OUR Mission

Building Community and Cultivating Leaders Through Arts and Culture

Moving Arts Española (MAE) provides high quality, affordable performing and visual arts education and free nutritional and academic support for children and youth ages 3-18.  Our programs promote the creative, physical, academic, social and emotional health and well being of children and youth from the Española Valley and the surrounding communities of Northern New Mexico.  All children and youth deserve to have access to a superior arts education and the nutritional and academic support that they need in order to succeed and thrive. 

our goals

To improve the educational and nutritional trajectories of at-risk children ages 3 to 18 in Northern New Mexico's Española Valley and the surrounding rural villages and communities.

To provide a safe and nurturing community based environment for youth, children and families during high risk after school and out of school hours.

To ensure that all children, regardless of income, have equal access to high quality performing and visual arts instruction and free access to the healthy food and academic support they require to build successful lives.

To provide young visual and performing artists with multiple opportunities for public performance, exhibition, and advancement to paraprofessional training in the visual and performing arts.

To provide youth and teens with paid employment and opportunities to develop leadership skills, life skills, and vocational skills.

To promote local economic growth by employing professional teaching artists and sourcing healthy produce from local farmers.


Families with Children and Youth Ages 3-18
Average Student Age : 9 Years Old

Our students and their families come from:

The City of Española ; The Pueblos of Pojoaque, Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh ; The Villages and Towns of rural Rio Arriba County, including: Abiquiu, Alcalde, Cañones, Chamita, Chili, Chimayo, Dixon, El Duende, El Guique, El Rito, Embudo, Gallina, Hernandez, La Madera, La Mesilla, La Villita, Lyden, Medanales, Ojo Caliente, Ojo Sarco, Santa Cruz, Tierra Amarilla, Truchas, and Velarde

The majority of families surveyed travel more than
50 Miles Round Trip to bring their children to MAE

Total Scholarships 2016-17 : $12,000

“The quality of education and special care at MAE is unattainable for even 4 or 5 times the cost. The affordability of MAE makes it truly accessible to kids of every social class and economic grade.”
— Parent from Chimayo
“This is a great program and environment. My child has thrived and will continue to learn here. It is a great place for children to learn and grow- a place where both parents and children feel safe.”
— Parent from Española