the Governor's Arts Award Winners

J. F Maddox Foundation


2012 recipient, Major Contributor to the Arts

J. F Maddox Foundation of Hobbs was established in 1963 by Jack and Mabel Maddox to serve the residents of southeastern New Mexico. The foundation has played an important role in funding the arts in Lea County, supporting many arts organizations, events, education, and community development initiatives.

The foundation gave approximately $426,000 to arts and culture projects and events in Lea County in 2011.

Ten years ago, the foundation granted $1.5 million to fund the establishment of the CORE Knowledge curriculum in the Hobbs Municipal Schools which included principles in teaching liberal arts, with emphasis on visual arts and music.

The foundation has been a longtime supporter of organizations such as the New Western Heritage Museum Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame at New Mexico Junior College, Southwest Symphony, and Lea County Commission for the Arts. Maddox Foundation funding has helped bring children to the Western Heritage Museum; supported projects that bring performances to children; and funded after school and summer programs at the Lea County Center for the Arts, ensuring that children have access to the arts in Lea County.

Though Jack Maddox died in 1978 and Mabel Maddox in 1987, their family legacy continues through the work of their nephews, retired District Judge Don Maddox and James Maddox, who serve on the foundation board, which Don Maddox chairs.

The foundation's support of the arts impacts the lives of thousands of people each year in their community.