UNM’s role as an Adobe Creative Campus has become even more connected to the Cloud.


After nearly three years, the Adobe Creative Commons opened to student, faculty and staff imaginations on the first floor of the Zimmerman Library on Nov. 9.

UNM established its partnership with Adobe in 2019, and soon announced plans for a space for Lobos to generate the next big idea. The equipment, workshops, and tech support have all become a reality with the continued Adobe collaboration, as well as efforts by UNM University Libraries, and UNM Information Technologies.

The grand opening featured a special look at the newly installed computers with Adobe Creative Cloud apps with demos, as well as editing bays, audio booths, and audio-visual equipment available for off-campus use. 

The Creative Commons also features the Lobo Brain Bar – an IT service desk to help community members with basic operating system support. 

“It’s grand because our community has access to a global experience with these tools and training,” UNM Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Senior Planner Marth Becktell said. “It begins to level us to an equitable playing field.” 

University and Adobe leaders attended the grand opening, deeming UNM once again, as part of a select group of schools with a strong capability to drive the future of digital literacy.

Community workshops will also be held in this new space. The New Mexico Black Leadership Council will host an Adobe Express workshop Thursday, Nov. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will also be a workshop hosted by Explora from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both events will be in the Zimmerman Commons’ Collab Room.

“Anytime we get to have a cross-sector collaboration, it gets us closer to really serving every person in the community, and not just a small segment of it,” New Mexico Black Leadership Council Founder and Director Cathryn McGill said.

Explora’s X Studio Program Manager Sheldon Hamilton agreed, as an alumnus.

“When I went to UNM, I was studying film and social media, so a space like this would have been really exciting. This is really accessible,” he said. 

For more information about the resources available now inside Zimmerman visit Adobe Creative Commons.