Mayor Javier M. Gonzales said, “We take this time every year to recognize the people and organizations who make sure Santa Fe stays on the map as a premier destination for arts and culture. These folks support tens of thousands of jobs for local people, and we’re proud of the work these Santa Feans have done over the last year.”
The Mayor’s Arts Awards selections are made based on careful consideration of community-generated nominations and shine a spotlight on the incredible work artists and others are doing in our community and the ever-increasing importance of the arts to Santa Fe. The Awards will be presented at the annual dinner and ceremony, on Friday, October 27 from 6:30 to 9:30. Tables of 10 are available for $750 and there are several sponsorship opportunities available. Individual tickets are $75 and can be purchased at https://www.santafenm.gov/arts_commission. For more information, to become a sponsor or to reserve tickets by phone, please call (505) 955-6707.
The recipients are:
Entreflamenco, Performing Arts: Entreflamenco was founded in 1998 in Madrid, Spain. Since 2011, the company has been serving Santa Fe with dance performances and educational programs. Founding Director Maestro Antonio Granjero is a native of Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of a rich flamenco song and dance tradition. The company presents more than 90 performances throughout the year.
Lowrider Summer, Collaboration: Lowrider Summer was a groundbreaking collaboration between cultural institutions, artists, lowriders, poets and community. Two museum exhibits, “Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders” at the New Mexico Museum of Art and “Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Roads: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico” at the New Mexico History Museum, served as centerpieces for a summer of lowrider culture in Santa Fe. A highlight of Lowrider Summer was “Lowrider Day on the Plaza,” when more than 100 lowrider cars cruised from Fort Marcy to the Plaza. Lowrider Summer highlighted under-represented artists who form the foundation of lowrider culture. It honored their cultural and artistic contributions to New Mexico, while expanding the audience for lowrider culture.
George R.R. Martin, Film and Literary: Best known for “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the fantasy series upon which HBO’s Emmy Award-winning, “Game of Thrones” is based, George R.R. Martin is a fantasy, horror and science fiction author as well as a screenwriter and television producer. As a resident of Santa Fe for nearly 40 years, Martin has invested generously in causes and initiatives, including Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot. In 2013, he purchased the Jean Cocteau Cinema, completely restoring the facility. A year later, he purchased the vacant Silva Lanes Bowling Alley, leasing it to Meow Wolf for the Meow Wolf Art Complex and the “The House of Eternal Return” exhibition. Internationally known, Martin has ensured the benefits of his success help fellow artists in the community.
N. Scott Momaday, Literary: N. Scott Momaday is a Kiowa novelist, short storywriter, essayist and poet. Momaday grew up in Arizona where his mother and father were teachers. His experiences there provided him an understanding of his father’s Kiowa traditions, as well as those of the Navajo, Apache and Pueblo people. He has published more than a dozen books of folklore, poetry, novels, memoirs and children’s books. His 1968 novel, “House Made of Dawn,” led to a breakthrough of Native American literature in American mainstream. The novel received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. He is a tenured professor at the University of Santa Barbara, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of Arizona.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Visual Arts: Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum preserves, presents and advances the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and Modernism through innovative public engagement, education and research. The Museum opened to the public in July 1997, eleven years after the death of its namesake artist. In addition to the main gallery site, the Museum maintains a research center, library, education annex, O’Keeffe’s two historic homes and studios in northern New Mexico, and a variety of collections related to O’Keeffe and modern art. In 2006, the Museum took responsibility for the care and preservation of O’Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiú and her first home at Ghost Ranch. Educational programs at the Museum serve more than 7,100 students and adults per year through a variety of workshops, lectures, conversations and classroom activities.
Sandy Zane, Supporter: Sandy Zane is the owner of form & concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Arts with her husband, Ned Bennett. These galleries reflect her commitment to supporting artists of all ages, media and levels of professional experience. A pioneer of internet sales, she is a visionary entrepreneur who forges into new art realms and economies. Her spirit and tenacity ensures that artists and the Santa Fe art community have a robust national and international audience. Zane creates and supports organizations and programs that provide opportunities for young and emerging artists. She is a prolific philanthropist, donating resources and her own expertise to organizations including the New Mexico School for the Arts, New Mexico Museum Foundation and many other Santa Fe organizations.
Max Manzanares, Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist: Max Manzaneres is a singer, dancer, actor and entertainer who at age 5 began joining his dad, musician David Manzanares, on stage with the Latin band Manzanares. His band The Max Pack has performed jazz, classic tunes and Broadway at a variety of community events such as The Burning of Zozobra, Community Days, Pancakes on the Plaza and the Boys & Girls Club Gala. Manzanares has taken classes at National Dance Institute-New Mexico since 4th grade, and has studied at the Boston Conservatory and the Broadway Dance Center. He is an Honor Roll student with a 4.3 GPA. Max has participated in the Santa Fe Youth Leadership Program and attended the National Student Leadership Conference at Harvard University. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars.