the Governor's Arts Award Winners



2021 recipient, Major Contributor to the Arts

gallupARTS is a nonprofit arts council that creates opportunities for McKinley County artists and residents through more than 12 community-based programs, including gallery programs, arts education, community arts engagement projects, public art, grant awards, workshops, and special events. Under the leadership of Executive Director Rose Eason, gallupARTS has made a huge impact in supporting and uplifting the arts community in Gallup.

gallupARTS has been a driving force and innovator in developing and deepening creative economy work in McKinley County. In 2018, they secured a coveted $150,000 "Our Town" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with locally secured matching funds of another $150,000 to do community revitalization and creative place-making work in Gallup.

gallupARTS developed innovative approaches to support the arts and culture sector in their community who were hit hard by pandemic-related shutdowns. They helped artists and organizations market their arts online and through social media, including the "Art on Air" Podcast, virtual artist talks, and continued hosted events in multiple gallery spaces.

In addition, they have worked with their local community to develop signature events in the Gallup area like Northfest, Doin' Dylan, Holiday Art Market, as well as programs that showcase Native artists to complement the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial.

Eason also serves as Project Director for Digital Projects for the Public "Discovery" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to plan the Gallup New Deal Art website.