The annual meeting of the Native American Artisans Portal Program is taking place on Monday, October 25th from 8:30 – 1pm. The meeting will take place at the New Mexico History Museum.
Please note that proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test are required in order to attend, as is the wearing of masks.
Meeting Agenda 8:30 Begin registration (Committee members & coordinator) 9:00 Call the meeting to order (Chair) Opening prayer Welcome & comments by Chair Welcome & comments by Director Review purpose of the meeting and the agenda 9:15 Nominations for the Portal Committee (Director) Finalize ballot Verify that requirements for tribal/pueblo composition can be met Send ballot to be printed 10:00 Proposals for rule changes (Presentation by the Committee) 10:30 Election of the Portal Committee Distribute, collect, and count ballots The tally can be done outside the meeting while other business is being done 10:45 Break 11:00 Discussion & vote on proposed rule changes 11:30 Announcement of Committee members Election of Committee Officers (by raised hands) 12:00 Open discussion (new Chair) 12:45 Comments by outgoing Chair Comments by incoming Chair Comments by Director Closing prayer Adjourn
The program has been closed since March 12, 2020 as a result of the Covid pandemic. A reopening plan has been crafted in accordance with state public health orders and Covid-safe practices. Protecting the health of artisans and the public is a primary concern of the museum and the Department of Cultural Affairs.
All vendors will wear masks and will be separated from one another by at least six feet. To adjust for the increased spacing, vendors will be selling along Washington and Lincoln Avenues, as well as under the portal. Pedestrian traffic under the portal will be one-way, from west to east. Customers are encouraged to comply with state law regarding mask wearing. The Portal opens at 10:00 every day and closes at 3:00 although vendors may stay later.
The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs looks forward to welcoming the public back to our museums and historic sites in the near future!
Please check our social media or our website often for an announcement regarding our reopening plans, and to continue exploring our online programs. In the meantime, we are working diligently to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff by preparing our facilities. We will see you soon!