ArtSpace takes initial measures

By QCS Staff

One of the first steps in launching Eastern New Mexico ArtSpace was made Tuesday with the preliminary approval of a $12,500 grant by the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp.

Final approval of the grant will have to come next from the City Commission, said GTEDC board president, Franklin McCasland.

Eastern New Mexico ArtSpace is an art incubator project designed to provide services such as work space, business training and art related programs to facilitate the development of independent artists, said Beth Parmer, president of the board of ArtSpace.

The grant is one of several that the group hopes to land to make its projected start-up budget of $43,000.

ArtSpace expects to contribute about $19,000 of the start-up budget from a major fundraising effort later this year, such as the Great Eggspectations auction and gallery show in 2006, membership and local classes and projects, Parmer said.

ArtSpace will also be seeking other local and state grants to make up the remaining $11,500, Parmer said.

Initial expenditures will be office equipment, equipment for artists’ workspaces, rent, utilities and other expenses, according to the group’s projected budget plan.

ArtSpace is expected to set up its headquarters on the first floor of the Masonic Building at 201 S. Second Street.

Parmer said the program will help artists become better and more savvy business owners and managers of their talents.

It’s also expected to attract artists to the area from other parts of New Mexico and the Southwest.