2021 Mayor's Awards


2021 Mayor's Arts Awards


the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Recipients

Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 6, 2021, 5:30 pm via ZOOM (link below)


The 2021 Mayor’s Arts Award Recipients are:

ARTS:  Lightning boy foundation

The Lightning Boy Foundation was founded in the memory and honor of Valentino Tzigiwhaeno "Lightning" Rivera, a hoop dancer from Pojoaque Pueblo who passed away at the age of 8 in 2016. The nonprofit foundation is dedicated to empowering youth and helping them preserve cultural roots. The foundation supports a tribally inclusive Lightning Boy Hoop Dance Group and other youth performance and visual arts objectives.

To watch a performance:  Go Here


ARTS Innovator:  santa fe independent film festival 

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival serves as a creative center for film year-round, and presents a robust collection of top films each October. SFiFF provides professional opportunities for artists, and unmatched audience participation in the world’s greatest little film city. SFiFF began in 2009 as a fringe festival that took place in a community center. By 2011, it was the largest event of its kind in New Mexico, screening over 100 films during a five-day fest. SFiFF has become a top annual event in New Mexico and has effectively helped extend Santa Fe’s tourism season into late October.


culture connects: Israel francisco haros lopez

Israel Francisco Haros Lopez is a community-minded artist, poet, mentor, muralist, and gardener.  Currently he is the cofounding member and Artist Director of Alas De Agua Art Collective, where he works to create opportunities for Black Indigenous People of Color and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual and/or Ally Artists.


Philathropy:  Andrew Wallerstein and mary sloane

Andrew Wallerstein and Mary Sloane over the years have provided generous financial support for SITE Santa Fe, the New Mexico School for the Arts, Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), The New Mexico Museum of Art, and many other arts organizations to create creative programming and collaboration in the arts community.  Andrew served as Board Chair of SITE Santa Fe for eight years and continues to be an active Board member, he led the $12.5 million capital campaign for SITE's new building and grew the endowment to $10 million.  He is currently serving on the board of directors of Radius Books, a Santa Fe nonprofit arts organization that publishes and distributed books to schools and libraries.  Mary serves as as board member at the New Mexico School for the Arts.


Melissa engestrom youth artist award:  Theo kutsko

Theo Kutsko (they/them/theirs) is a junior studying theater at New Mexico School for the Arts.  Theo is a Vocalist, Pianist, Actor, Theater Technician, and Visal Artist.  In 2020 Theo was a finalist at Broadwaycon's Star to Be competition in NYC, and was the youngest performer at the All Things Broadway showcase at Feinsteins/54 Below.  They serve as a member of Student Wellness for Voice and Empowerment team and is Vice President of NMSA's Gay Straight Alliance.  Theo has performed locally at Eldorado Fall Festival Rock the Arts, Chile Line and during the pandemic did a Ghost Light Session on stage at The Lensic.


To watch a performance: Go Here




The awards ceremony will be held virtually on Thursday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by local artist, comedian, and performer Carlos Medina, and will feature a performance by Mariachi Xóchitl. You can join the event on May 6th at 5:30 pm via Zoom Link HERE



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