ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller and Albuquerque city officials held a press conference on the city’s coronavirus response Tuesday and also announced new efforts to support the creative economy.

The mayor reminded everyone that the governor’s extension of the stay-at-home order is now in effect. Liquor stores, payday lenders, and car dealerships are now included in businesses that must close.

Additionally retail operations such as grocery stores must limit the number of customers in their building to 20% or less of the building’s maximum occupancy.

Albuquerque is still in need of blood donations. You can schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 1-877-258-4825 or online at Vitalant’s website.

In an update from Monday, Mayor Keller says the city has now heard from all but one nursing home which is Casa Valencia. The city will now send representatives to the facility to ensure they are following social distancing guidance and are screening staff and residents for COVID-19.

Urban Enhancement Fund Arts and Culture project recovery funds for organizations

The Cultural Services Department has identified $300,000 in reserves in the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund that will be directed to funding Albuquerque arts as well as cultural non-profit organizations that will allow them to continue to provide programming for the community and artist employment.

The City of Albuquerque reports the use of the funds will not diminish the upcoming Fiscal Year 2021-2022 UETF funding budget. These funds are limited to non-governmental and non-profit organizations in Albuquerque city limits who aim to provide arts and cultural programming primarily in Albuquerque.

Applications for funding open on April 6 and are due by April 14 at 5 p.m.

Creatives DIY Media

The Cultural Services Department is directing up to $100,000 through its Media Resources and Community Events divisions in order to contract with local artists to create original video content that will stream on the city’s public access channels, social media, and other digital platforms. CSD is now seeking pitches for finished videos that are between 15 to 60 minutes long and highlight creativity within the Albuquerque community.

Project budgets will range from $75 to $2,500. All projects are to be proposed and created while adhering to social distancing standards. Examples include backyard or living room concerts, dancer performances, monologues, cooking, art making or how-tos. Applications for creative pitches are open on April 6 and will be reviewed through May 1, 2020. Applications can be found online while questions can be emailed to

Youth Engagement Digital Programming

CSD is directing up to $50,000 to fund contracts with local creatives and artists who can create original video content in order to engage youth in educational activities connected to art and culture that can be broadcast and streamed on the city’s public access channels as well as digital platforms such as Facebook. The city is looking for proposals in the form of 15, 30, and 45-minute finished videos, one-time digital outreach events, or multi-session classes from local artists in the community.

Project budgets will range from $250 to $2,500. Applications are open from April 6 and will be reviewed through May 1. Applications can be found online.

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