- Work in, for, and with community.
- Respect the wisdom and dignity of others.
- Pursue excellence, consistency, and completion.
- Cultivate inclusivity, compassion, and awareness.
- Encourage agility, honesty, and deep listening.
board of directors
Tiaso grew from many hours (and a couple of years) of discussing and imagining an organization that sustainably supports the creative work of artists in community and improves the sustainability of individual artists as professionals. Tiaso is the product of many voices – Hakim Bellamy, Allison Hagerman, Erin Hudson Schalk, Chris Jonas, Norty Kalishman, Michael Lopez, Valerie Martínez, Chrissie Orr, Michelle Otero, Henry Rael, Robin Seydel, Molly Sturges, Gabrielle Uballez, and Dr. Shelle VanEtten de Sánchez. The McCune Charitable Foundation provided financial and technical support as well as professional encouragement. Littleglobe and the Center for Southwest Culture served as fiscal sponsors and organizational homes as Tiaso developed.
Tiaso Artist Cooperative is member-owned and operated. A Board of Directors is elected from the Tiaso Full Membership.
Valerie Martínez, President
Valerie Martínez is an accomplished poet, experienced educator, collaborative artist, and creative organizer who is committed to leading a wide range of community engagement programs to strengthen individual voice and facilitate community capacity for change and self-determination.
Carlos Contreras, Vice-President
Carlos Contreras is a poet, visual artist, creative producer, master organizer and natural collaborator who facilitates and promotes the power of creativity in and across communities.
Michelle Otero, Treasurer
Michelle Otero is a writer, performer, and teacher who utilizes creative expression and storytelling as the basis for organizational development, building community connection, and positive social change.
Hakim Bellamy, Member
Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2012-14), is a poet, performer, journalist, educator, and self-proclaimed “adventure capitalist” who harnesses creative expression to activate ideas and inspire action through local, national, and international projects.
Molly Luethi, Member
Molly Luethi is an educator and co-owner of Kei & Molly Textiles, a printing studio dedicated to producing artisan-quality fabric goods as well as a vehicle to develop good jobs in the Albuquerque community.
Dr. Shelle VanEtten de Sánchez, Member
Dr. Shelle VanEtten de Sanchez is an experienced and optimistic facilitator, diligent organizer, and creative collaborator who works at intersections of arts, education, and community.
What? Tiaso Artist Cooperative is a member-owned, member-run cooperative that nurtures the work, sustainability, and positive impact of artists, creatives, and cultural workers.
Why? Because the creative work of artists, creatives, and cultural workers is critical to building, nurturing, and maintaining healthy communities.
How? Tiaso Coop provides planning, administrative, financial support, event, and promotion services within a supportive and engaged community of peers.
Dr. Shelle VanEtten de Sanchez