Fulcrum Fund

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    1000 Tiny Mirrors, Reverence/Rage with Se Siente, Flor de Nopal, Freyr A. Marie, Beata Tsosie Pena, Dee Anaya, Autumn Gomez, Christina Castro, Alysia Kapoor, Alessandra Ogren, 2019.
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    Zeke Peña, A Nomad's Heart, digital graphic print on archival paper, 18 x 12, featured in the 2018 exhibition Migrations, organized by Candy Nartonis.
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    Cannupa Hanska Luger, Untitled, ceramic, mixed media, exhibited in Broken Boxes, curated by Ginger Dunill, 2017.
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    Lena Kassicieh, Daftar Asfar: The Collaborative Sketchbook Project, 2018-2019
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    Billy Joe Miller and collaborator Allie Hankins performing in 2017.
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    Russell Bauer demonstrating the Rotisserie Rickshaw, 2017.
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    Nizhonniya Austin performing in front of Joanna Keane Lopez's outdoor installation Resolana, 2018.
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    Work by Diego Montoya featured in Where Are You curated by Alicia Inez Guzmán, 2019.
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    Haley Greenfeather English, Installation view of Attachment Theory at Vitrine, 2018; Image courtesy of 2018 recipients Scott Daniel Williams, Jaime Tillotson & Anna Resser


516 ARTS announces a fourth round of Emergency Relief Grants through its Fulcrum Fund designated for New Mexico-based visual artists and artspaces that have been impacted financially by the pandemic. Grants of $1,000 will be awarded to individual artists statewide. These grants are intended to pay for essentials like rent, utilities, groceries, childcare and medicine. Additionally, artist-run or alternative artspaces focused on visual arts are invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 in support of their operations. The deadline is April 2, 11:59pm

A total of $60,000 will be awarded this round thanks to major support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

View the Round #4 FAQ


The Fulcrum Fund was created in 2016 by 516 ARTS at the invitation of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to join their Regional Regranting Program. 2020 was an unprecedented year for the program, which under normal circumstances supports visual art projects. However, in response to the profound financial need that artists were facing during the pandemic, the focus was shifted to offer emergency relief grants. In 2020, a total of $256,000 was distributed to individual artists who lost some or all of their income due to the pandemic, as well as supporting artspaces and nonprofits that had to close their doors to comply with public health mandates. The funding came from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Frederick Hammersley Foundation, and community contributions including Native-serving organizations Flower Hill Institute and Wordcraft Circle. 79% of the grants went to artists of color.

The selections for Round #4 will be made by a panel of New Mexico arts professionals. Panelists will show a commitment to equity that ensures diversity among awardees and the inclusion of artists whose communities are under-represented and disproportionately affected by the pandemic. For more information on the selection panel, visit 516arts.org/fulcrumfund.

Recipients of Fulcrum Fund Covid-relief grants in 2020 are eligible to apply for this round. Artists and artspaces led by people from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Individual Artists: New Mexico-based, professional, visual artists who make some or all of their living from their artistic practice and who have lost income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic are invited to apply for grants of $1,000.

Artspaces: New Mexico-based, artist-run or alternative artspaces, and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that have a demonstrable track record of presenting high-quality visual arts programming are invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000. 501(c)3 nonprofit status is not a requirement to apply.

Applications are only accepted online via Submittable. Emailed or hand-delivered submissions cannot be accepted. Artists and artspaces are asked to fill out a simple application online, which includes submitting images of their artwork or in the cases of artspaces, artwork that is representative of what they show, and a short statement of financial need. Applications will be accepted through April 2, with release of funding shortly thereafter.


The Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. Before the pandemic, these programs supported well over 1000 independent art projects over a period of ten years, granting more than $4.7 million to independent artists for their art projects. In response to the pandemic, the Warhol Foundation doubled the program from 16 to 32 regranting partners nationwide. This year the 32 grant programs have awarded over $1.9 million of Warhol funds directly to artists impacted by Covid-19, and the partners have leveraged over $1 million in additional relief funding to expand the support in communities across the country.

The Frederick Hammersley Foundation is dedicated to furthering Frederick Hammersley’s artistic legacy through charitable activities that benefit the public, as well as to promoting the value of art in the life of the community.


The Fulcrum Fund is an annual grant program created and administered by 516 ARTS as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Since its inception in 2016, the Fulcrum Fund has awarded a total of $486,000 to 254 artists statewide and is one of 32 re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in Mobile, Birmingham & York (AL), Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Oklahoma, Omaha, Phoenix & Tucson, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME), Providence (RI), Raleigh & Greensboro (NC), San Francisco, San Juan, (PR), Seattle, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Together these programs have supported well over 1000 independent art projects in the past ten years, granting more than 4.7 million dollars.