Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico

Supporting the Arts Since 1954

Mission

The Foundation's mission is to "Support the artist and the creative process"

Ruling year info

1958

Executive Director

Nic Knight

Main address

PO Box 1891

Taos, NM 87571 USA

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EIN

85-0128634

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The term ‘struggling artist’ is all too accurate. In a world of technology and material innovation the creation and furtherance of values — especially esthetic values — becomes endangered. It is not that artists don’t exist in this technologically savvy and material world. Rather, it is that those who best exemplify these esthetic values have a very difficult time surviving in that world. If we lose what the artist offers us as commentary on the material world, then we have lost the compass that teaches us how to find direction in that world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Artist Residency Program

The Foundation offers three months of rent-free and utility-paid housing to people who specialize in the creative arts. Our eleven guest houses, or casitas, are fully furnished and provide residents with a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors.

The Foundation accepts applications from painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, composers, photographers, and filmmakers of national and international origin.

Population(s) Served

In addition to residency grants, further enhancing its commitment to the arts, the HWF offers academic scholarships to graduating high school students who wish to enter college as art majors. Each year at least two emerging art students from the Taos community are selected to receive the scholarship.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of awarded residencies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Artist Residency Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The HWF Residency Program holds 3 residency sessions per year, each session lasting for 3 months. With 11 artist studios on campus, HWF can grant a minimum of 33 residency sessions annually.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Academic Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes the total number of artist residency grants, plus total number of academic scholarships, annually.

Number of facilities improved

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Artist Residency Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The HWF campus includes several historical adobe-style buildings that serve as artist residency studios, office buildings, libraries, and common spaces.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Artist Residency Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This figure represents the annual Grant-in-Aid report for the HWF Residency Program, plus the awards from the HWF Academic Scholarship Program

Number of testimonies offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Artist Residency Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Testimonials come from alumni of the HWF Residency Program.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Academic Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The HWF Academic Scholarship Program can generally fund up to two new scholarships per year, while maintaining annual carryover awards for previously awarded students in good academic standing.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico offers a concept in the world of art which is rare and valuable. It operates as an incubator for innovation in the world of art generally and, in particular, in the worlds of visual art, music, and literature.

The primary goal of HWF is to uphold its mission "to support the artist and the creative process" by way of providing the time and space to create. The secondary goal of HWF is to provide opportunity to student artist wishing to pursue a career in the arts. The tertiary goal of HWF is to maintain and preserve the art, historical buildings, and land whereon our campus sits in the center of Taos.

HWF performs this vital service to the fine arts by annually granting over thirty residencies of three months each to creative artists, permitting them to further their work in an environment which is at once private, protected, and also stimulating.

In addition, further enhancing its commitment to the arts, the Foundation offers two scholarships each year to graduating Taos High School students who wish to enter college as art majors. Thus, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation is an unusual and evocative organization committed to innovative art on several levels.

HWF is continually assessing the physical requirements of the campus, including the maintenance, restoration and preservation of its traditionally constructed adobe 'casitas'. In 2019 HWF began restorations on the centuries-old 'acequia' (irrigation ditches) to ensure that vital waters will feed the 15 acres of prime land well into the future.

In accomplishing our primary goal to provide artist residencies, HWF has implemented several guidelines and procedures to ensure grantees are given equal opportunity to apply, have a fair review, and be selected for a residency grant. HWF is capable of receiving residency applications through proprietary software integrated with our website, as well as by mail. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee consisting of professionals who specialize in the artistic discipline of the applicant. Numerous jurors serve on committees for each: visual arts, music composers, writers, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers. Jurors, who know nothing about the artist's demographics, score in five categories based purely on the merit of the applicant's creative work samples.

Artists in residence have no imposed expectations, quotas, or requirements during their stay on the HWF campus. The HWF’s residency program provides artists with the time and space to create, which in turn enriches the artistic community and culture locally and abroad.

In accomplishing our secondary goal to provide academic scholarships, HWF works with all of the high schools in the county of Taos, NM. The schools share the scholarship opportunity with students, who are given the opportunity to apply. HWF has a Scholarship Committee to review and award the scholarships.

Since 1954, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico has provided residency grants to thousands of artists, and academic scholarships to dozens of students.

Every year HWF provides at least 33 residency grants, and two academic scholarships.

For over 65 years HWF has maintained over a dozen historical buildings, along with 15 acres of prime land, to provide the space and time needed for artists to focus on their creativity. HWF also preserves the original home of Helene Wurlitzer. The home itself is an enduring example of classic Taos architecture.

Financials

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Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico

Board of directors
as of 4/6/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Peggy Nelson


Board co-chair

Bill Ebie

Peggy Nelson

Bill Ebie

Harald Hahn

Michael Knight

Janet Webb

Tito Naranjo

Joseph Caldwell