Since the 1980s, La Sociedad para las Artes has acted as the main outreach organization for the NMSU English department. The organization hosts free evening readings of national caliber, of readers who also offer manuscript consultation to graduate students and craft talks to high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and community members. Since 1996, La Sociedad has offered a Writers-in-the-Schools (WITS) program, a creative writing arts program supporting impoverished school systems. The cornerstone of La Sociedad’s activities is the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series, which began in 1980.