Bernalillo County’s Economic Development Department continues to work on a new component of its “Increment of One” initiative, focusing on the county’s artists. This Friday, September 17th, Bernalillo County will host a “Buying Day” where artists will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one consultations with Museum of New Mexico Shops to audition their products. This project, in conjunction with the non-profit Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shops, is designed to help local artists find new markets for their works and build the “creative economy.” The “Buying Days” event will take place at Creative Albuquerque, 102 Gold SW between 9:00am and 4:00 pm today.
“We know that New Mexico’s artistic and creative character is a huge facet of our economy and one of the most overlooked opportunities for job creation. If we invest in our local artists and give them the resources to promote their works, we can create sustainable jobs here in Bernalillo County. We are fortunate to be able bring the expertise of the New Mexico Museum staff to help our local artists find new markets,” says Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins.
The objective is to get 25 new artists into the market place via the website and the museum shops.
Artists of all types are invited to participate in the program.
For more information on call the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shops toll free at 877-567-7380. The Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shops’ website is located at www.newmexicocreates.org
“According to BBER, arts and cultural industries annually generate $1.2 billion in revenues, $413 million in wages, and 19,500 jobs, totaling 6% of all employment in the County,” says Dan Gutierrez, Director of Economic Development. “Half of this activity is funded by dollars from outside the region, generating economic growth and opportunity.”