CITY ART BOARD
The board comprises seven volunteer members appointed by the Mayor with advice and consent of the City Council. A list of members is available via Onboard.
CREATION & DUTIES
The City recognizes that quality of life isn’t only represented by good streets, reliable utilities, or the many programs and services provided. Quality of life is enhanced by the support of a community’s art and cultural resources. The City of Las Cruces supports artists in the community. The City Council passed Ordinance 2674 (PDF) creating the City Art Board in 2013.
The City Council passed Resolution 15-126 (PDF) in 2014 establishing a dedicated funding source for the solicitation of artists, the procurement, installation, and maintenance of current and future pieces of public art by setting aside 1% of the general fund in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The City Council approved Resolution 16-043 (PDF) establishing the City Art Board’s Strategic Plan in 2015.
Meet the City Art Board. The board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council in matters related to public art.
Adam Amador, Ph.D., Board Chair
Dr. Amador is a lifelong educator and proud Las Crucen who serves the community to the best of his ability. He is Chief Academic Officer at Alma d'Arte Charter High School and serves on multiple civic organization boards. Adam has over 20 years experience as a musician/artist. He joined the board to advocate for art and artists that express and display the essence of Las Cruces and the surrounding area.
Chantelle Yazzie-Martin, Board Vice-Chair
Chantelle grew up in Smith Lake, NM and is part of the Navajo tribe. With a Master's in Social Work, they work as a mental health clinician, photographer, and artist addressing Indigenous social justice issues and cultural preservation among their intersecting identities using a variety of media including photography, sculpture, graphic design, and embroidery.
Melanie Grey Brown, Board Secretary
Melanie made her home in Las Cruces in 2019 after relocating from Santa Fe. Previously, she practiced commercial/institutional architecture, historic preservation and urban planning for over 25 years in Chicago and Washington, DC as a Principal Project Manager for both domestic and international projects. She also has a background in fine art, primarily oil painting and sculpture/cast bronze work.
Kayla Blundell, Board Member
Kayla has a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and worked in the legal field for nine years. She also was a portrait photographer for five years. She has been a practicing artist for the past ten years and has had solo and group exhibitions showcasing her work, primarily paintings and photographs, locally. She was a past Artist-in-Residence for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Currently, she has returned to college at NMSU to pursue a bachelor’s degree in studio art. Her concentration is on 3D fabrication and sculpture with an emphasis in public art and site specific projects. Kayla is serving as a student representative on NMSU’s Public Art Committee. She has a husband and two children. Her family has been a big support for her as she expands her artistic career.
Katrina Chandler, Board Member
Katrina Chandler has been working in graphic design for the past 15 years starting out in newspaper layout design and is the current Creative Director for NMCO Creative Studios in Las Cruces. Katrina completed her BA from NMSU in 2016 with a concentration in graphic design and her MFA from NMSU with a focus on digital art in 2022. Katrina has two children who both have an avid interest in the arts and have had their own artwork showcased alongside her own in the University Art Museum's opening show, Labor: Motherhood and Art in 2020.
Join the City Art Board - submitted applications will be considered as vacancies on the board become available.