New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has announced a new collaboration between Robert Redford and the State of New Mexico that is currently referred to as “Sundance in New Mexico.” The initiative will partner with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico Film Office to create and expand upon training programs in film arts and the environment. These programs will be designed specifically for New Mexico’s Native American and Hispanic filmmakers. The Governor was joined by Redford at a recent news conference at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. “This marks a new level of commitment on the part of Bob Redford and my administration in supporting the underrepresented voices in our culture to job creation through the arts and to the power of partnerships built on mutual goals and aspirations ” said Governor Richardson. “The Redford and Sundance names are held in high esteem around the globe and are synonymous in most people’s minds with innovation in the arts advocacy of the environment and public policy reflecting both. This is a tremendous opportunity for New Mexico’s Native American and Hispanic filmmakers and for the state as a whole.” “My love of New Mexico goes back many many years ” said Redford. “My commitment to this state began with The Milagro Beanfield War.” Sundance in New Mexico will be based at historic Los Luceros in Northern New Mexico a cultural treasure located along the Rio Grande that is owned and operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. In use as early as 1350 by the Tewa people of Pfioge Pueblo Los Luceros ultimately was pivotal in the development of commerce and government in New Mexico. “We are pleased that this collaboration will allow the Department to fulfill its dual mission of protecting the state’s cultural heritage while providing educational programs that will benefit the people of New Mexico ” said Stuart Ashman Secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs. “During these tough economic times it is imperative to create partnerships which allow film and arts initiatives to not just survive but to flourish ” said Lisa Strout Director of the New Mexico Film Office. “This opportunity is an honor and a gift to the State of New Mexico.” The costs for Sundance in New Mexico will be covered with existing appropriations for the operation of Los Luceros.