OUTSIDE IN is a non-profit, community-based organization established in 1995 to bring free, live, professional music, dance and other artistic presentations to people who are confined in shelters, residential treatment facilities, correctional facilities, and nursing homes in New Mexico and who do not otherwise have access to the Arts.

Our mission is to alleviate suffering, lift the spirits, and ease the loneliness and sense of abandonment that is so common among confined and institutionalized populations, through access to the performing arts by providing a continuous series of live performances and presentations. We also seek to educate, inspire and empower troubled and high-risk youth by offering them continuous arts workshops and instruction.

A major focus of Outside In is our Youth With Promise program, which offers weekly art, music and dance educational workshops for high-risk youth, juvenile offenders, and other underserved youth.

Latest news from Outside In
CHRIS ABEYTA, with sons  
BUDDY and 
perform holiday tunes for the lunchtime crowd at the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center in Santa Fe
It's hard to believe the holiday season is already here. These days, we're busy bringing holiday music to a wide array of area institutions.  In addition to the numerous senior care facilities we serve throughout the year, this season we're focusing our outreach on various community shelters, includingSt. Elizabeth Shelter, the Adelante Program for Homeless Youththe Interfaith Community ShelterYouth Shelters and Family Services, and Casa Familia.

KEVIN KINANE conducts weekly music classes with residents at the Desert Hills Center for Youth and Families in Albuquerque.

In 2013, we were pleased to expand our programming reach to the Desert Hills Center for Youth and Families in Albuquerque. Desert Hills is a Residential Treatment Center for severely emotionally disturbed youth, male and female, ages 11 through 18.  Certified music instructor Kevin Kinane now conducts weekly music instruction classes at Desert Hills, introducing the young residents not only to the joys of creating music but also to essential life skills including team work, trust, and goal setting.

BONNIE & TERRY BLUHM at the UNM Psychiatric Hospital in Albuquerque
Additional program expansion in 2013 included the addition of 
monthly music performances at the
Bennie Chavez Senior Center in Chimayo and the El Rancho Senior Center in Jacona. Music therapist Lori Sunshinebegan bi-monthly classes at People Centered Services, an adult day habilitation facility which provides employment, community inclusion, and respite to individuals with physical and mental challenges. In addition, Outside In artists have been working at the UNM Psychiatric Hospital in Albuquerque for the first time in many years. In 2014, we hope to begin afterschool music classes at the Hopewell-Mann Community Center in Santa Fe.

THE CLAN TYNKER brought their incredible act to the special needs students at Aspen Community School.

to all the incredible musicians who worked for Outside In this year, includingChris Abeyta, Amado Abeyta, Buddy Abeyta, Eliane Allegre, Petra Babankova,

Roarke Barron, Bonnie Bluhm, Terry Bluhm, Gerry Carthy, J. Michael Combs, Mel Gallegos, Chuck Hawley, Susan Holmes, Kevin Kinane, Curtis Knox, Linda Larkin/High Desert Harps, Busy McCarroll, Kevin & Karen McLaughlin, Nacha Mendez, Deborah Newberg/The Sultana Dancers, Jimmy Stadler, Dick Sundt, Lori Sunshine, Dave Toland, Beth Valdez, Loraine Varela and Cipriano Vigil.

We just had to take one more opportunity to say THANKS to the readers of the Santa Fe Reporter for voting us "Best Community Event" in 2013. We couldn't agree more!  But there's no rest for the weary, as we're already hard at work on plans for the 2014 season.  The upcoming lineup will be announced next month and it promises to be as musically diverse and as high-quality as ever. Some of the exciting new changes for the 
upcoming season include expanding the season from nine weeks to ten, bringing Santa Fe's hottest food trucks to the Plaza on 
selected nights, and for the first time ever, taking Bandstand programming to the Plaza Contenta stage on Santa Fe's fast-growing southside! Check the Bandstand website for more info.

Outside In was pleased to welcome two new members to our board this year. Sarah Leschtwho was married to Outside In's David Lescht, brings a wealth of institutional knowledge about David's vision for Outside In and Santa Fe Bandstand. Patrick Noble wrote his undergraduate ethnomusicology thesis at Harvard on the popular Cuban music genre known as Timba.  Patrick's vast knowledge of the contemporary music scene is an important addition to the board lineup. Welcome, Sarah and Patrick!

According to a recent article by Forbes Magazine editor Randall Lane, we're currently living through a second golden age of philanthropy. "Governments no longer seem capable of executing big ideas. Ditto for major corporations. It's left to entrepreneurial capitalism to innovate. Modern-day philanthropy substitutes public good for profits in instances where there's not yet an economic interest to do the right thing."
In today's world, the real heroes of giving are not the modern day Carnegies or Rockefellers, who win awards for giving a relatively small percentage of their wealth.  It's the middle class families that give a small portion of their income to non-profits and charities within their community and do so without a million dollar safety net.  They give out of compassion for the needs of others, not out of an abundance of wealth.  Exactly the kind of support that's kept Outside In going strong for the past nineteen years.

As you make your end-of-the-year charitable giving plans, we hope you'll keep the spirit of modern-day philanthropy in mind and support the ongoing work of Outside In.


1. CALL US at 505-986-6054.

2. MAIL US at P.O. Box 5714, Santa Fe, NM 87502 

3. Donate through our secure website by clicking here

Thanks for your support.  Sending best wishes for a happy and healthy new year,

Michael Dellheim
Executive Director
Outside In