We are approaching the end of this year’s census season. The deadline to complete the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire is September 30th. It is vital that everyone completes and submits the census form. Undercounting will negatively impact New Mexico’s federal funding and political representation at the federal level for the next decade. The census results also has a major impact on the arts and culture sector in New Mexico, as well as library services in rural areas such as the bookmobile that visits Carson.
Many federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funds a large portion of New Mexico State Library’s bookmobile service, as well as statewide databases, and the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, distribute funds on a per capita basis that is determined by the census. If New Mexico is undercounted, we will see a real effect in the loss of money for critical major arts and culture organizations like museums, theater groups, symphonies, and opera companies, as well as for arts in the schools and community art programs, local arts councils and studio tours, for folk art apprenticeship programs, and for small non-profit arts organizations.
The funding helps communities across New Mexico get improved roads, schools, health care programs, and more. The census affects how financial resources will be allocated to us in the future.
So please complete the Census today and encourage your friends, family, and communities, to do so as well. You can find all the info at https://www.census.gov/.