"The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

New Mexico School for the Arts provides access to a rigorous mastery arts and academic high school education for youth with passion and aptitude in the arts, leading to post-secondary learning, careers in the arts, and lives that contribute to society.

NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of a legislatively created, residential, public high school and the NMSA-Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution.

Help NMSA Grow

Make your tax deductible contribution today!
There are many ways in which you can help our school. Read about them all here.

First Day of School

Our first day of school is August 8th, 2016

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading lists are now available, click here for more information.

Supply Lists

Supply lists are now available, click here for more information.

School Lunch Application

To download the 2016-2017 Free & Reduced Price School Meals Application please click here.

Job Openings

To view current openings visit our career page.

Join the NMSA staff in providing our exceptional students who demonstrate promise, aptitude and passion for the arts with the opportunity to earn their New Mexico high school diploma.

Shop Amazon.com through NMSA

Do you shop on Amazon? Next time remember to follow this link from the NMSA website first! By following this simple step, Amazon will track how much you spend and send NMSA a percentage (4-15%) of your total purchase.

Note to Parents:

If your child will be absent from school, his or her absence needs to be reported to the Front Office by 10 a.m. in order to be excused. Please call (505) 310-4194 ext. 102 or e-mail: attendance@nmschoolforthearts.org

Sunshine Portal:

Click here to be re-directed to the New Mexico Sunshine Portal. The Sunshine Portal is the official transparency and accountability portal for New Mexico state government. This is your window into government spending, budgets, revenues, employees, contracts and more.

Upcoming events


Save the date for ArtSpring 2017: May 18 & 19!


Thanks to everyone who made ArtSpring 2016 a glowing success!




NMSA received an “A” grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department for its fourth consecutive year.


Get your NMSA Swag here!

We have a delightful array of NMSA merchandise available for purchase!  Visit the links indicated below to purchase one of our Yearbooks, Senior Visual Arts Catalogues, or a DVD of NMSA’s remarkable 2015 ArtSpring performance.

2015-16 Yearbook Order Form – $30

2015-16 Senior Visual Arts Catalogue – $20

ArtSpring 2016 DVD – $20

Check out our latest audition videos!

All our videos showing what to expect at your NMSA audition – including our most recent Visual Arts video – can be found here!


NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of the New Mexico School for the Arts, a state charter high school and the School for the Arts – NM, a nonprofit art education institution.