Two MAE Students to Attend NMSA this Fall

Two Moving Arts Española students, Issac Lopez (13) and Barbara  Garcia (13) have been accepted to attend the prestigious New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe and will attend the charter high school in fall of 2019 as freshmen.

Isaac Lopez in Moving Arts Española 2018 Spring Production of Alicia in the Wonderland of Enchantment

Isaac Lopez in Moving Arts Española 2018 Spring Production of Alicia in the Wonderland of Enchantment

Lopez, who has attended Moving Arts since the age of 2, has intensively explored both the visual and performing arts class offerings, but desires to pursue theater at NMSA. He says he’s been wanting to attend the school for as long as he can remember.

“When I read the letter and saw I was accepted, I got so excited I threw the letter in the air and it hit my sister’s bag of tuna that she was eating. My eyes started tearing up and I kept saying "I did it!" a few times. I did apologize to my sister for hitting her bag of tuna. I would also like to say thank you to everyone who helped me get to this point in my life.” ––Lopez

Barbara Garcia rehearses in a window front for the 2019 Women’s March in Santa Fe. Source:  The Santa Fe New Mexican.

Barbara Garcia rehearses in a window front for the 2019 Women’s March in Santa Fe. Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican.

Garcia has been studying dance at Moving Arts for 7 years. Known for her enthusiasm and determination, we know Garcia––who auditioned with an edgy contemporary number––will make a great asset at NMSA.

Moving Arts Founder and Artistic Director Roger Montoya says NMSA has become a strong ally and a beacon of hope for aspiring artists across Northern New Mexico.

“As our Moving Arts students explore and discover their passion in the arts - many develop a sense of discipline , identity and purpose. A select few audition for New Mexico School for the Arts and even fewer are accepted!” ––Montoya

Garcia and Lopez join the ever growing list of MAE students who attend high school at NMSA, many of which continue their artistic aspirations into higher education. 

Moving Arts Española has provided more than 5,000 children and youth ages 3 to 18 with high quality, affordable performing and visual arts education and free nutritional and academic support. Through these endeavors, we strive to promote the creative, physical, academic, social and emotional health and wellbeing of children and youth of the Española Valley and surrounding communities.