CWI is the fiscal sponsor for a variety of organizations in Carrizozo and has provided in-kind support for myriad community efforts. Many organizations have gone on to establish their own 501(c)(3) statuses and currently provide valuable services and outlets to the community. Below are some of the affiliates CWI has or still is supporting as well as past and current projects.
Main Street Improvement Project Coming summer of 2021
Music in the Parks was formed in 2007 to bring Sunday afternoon concerts to Carrizozo. Partnering with the Piatigorsky Foundation, the re-named Carrizozo Music worked under CWI to obtain its own not-for-profit status in 2016. Carrizozo Music continues to bring world acclaimed musicians to the community and local schools. As a result of COVID, free virtual concerts are now available through its website.
Carrizozo Community Public Library & Archive
Notice: Response to challenges of operating a public library during COVID-19, while library remains closed, library catalog is available
at https://carrizozo.biblionix.com/catalog/ Contact the library at 575.648.2595 and find Carrizozo Friends of the Library on Facebook.
The Carrizozo Community Public Library & Archive is a true grass-roots success story. Started as a library committee under CWI, this group of dedicated volunteers became Friends of the Library. (Donations made to the library through CWI, Friends of the Library, are tax deductible.)
The Town of Carrizozo adopted the library as a municipal entity with a town ordinance. Opened in January 2019, the public lending library offers free Wi-Fi, public use computers, a free Book Nook program for children, a game area and hosts meetings for community organizations, a film series and a writers’ group. The library also has an office housing the Lincoln County Historical Society archive, open by appointment. To go to its website, click here.
Carrizozo Festival and Artist Studio Tour
For several years, CWI sponsored a community-wide festival that included a parade, food trucks, music, fireworks and an artist studio tour. The one-day event brought people from around the region in a celebration of the unique talents that live and work in Carrizozo.
Carrizozo Film Office
In 2019, Carrizozo was the backdrop for three movies. COVID had a devastating effect on on-scene filming in 2020. The state is gradually re-opening and all productions must adhere to orders by the governor and health department.
CWI sponsors a film liaison who works with the New Mexico Film Office and actively promotes the area for films. The liaison also hosts a free “Made In New Mexico” film series. The free community event will resume when COVID abates.
The Carrizozo film office also encourages local filmmakers. Local high school makers made an award-winning PSA and the liaison has developed regional contacts for students who wish to pursue a career in film. CWI also supported a local filmmaker in her documentary and is committed to fostering film both behind and in front of the camera.
Little Free Libraries
Since 2012, “take a book, leave a book” sharing boxes have been erected all over town. With 13 Little Free Libraries in a population of under 1,000, rumors of Carrizozo being one of the leaders in the movement quickly spread. To read more about the movement and Carrizozo’s love of reading, go to https://littlefreelibrary.org/little-free-libraries-won-west/ , https://www.abqjournal.com/383519/little-free-libraries-pop-up-all-over-carrizozo.html and https://www.ruidosonews.com/story/life/columnists/2015/10/06/historical-potpourri-tiny-libraries/73392610/
Carrizozo Youth Sports
CYS coaches even the very youngest Carrizozo children to play sports and learn sportsmanship. CYS obtained its own not-for-profit status while under CWI and continues to provide an invaluable opportunity in a variety of sports.
Hanging of James Mack paintings
James Mack is a revered artist who calls Carrizozo home. Three paintings are on loan to the town of Carrizozo by James and Fran Mack. Two massive works hang behind the trustee’s desk in town hall and one hangs in the lobby. CWI paid for the stretching and framing of the works. The paintings were hung by the son-in-law of a CWI board member, supervised by board member and mayor.
Free Carbon and Smoke Detector Program
At the end of March 2021, two people perished in their home in Carrizozo. The Community Foundation of Lincoln County awarded a grant to CWI to purchase and install 50 combination carbon and smoke detectors for those who could not afford one. The Carrizozo Fire Department identified recipients and installed the detectors. CWI set up a gifting program for future detectors to be donated in someone’s name to allow anyone who needs a detector to have one.
Judy Fitz started and contributed to a local email newsletter for years, updating information, announcements and notifications free of charge. In 2021 when Judy decided to retire, CWI took on the project. For more information about Judy and the newsletter, click here.