Community Arts Fellowship

This program champions artists in further development of a work or project and promotes connections between artists and surrounding community and the exchange of knowledge. 

Paid fellowships include a materials budget, access to venues, facilities, and equipment, opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange, collaboration with the fellowship cohort, engagement with art administrators and emerging artists and technicians. 

This program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. It is presented in partnership with he Taos Public Library, UNM-Taos Department of Fine Arts, Film and Digital Media, The Paseo Project, Metta Theatre, The Wildflower Playhouse. 

Each fellowship will present several public programs throughout the eight months, check TCA’s calendar for future events and a chance to connect with the fellows.

2024 Fellows

Robert Quijano – Just Play 

Just Play aims to fill gaps in the field of local music education, to support existing programs, restore musical autonomy to our cultural ecosystem, and create exploratory environments for people of all ages and backgrounds. The fellowship will support music-educational pop-ups in the community and in schools, and research and outreach in the field of local music education.

Emily Trujillo & Layne Jackson Hubbard – Futuros Ancestral 

Futuros Ancestral / Ancestral Futures seeks to strengthen local weaving education through the creation of four innovative offerings: weaving patterns, pattern curriculum, learning cohorts, and community pop-ups. The fellowship will support the establishment of a Taos-based weaving cohort — for weavers to build community with each other throughout the creative learning process — as well as community pop-ups and weaving exhibitions. 

Interested in signing up for the weaving co-hort? Find out more and join the mailing list for Futuros Ancestral at:

Sarah Hogland – Gurulé – UNBOUND Collective 

UNBOUND (UB) is a dance theater ritual and community powered project that’s re-membering the suppressed stories of the Genízaros – Native peoples of many tribes, often women and children – who were captured, detribalized and forced into slave labor by spanish colonizers throughout present day New Mexico. The director Sarah Hogland-Gurulé (Albuquerque, NM) and collaborating performance artists Lupita Salazar (Cañones, NM) and Gabriel Carrion-Gonzales (Albuquerque, NM) are all descendants of Genízaros.

UB has been working with family stories, historical research, conversations with other descendants and embodied research to create the performance ritual within several communities in New Mexico. In Taos the fellowship will support UB with access to performance space for rehearsals and performances, as well as space for community dance workshops.