2010 Mayor's Award Recipients
Santa Fe Children’s Museum
Santa Fe Children’s Museum has made significant contributions to the arts in Santa Fe by providing creative opportunities for children and their families since 1985. Over the years, the Museum has offered families thousands of opportunities to explore the arts together, encouraging the integration of arts as a regular part of their family life. Through their educational approach, the Museum has continued to bring high quality experiences to the community by encouraging exploration through music, writing, theater as well as visual arts. Local artists are hired and trained to provide programs for a wide range of ages using the Museum’s philosophy of open-ended exploration and freedom of choice. The Museum continues to support local artists, artisans and musicians by providing free outreach to a variety of events ranging from Santa Fe Community Days to the River Festival, Sustainable Santa Fe Awards, The New Mexico Young Father’s Project Father’s Day event as the Railyard and the 400 Birthday Celebration.
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Santa Fe New Music
Santa Fe New Music was founded in 2000 by Artistic director John Kennedy, as a venue to advocate for new classical music as a living art form. Through the years, Santa Fe New Music has continued to offer musical events and educational programs of the highest artistic quality to a wide sector of the public in a broad range of formats. Their exciting programming has encompassed and shown collaboration through live productions of classic composers ranging from John Cage’s Euopera4 in 2000, to 2009’s Youth Opera The Language of the Birds by John Kennedy. Collaborations with other art and community organizations include Theaterwork, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, The Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, SITE Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Santa Fe High School, Turquoise Trail Elementary School and the Santa Fe Conservation Trust. Kennedy is a dynamic and energetic figure in American music, recognized for his leadership and expertise in the music of our time.
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Darren Vigil Gray
Darren Vigil Gray’s work as a painter transcends cultural, regional and geographical inspiration. Beginning with his teenage years at the Institute for American Indian Art, Gray’s imagery has proven to be a unique approach to imaginative expression, communicating to the viewer in a powerful and personal way. His first mentor was the great Kiowa/Caddo painter T.C. Cannon who encouraged his students to “create their own mythology.” Other influences include Fritz Scholder, and Abstract Expressionists such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Elmer Bischoff, David Park, and Richard Diebenkorn. Gray’s nature as an artist and humanist have contributed to his vibrant presence in the larger Santa Fe community for over thirty-five years.
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Dr. Linda Raney
Dr. Linda Raney’s leadership and unassuming nature can be directly credited to her profound influence and contributions to the musical art scene in Santa Fe. Since moving to Santa Fe in 1985, Raney has served as Director of Music at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church; Director of the Albuquerque Women’s Ensemble for two seasons; and choral director and instructor of voice and music theory at Santa Fe Community College. A list of her professional positions includes 20 years as Music Director of the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble, 23 years as Music Director and Organist at the historic First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe and 13 years as Choir Director of the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus. Under Raney’s leadership, the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble has represented Santa Fe and New Mexico while receiving international recognition. Raney holds a B.A., Master of Music in Organ Performance and church Music, and Doctorate of Music in Organ Music and Religious Studies from Indiana University. Advanced studies include Merulo Conservatory, Parma, Italy and Southern Methodist University. In the 2008-2009 performance year, Raney coordinated the participation of the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and brass for a free concert at the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica. She also played a key role in including the Women’s Ensemble and the Santa Fe Men’s Camarata with the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for their presentation of Verdi’s Requiem.
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Miriam Sagan has been deeply involved in Santa Fe’s literary community since her arrival in Santa Fe in 1984. Founder and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Fe Community College, Sagan is considered a leader in literary art education and is responsible for a flourishing program at the college which offers a mix of fiction, memoir and poetry classes each semester. The program recently added a mentorship and publishing internship. Sagan has taught in various museums in Santa Fe including the Palace of the Governors, Museum of International Folk Art, and the Children’s Museum. A poet, writer and artist herself, she can be credited with a long list of publications including a collection from UNM Press – “Map of the Lost” and “Roadtrips to the Moon” both collaborations with photographer Teresa Neptune.
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Melissa Engstrom Youth Artist Award
Kinsey Spude is a bright, talented young professional whose aspirations include attending an art design college and a career in animation. Known for her dynamic spirit and leadership qualities, she will be a senior at Desert Academy this year. Spude’s commitment to the arts is reflected in her role as founding member and President of the Animation Club. Her unique devotion to quality and achievement of the highest aesthetic outcome resulted in her 2009 film “Veteran’s” winning second place at the National Geographic All-Roads High School Film Award. In the spring of 2010, Spude produced a film for the Santa Fe Horse Shelter that debuted at their annual fund raising event.
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