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Welcome To New Mexico School for the Arts

The New Mexico School for the Arts is a public, statewide high school that serves young artists with a rigorous, award-winning arts training and academic program.

NMSA helps students cultivate their own artistic voice, fostering broad intellectual development, so that in addition to developing strong technique, students will begin to refine their personal artistic vision and purpose, and the means to communicate that vision through their art.

Important Announcement

Thank you to everyone who joined us for ArtSpring 2024 at The Lensic! Our “Reverberations” performance showcased our students’ immense talent and the profound impact of our arts programs.  Your presence and support illuminate the incredible community spirit that powers NMSA.

We are deeply grateful for our community’s commitment to our vision of nurturing the next generation of artists. Let’s keep celebrating and investing in a future where art and education flourish together.

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NMSA Alumni Reunion

We're thrilled to welcome our Krakens back to the NMSA campus for our inaugural Alumni Reunion! Join us May 24 on NMSA's campus (500 Montezuma Ave)....

Visual Arts Department Presents: Senior Visual Arts Thesis Exhibition: Amaryllis 

NMSA's Senior Visual Art Class presents the exhibition Amaryllis, named after a delicate flower symbolizing determination, passion and beauty. Over...

Music Department Presents: A Special Jazz Band Concert at Dave’s Jazz Bistro

You're invited to Dave's Jazz Bistro for an evening filled with the smooth sounds of jazz as our talented Jazz Band takes center stage for a special...

The Music Department Presents: Junior & Senior Percussion Ensemble

Join us for the Percussion Ensemble Concert! The evening will feature Senior and Junior percussion soloists and percussion ensemble performances...

Guest Artist Program

New Perspectives to Fuel Creativity, Experimentation, and Imagination

NMSA’s Guest Artist Program is a critical piece of the curricula and central to the mission of the school. It augments students’ technical skills, provides mentorship, and brings the profession to life, allowing students to see how their skills can ultimately be applied in a real world setting.

Curtis Tawlst Santiago

SITE Santa Fe Guest Artist

Dario Robleto

Transdisciplinary Artist, Researcher, Writer, Teacher

Ingela Onstad

Stage Fright Workshop

Tony O'Brien


Julian Sands

Performance Santa Fe Audition Masterclass

Nadeeya GK

International Master Teacher

Rick Yoshimoto

Axle Contemporary Guest Artist

Kerry Ginger

Fort Lewis College

Jami Porter Lara

Ceramic Artist

Rahim AlHaj

GRAMMY Award Nominated Oudist

Suki Schorer

School of American Ballet Balanchine Master Teacher

Kathleen McCloud

Axle Contemporary Guest Artist

Lucrecia Troncoso

Micaceous Clay / Sculpture

Jodi Melnick

Multi Award-winning Dancer/ Choreographer

Earl McBride


Judith McCloud

Northern Arizona University

June Ballinger

Actor / Producer

Javier Gonzales

La Sierra University

Robyn Mineko Williams


Debbie & Charlie Carillo

Micaceous Clay Artists

Alejandra Avila

NMSA Alumna ’14

Deborah Brevoort

Playwriting Masterclass, author of the Woman of Lockerbie

Brandon Gunn

Education Director, UNM Tamarind Press Institute

Maria Schneider

GRAMMY Award-winning Composer & Arranger / Bandleader

Points of Pride

New Mexico School for the Arts fosters a culture of respect to self, others, and the community at-large. We have created an education that supports the whole student: as an artist, a scholar, and a citizen. Our reach is statewide; students from across New Mexico are positively impacted by our programs.


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College Acceptance

US Dept of Education National Blue Ribbon School

In 2016, NMSA was designated by the United States Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School

One of Edutopia's
“Schools that Work”

NMSA has been recognized by Edutopia (George Lucas Educational Foundation) as one of their “Schools that Work.”

NMSA is a Digital Promise “Case Study” School

Digital Promise is a national center created by the United States Congress to advance technologies that transform teaching and learning.

Higher than Average
SAT Scores

NMSA’s average composite SAT score is 14% higher than the state average.

“My time here has been invaluable. As I prepare to attend Juilliard, I know the rigor and support I’ve received at NMSA have given me the discipline I need to continue to grow.”

Hugo Pizano ’17
NMSA Alumnus

“The college preparation steps that NMSA takes even as early as 9th grade surprised us – it’s clear they take the advancement of these students very seriously and have established the infrastructure to back it up.”

Merridith Ingram
NMSA Parent

Where Passion Leads to Extraordinary Results

We believe a student’s passion for the arts can propel them to success in every aspect of life. We are committed to fostering that success by providing a strong foundation for artistic and academic growth in an inclusive and challenging environment that encourages exploration, expands imagination and cultivates creativity.

If you believe in the power of the arts, and want to support young artists, please consider giving to our arts program so we can continue to help students thrive!