.H. Lawrence Ranch, and volunteered for Reading to End Racism and Youth Heartline’s CASA program. Chris is a graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University.
Laurie is the Global Head of ESG at Apollo Global Management, a high-growth alternative asset manager that invests on behalf of a global, diversified client base of institutions and individuals. Laurie established Apollo’s ESG program in 2007 and now oversees a team of professionals who work with over 120 companies on improving their operational approach to addressing environmental, social, and governance issues. She is involved in ESG industry groups and frequently speaks about ESG. Prior to joining Apollo, Laurie was an elementary school teacher for 10 years before attending law school and working as an attorney in New York. Laurie has strong roots in New Mexico having been born and raised here. She and her husband have lived in Taos since 1992. Her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter are restauranteurs who also live and work in Taos. Laurie is an avid skier and serves on the board of Taos Ski Valley, Inc.
Jennifer Mooney landed in Arroyo Seco (full time) after stints in Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Ohio. She is a lifelong communications professional, including SVP communications roles for both Time Warner and Advance Newhouse. Her undergraduate degrees are in Journalism and Geology (Albion College) with an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Vermont College.) She has served on numerous boards that have included The Cincinnati Museum Center, Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati) and Cincinnati Public Radio. Her latest work is a co-authored non-fiction book that published in May 2021; Hope, Interrupted. Jennifer continues to consult in internal-external communications.
She is an active outdoorswoman and has climbed Kilimanjaro and “swam” Alcatraz – with an abundance of time on the slopes and hiking trails in New Mexico. She and her husband Don have been Taos part timers since 2001 and more recently moved full time. Aside from giving birth to their daughters, they believe that Taos has been their best life choice.
Max was born and raised in Dixon. Although he attempted to escape to the big city, he eventually succumbed to his deep appreciation of small communities and returned to New Mexico in 2006. He is a musician who plays in many local bands; co-owner of Gizmo Productions, a web development and marketing company; a founding member of KNCE True Taos Radio; and he helped develop LiveTaos.com. His kitchen counter is usually dusted in flour, his house is a chaotic hub of constant creation, and his car is always a mess, but he’s OK with it because he gets to play music, fly fish, climb, ski, cook, bake, garden, adventure, tinker, and create. He’s stoked to be part of the TCA team.
* Members of the Executive Committee
Chelsea Reidy is originally from Guam, studied at the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated from University of Guam in 2009 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts and Sciences with a focus on science, technology and the environment. From 2009-2012 she taught English in Ehime Prefecture, Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. In 2016, she moved to Taos where she became a projectionist and theater technician at Taos Center for the Arts. She was TCA’s Interim Theater Manager (2018-2019) and then filled that position (2019-2020) and in 2020, her role was expanded as Theater and Programs Manager. Reidy is actively engaged in the community as a collaborator and her work-philosophy is focused on community partnerships. She has worked with The Paseo Project’s Festival production team and produced and directed theater in Taos.
Theater and Programs Manager
Alivia Magaña grew up in Kansas and joined TCA in September 2022. She obtained a BFA from Kansas State University and an MFA from the University of New Mexico studying photography. During her studies in Albuquerque, Alivia worked at the Medical Examiner’s office as a Forensic Photographer and Autopsy Technician, eventually coming to Taos to serve as a Death Investigator in 2020. Post-Pandemic, she cycled out of healthcare and focused on art-making and participating in art events in Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. When Alivia isn’t at TCA, she is likely painting, photographing or practicing gymnastics!
Trying to find a balance between the world’s wonders and human wonders, Alice keeps one foot in the mud and the other one in art. She is involved in diverse community endeavors in Taos, from supporting and learning with fellow farmers, to helping with the Paseo Project production and serving as the Secretary of Youth Heartline’s Board of Directors. Alice graduated from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris, France, in 2019 with a Master of Public Affairs in Cultural Policy Administration. Morillon joined TCA in the fall of 2020 and became Operations Manager in June of 2021.
Development and Membership, Community Outreach & Front of House Manager
Anna Forster-Smith is an artist, educator, and community arts organizer who joined TCA in February 2022. Anna received a BA in Fine Art from Colorado College and has since pursued the profound impact that art can have on communities in NYC, Seattle, Upstate NY, and now New Mexico. Anna is passionate about community building and loves to build relationships with people by getting her hands dirty with others in clay, cooking, or out in nature.
PART-TIME, ON-CALL AND CONTRACT STAFF
Graphic designer / 3+ Bean Studio Graphics
Originally from the San Fernando Valley, Gina finished college in San Francisco, and in 1993, opted for the beauty, clean air, and slower pace of Taos. Virtually bringing clients from California, she owned and operated Stone Soup Graphics for several years, then bought and ran FX-18 Gifts & Jewelry from 2001-2010 while raising her daughter. Now empty-nested, Gina considers her daughter Zoey her crowning achievement, and is in a constant state of awe as she follows Zoey’s pursuit of a Creative Writing degree at Oberlin College. Thrilled to be TCA’s contracted designer since 2019, Gina is happiest working in print and digital media primarily with artists and arts organizations in Taos, including the Couse Foundation, Taos Mesa Arts, and Paseo Project.
Clifton Coughlin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. His diverse employment and educational background includes crafting zinc and copper sculpture and furnishings, electronic music production, managing a screen-printing business and retreat center at Lama Foundation, and an education in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley. His current professional goal is to help nonprofits with accounting. He relocated to New Mexico 6 years ago, and lives in Taos with his wife and two children.
ECC Member – Community Engagement Specialist
Andrew Ducky Dutkiewicz is an artist practicing various forms deeply rooted in storytelling. Originally from Connecticut, Ducky has spent years living in various parts of the United States primarily exploring the art of film – the medium of storytelling he adores most.
After living and working in the industry in both New York City and Los Angeles, Ducky found his artistic sensibilities squandered and frankly, beaten into the ground. Which leads him to Taos, where he now lives to focus on storytelling and expression through the various mediums, re-fertilizing his garden, all to continue his exploration of creating and sharing art.
Finding the TCA has sure helped as his first few months in town Ducky volunteered his time programming films, specifically exploring his idea of Monthly Motif, the latest repertory series on the big screen. Ducky now has joined the team for the next year through the Enchanted Circle Corps, aiding in outreach to the community and supplying his knowledge to various aspects.
Front of House Staff
Carlene has been in and around the TCA since arriving in Taos from NYC in the summer of 1983 for a position with the Taos Repertory Company. She has worked backstage, been onstage, and for over ten years, managed the TCA Volunteers and the concession. Presently, while mainly front of house, Carlene is still learning new tricks, grateful and happy to continue to be part of and contributing to the action and good work at the Taos Center for the Arts. Carlene has also been involved in various ways with other theater productions and companies such as Das Kleine Dramahaus, Circu Sfumato with Red Mole, and Minimum Security Theater, and was volunteer staff for community events such as SolarFest, Earth Day, and Bioneers in Taos. She has also been a legal assistant, caregiver and hospice volunteer.
While she has other irons in the fire, her first love is for what has become her home away from home, the Taos Community Auditorium.
Theater & Programs Assistant Manager
David Silva was born and raised in Taos. He grew up being inspired by the arts and is pursuing a career in the arts. He wears many creative hats from composing to creating conceptual pieces, but for the sake of brevity we can just call him a writer/filmmaker. David came aboard the TCA team in August 2021. If you ever want to discuss the formals of filmmaking or hear random facts about music or film, you can find him skulking in the shadows near the projector booth.
There are currently no open opportunities.
The TCA offers many spaces to showcase media, performing or visual art events. Rent the beautiful Taos Community Auditorium, which has a Proscenium stage and seating for 275. The historic Stables Gallery is available for a variety of events and the Encore Gallery, which features the work of local artists, is also available for lectures, workshops and events.
TCA BigScreen is available for private rental!
Safely enjoy the theater for yourself and your pod. You pick the movie. You pick the date. You don’t even have to sit next to each other. Find more details here.
Taos Center for the Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3).
133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, New Mexico 87571