The Taos Arts Council was founded in 2012 (History & Facts - updated 9-12-2018) with the vision to create a central hub in support of the Arts and Artists Community in Taos, Taos County and Northern New Mexico. Towards that longstanding goal, the TAC has been actively working towards defining its positioning in relation with the other entities and initiatives currently in Taos - such as the Town of Taos, The Taos Business Consortium, Art Space, Mainstreet, Strong at Heart and similar such government or grassroots organizations. The stated approach for the Taos Arts Council is to support all constructive dialogue and action between organizations and individuals that is mutually beneficial to all involved.

Below are listed various current points of discussion within the Taos Arts Council in working towards effective support of the Arts Community. While this list is not exhaustive, it represents an overview of the topics currently being discussed or acted upon by the TAC. If you have further suggestions to add to this listing, or for more information, please email us at



Need to Work with Local Government(s) 

Insure recognition of the artists and the Art Community

Involve local government participation in needs of Art Community

Investigate financial support avenues

Incorporate local artists in civic undertakings

Promote the Arts in Public Spaces Program

Promote local artists

Create more recognition of Contemporary Art and Emerging Taos Artists


Need for Information Sharing 

Available Grants and Assistance with Applications

Meetings and Venues to Share Information

Hold Collegial Meetings at Various Locations

Establish Database of Artists and Galleries

Centralized Calendar of Events


Need For Public Spaces

Lower Rents for Working Artists and Galleries

Popup Galleries

More Exhibition and Performing Spaces

Gathering Space for Dialogue

More Plaza and Street Facilities / Venues

Places for Making Art

Accessible Rules and Permits Required for Activities in Public Spaces




What Are the Benefits of Public Art
to its Community?

Tourism Enhancement

Public Ownership and Engagement

Reinforce and Preserve Identity of Taos as Art Colony and Destination

Recognize Art as an Asset


Identify Cooperative Efforts 

Work / Assist Town of Taos Supporting 'Taos is Art' yearly banner project

Recognize and Cultivate Partnerships and Activities for Arts Education

Create Collective Bargaining for Advertising, Rents and Similar Expenses

Maintain Active Voice in Discussions and Developments of Other Town and Grassroots Organizations



TAC Activities 

Hold Public Forums for Arts Related Discussions and Education

Hold Public Meetings Regarding Current Topics related to Arts and the Art Community

Maintain Centralized Database of Artists and Arts related Organizations

Maintain Website for Current Announcements, Information and Networking amongst Arts Community

Create Central Calendar with Universal Access

Town Hall Art Shows, Artist Presentations, Monthly Walking Map, Internships, Award Nominations, Act as Fiscal Agent



Taos Arts Council Organizational Chart - View As PDF