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2016 Mayor's Awards

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Recipients of the 2016 MAYOR’S ARTS AWARDS

Francisco Benítez

Francisco Benítez was raised in New Mexico, New York, and Spain. He studied at St. John’s College, the Art Students League in New York City and University of New Mexico. His work is on permanent display at the New Mexico State Legislature’s public art collection, as well as at the National Hispanic Culture Center and the Conseil Général de l’Aveyron in France.

Francisco "Paco" Benitez Video

LEANNE DeVANE & Amy Summa, Fine Arts Coordinators for the Santa Fe Public Schools

Leanne DeVane has been the Music Education Coordinator for Santa Fe Public Schools since 2008. She taught elementary music and choir on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Arizona for two years, followed by eight years of elementary music and choral teaching at Ramirez Thomas and Sweeney elementary schools in Santa Fe. Under her leadership, SFPS’ music education programs have quadrupled in size and scope, reaching nearly 3800 students in elective programs in band, choir, guitar, and string orchestra.

Amy Summa has been the Arts Education Coordinator for the Santa Fe Public Schools since 2005. In 2012 she was awarded the Art Education Advocacy Award by the NM Art Educators Association. She strives to bring a well-rounded, arts rich education to Santa Fe's public school students. To this end she has collaborated with many of Santa Fe's arts institutions and artists, as well as worked to expand teachers' ability to use art as a tool to teach all subjects.

Leanne DeVane  Amy Summa

 Leanne DeVane and Amy Summa Video


Irene Hofmann is SITE Santa Fe’s Phillips Director and Chief Curator. She joined SITE in October 2010 after serving as Executive Director and Curator of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore for five years. Under Hofmann’s leadership, SITE announced a reimagined biennial exhibition series entitled SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas and launched a major capital campaign to expand its facility. She has held positions at the Orange County Museum of Art; Cranbrook Art Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Walker Art Center, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

 Irene Hofmann

Photo: Kate Russell

 Irene Hofmann Video


From an early age Arlo Namingha was creating art in different mediums and settled primarily on sculpture.  He comes from a long line of artisans in his family, including his great-great-grandmother, famed potter Nampeyo, and his father, painter Dan Namingha. Arlo’s work has been shown in exhibits in many places including Santa Fe, New York, Monaco and Japan. Namingha has always believed in giving back to his community through his art, and has donated several of his works to various nonprofit organizations.

Arlo Namingha

Photo: Jennifer Esperanza

Arlo Namingha Video


Founded in 2010, the purpose of NMSA’s dual arts and academic education is to ensure that youth for whom art is a core expression of identity can receive quality arts and academic preparation for success. Since inception, NMSA has served students from 62 distinct New Mexico communities and is under increasing pressure to expand. Acquiring the former Sanbusco Market complex in Santa Fe’s Railyard District will allow NMSA to build a permanent campus and increase enrollment. The 44 seniors in the class of 2015 received $5.4 million in scholarships and financial assistance from schools like the Rhode Island School of Design, New York University-Tisch School of the Arts, the School of the Chicago Art Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Smith College, and the University of New Mexico.



New Mexico School for the Arts Video

ZEKE FARRELL, Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award

Zeke is an outstanding performer, teaching artist and youth leader. Now 17, he has been participating in Wise Fool programs and performances for the last three years, starting with the breakdance crew 3HC and then expanding into more circus skills such as partner acrobatics, juggling, stilt walking and bicycle acrobatics.  He has performed in several acts during Wise Fool’s annual Circus Luminous at The Lensic.  Zeke excelled at the physical arts and has become a teacher in Wise Fool’s afterschool youth programs. He is a great role model for younger students and also assists with adult classes.

Zeke Farrell

Photo: Gabriella Marks


Hezekiah “Zeke” Farrell Video




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