Mission + governance

NMSA’s mission is to provide the highest standards of educational excellence to passionate young artists who have demonstrated artistic abilities and potential. We work hard to establish a solid foundation that will give these students a strong future and increase their potential for long-term success, so they can pursue a career in the arts or beyond.

mission + Governance

NMSA’s mission is to provide the highest standards of educational excellence to passionate young artists who have demonstrated artistic abilities and potential. We work hard to establish a solid foundation that will give these students a strong future and increase their potential for long-term success, so they can pursue a career in the arts or beyond.

School History

New Mexico School for the Arts, the state’s only public, statewide high school offering pre-professional arts training and academics, opened its doors in 2010 with 138 students and has since established itself as one of New Mexico’s top-performing schools

The school got its start in 2007, when a group of New Mexico parents and educators began to envision an in-state pre-professional arts high school that could serve the state’s most creative youth. The idea seemed like a natural fit for a state so rich in arts culture, history and industry. It quickly gained momentum with the support of area artists, philanthropists and policy makers, who joined forces to develop a charter application that was approved by the Public Education Commission of New Mexico and signed into law under Senate Bill 34 by Governor Bill Richardson in 2008.

State legislation gives NMSA unique structure and policies to fulfill its mission to provide educational opportunity to New Mexico students who have demonstrated artistic abilities and potential. It enables admission by audition, based on a student’s passion, promise and aptitude, and provides state funding for academic programming, which is overseen by a Governing Council in accordance with the New Mexico Charter Schools Act. The NMSA Art Institute, the school’s nonprofit partner, with support from its Board of Trustees, funds the school’s arts and residential program entirely through private contributions.  

School History
New Mexico School for the Arts, the state’s only public, statewide high school offering pre-professional arts training and academics, opened its doors in 2010 with 138 students and has since established itself as one of New Mexico’s top-performing schools

The school got its start in 2007, when a group of New Mexico parents and educators began to envision an in-state pre-professional arts high school that could serve the state’s most creative youth. The idea seemed like a natural fit for a state so rich in arts culture, history and industry. It quickly gained momentum with the support of area artists, philanthropists and policy makers, who joined forces to develop a charter application that was approved by the Public Education Commission of New Mexico and signed into law under Senate Bill 34 by Governor Bill Richardson in 2008.

State legislation gives NMSA unique structure and policies to fulfill its mission to provide educational opportunity to New Mexico students who have demonstrated artistic abilities and potential. It enables admission by audition, based on a student’s passion, promise and aptitude, and provides state funding for academic programming, which is overseen by a Governing Council in accordance with the New Mexico Charter Schools Act. The NMSA Art Institute, the school’s nonprofit partner, with support from its Board of Trustees, funds the school’s arts and residential program entirely through private contributions.  

Governing Council

Bill BeachamChair

Michael KaplanVice Chair

Paula TackettSecretary

Gregory HuntTreasurer

Cynthia Nava, Member

Neil Heighberger, Member

NMSA is a state charter high school. It operates in accordance with the New Mexico Charter Schools Act and its charter, issued by the New Mexico State Public Education Commission. The Governing Council of the NMSA is responsible for its operations and has the power to carry out its educational mission, and holds meetings at times and places that will be posted in accordance with the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

Click here for NMSA-Charter School Governing Council Policies

Click here for NMSA-Charter School Governing Council meeting agendas and minutes

Click here for NMSA-Charter School Council Members Training Certificates and Affidavits

*Any person interested in more information about the school or the meetings of the Governing Council may contact Assistant Business Manager Gayle McGuiness at (505) 310-4194.

NMSA is a state charter high school. It operates in accordance with the New Mexico Charter Schools Act and its charter, issued by the New Mexico State Public Education Commission. The Governing Council of the NMSA is responsible for its operations and has the power to carry out its educational mission, and holds meetings at times and places that will be posted in accordance with the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

Click here for NMSA-Charter School Governing Council Policies

Click here for NMSA-Charter School Governing Council meeting agendas and minutes

Click here for NMSA-Charter School Council Members Training Certificates and Affidavits

*Any person interested in more information about the school or the meetings of the Governing Council may contact Assistant Business Manager Gayle McGuiness at (505) 310-4194.

Bill BeachamChair

Michael KaplanVice Chair

Paula TackettSecretary

Gregory HuntTreasurer

Cynthia Nava, Member

Neil Heighberger, Member

Accountability

As New Mexico’s official transparency and accountability portal for state government spending, the Sunshine Portal includes information about NMSA’s annual budget and spending allocations.

Board of Trustees

Ned BennettChair

Slate SternVice Chair

Pamela Saunders-AlbinSecretary

William MillerTreasurer

The NMSA – Art Institute is a nonprofit arts educational institution. It operates in accordance with the purposes set forth in its Articles of Incorporation and the New Mexico Nonprofit Corporation Act. The Board of Trustees is responsible for its operations and has the power to carry out its educational mission.

Laurie Bauman Arnold

Stephen Arnold

David Ater

Karen Berkowitz

Ian Brownlow

Valerie Diker

James Hindman

Vince Kadlubek

Larry Lujan

Dee Ann McIntyre

Edwina Milner

Manuel Monasterio

Cynthia Nava

Catherine Oppenheimer

Sarah Smith Orr

Mary Sloane

Rose B. Simpson

Nick Telles

Carl Thoma

Garrett Thornburg

Jill Cooper Udall

Douglas Wyatt

Mary Beth Yates


Life Trustee:

Lee Berk

The NMSA – Art Institute is a nonprofit arts educational institution. It operates in accordance with the purposes set forth in its Articles of Incorporation and the New Mexico Nonprofit Corporation Act. The Board of Trustees is responsible for its operations and has the power to carry out its educational mission.

Ned BennettChair

Slate SternVice Chair

Pamela Saunders-AlbinSecretary

William MillerTreasurer

Laurie Bauman Arnold

Stephen Arnold

David Ater

Karen Berkowitz

Ian Brownlow

Valerie Diker

James Hindman

Vince Kadlubek

Larry Lujan

Dee Ann McIntyre

Edwina Milner

Manuel Monasterio

 

Cynthia Nava

Catherine Oppenheimer

Sarah Smith Orr

Mary Sloane

Rose B. Simpson

Nick Telles

Carl Thoma

Garrett Thornburg

Jill Cooper Udall

Douglas Wyatt

Mary Beth Yates

Life Trustee:
Lee Berk

 

 

Laurie Bauman Arnold

Stephen Arnold

David Ater

Karen Berkowitz

Ian Brownlow

Valerie Diker

James Hindman

Vince Kadlubek

Larry Lujan

Dee Ann McIntyre

Edwina Milner

Manuel Monasterio

Cynthia Nava

Catherine Oppenheimer

Sarah Smith Orr

Mary Sloane

Rose B. Simpson

Nick Telles

Carl Thoma

Garrett Thornburg

Jill Cooper Udall

Douglas Wyatt

Mary Beth Yates

Life Trustee:
Lee Berk