Arts Commissioners and Staff
Arts and Culture Staff
Pauline Kanako Kamiyama is the Director of the City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department which provides leadership by and for the City to support arts and cultural affairs; recommends policies and programs that develop and promote artistic excellence in the community. Under her purview are four focus areas: Youth Arts, Economic Growth, Creative Spaces and Engagement with programs including grants, art in public places, community gallery, youth and adult poet laureates, city historian, Mayor’s Awards in the Arts through the Culture Connects lens of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusivity. Most recently, Pauline is the former Deputy Director of Civic Art for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where she was responsible for planning, developing and implementing what is becoming one of the largest public art programs in the country. She created and managed the Creative Strategist Initiative that embeds artists in County Departments as part of the Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative.
Ms. Kamiyama has 20 years of experience in the arts and culture sector, primarily in civic and community based institutions. Ms. Kamiyama is a strong advocate for community engagement with innovative problem solving and collaborative strategies. She has a particular interest in creative place keeping that brings artists, residents, business owners, civic and community stakeholders together to assess and build upon the unique physical and social character of a place through creative activities. She has worked on community development initiatives around issues of homelessness, racial diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. Ms. Kamiyama is a public speaker and presenter and a member of the Forecast Public Art Board of Directors, connecting artists with cities, institutions and communities to courageously tackle the vital issues of our time. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CSU, Fullerton, post graduate studies in public administration.
Robert D. (Rod) Lambert Jr., Assistant Director, is responsible for management level decision making including policy recommendations and programmatic implementation related to the Arts and Culture Department. That includes overseeing the Grants, Art in Public Places and Community Gallery team, the public art collection, the Galleries program and special initiatives which include Culture Connects.
Lambert has a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning and a Bachelor of Arts from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Lambert was the Arts Commission’s Community Gallery Manager from its inception in 2008 to 2019. Prior to that he was the Gallery Director at Santa Fe Clay, Operations Manager with Essex Two (a Chicago graphic design boutique), and a Project Manager with Arthur Andersen’s Internet Design Division.
Erminia Tapia was born and raised in Belen, New Mexico. Tapia moved to Santa Fe in 2007 and graduated from Capital High School. She attended Santa Fe Community College with a background in Sign Language interpreting. Erminia has worked for both state and city government since 2010. She has been employed by the City of Santa Fe since 2014 working in various departments throughout government most recently including the Mayor’s Office and Constituent Services. She has helped with several program implementations such as Southside Summer, and also served on the planning committee for recent Mayor’s Ball in 2018 and 2019.
The Mayor and City Council appoint nine volunteer Commissioners that make up the Arts Commission. Commissioners represent a broad range of talents, skills and experience.
Alma Castro is a Santa Fe native, raised and now operating Cafe Castro, a longtime local hub for food and community organizing. In her undergraduate at Oberlin college, she earned a double major in political science and comparative american studies. During that time, she was selected as a Mellon fellow where she studied immigrant migration in the Midwest. Continuing with her passion for labor rights, Alma returned home to help organize her community around economic justice. As an organizer for Somos Un Pueblo Unido, she helped launch New Mexico’s first worker center. She most recently taught for the Chicago Mariachi Project and played in Chicago’s only all female mariachi. While in Chicago, she also continued her organizing work around labo rights and community organizing. Alma is now back home to promote community building by using her family restaurant as an anchor for the preservation and expression of Santa Fe’s local culture, especially local food-ways.
Anne Wrinkle is an independent consultant in cultural communications, marketing, fundraising and events for museums and non-profits. She served as a senior staff member at the contemporary art museum SITE Santa Fe in several capacities including External Affairs, Development and Public Relations for almost 20 years, as it grew from a scrappy, spirited and ambitious youngster to a sophisticated, mature and integral community asset, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. Throughout her extensive career in the art world, she has been expressed a passionate commitment to support and serve extraordinary artists and help share their unique perspectives with the people of Santa Fe and the world. Prior to moving to Santa Fe from New York City, Anne held positions at The Drawing Center, Michael Werner Gallery and Livet Reichard Co., an arts marketing/PR firm with clients including Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Martha Graham Dance Company, AmFAR and NARAL, among others. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MA in Art History from Hunter College, CUNY, and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Raashan Ahmad is an emcee, producer, DJ, label owner and internationally touring musician who combines his story and stance on social, political and cultural issues via the spoken work (in all of its forms) with various rhythms and music from across the globe. His career as a recording artist spans close to two decades. He has released 6 studio albums, toured over 35 countries, collaborated with the national orchestra in Bogota, Columbia and the symphony in Warsaw, Polond and has garnered critical acclaim from worldwide press (RFI, XXL, BBC, France 24, Urb, Pan African Music, Rolling Stone, etc.). Raashan is also a cultural worker who is rooted in racial/social justice and culture as a tool for education and community building. In Santa Fe, he has served as a youth mentor, organizer of and annual back to school drive, food drive and facilitated fundraisers for various teachers and classrooms. In addition he is currently Co-Executive Director at Vital Spaces, Co-Founder of Earthseed Black Arts Alliance, voted "Best DJ" in Santa Fe, a director and producer for various video projects and is a promoter for a storytelling event as well as an ongoing assortment of community dance events that focus on bringing different sections of the city together.
Tamara Bates is a financial coach for individuals and nonprofits. She has worked as a financial advisor at Raymond James and UBS Financial Services. She’s also held roles as a development consultant for numerous nonprofits; as Vice President of Strategy and Programs for Innovate+Educate; as a Development Director at Santa Fe Waldorf School; and as a Program Officer at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Tamara views her varied background as an asset for her clients, enabling her to provide holistic guidance to everyone from female entrepreneurs to nonprofit leaders. She holds a B.A. with magna cum laude honors in Psychology from the College of Santa Fe, and a joint M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Child Development from Tufts University. Tamara is a life-long dancer who trained at Cleo Parker Robinson, Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey and currently teaches dance in the after-school program at NDI-NM . She also serves on the boards of the LANL Foundation and Southwest Creations Collaborative.
Jorge Luis Bernal is a working Santa Fe artist and retired architect. He moved to the City Different after careers as an architect in private practice, a professor of architecture at a South Florida magnet Design and Architecture High School, and the project architect for the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. As a teenager, he began painting and later in life discovered ceramics. He continues to explore the joys and challenges of both. Born in Havana, Cuba, Bernal lived in Miami, FL and Bethesda, MD before finding his true home in Santa Fe, where he has dedicated his energy to producing art and promoting local artists. He is Co-President of the Santa Fe Studio Tour and a docent and teacher at the Museum of Encaustic Art. His work has recently been featured in Pasatiempo and on the cover of the Journal of the American Psychological Association. One of the highlights of his new life in Santa Fe has been the installation of his sculpture, Tree of Knowledge at the Southside Public Library, a sculpture dedicated to the life-changing influence of books and learning on our children.
Paul Hultin is a lawyer, water and climate activist, and an advocate for artists and the Santa Fe arts community. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School he moved to Denver where he had a national civil trial practice. Since moving to Santa Fe, he has limited his legal work to public interest water and climate litigation and advocacy, and legal representation of local and international artists. He served as a Board Member and Board Chair of the Center for Contemporary Arts from 2013 to 2018. He was an associate producer of Sembene!, an award winning documentary about Ousmane Sembene, the father of African cinema, that screened at more than 50 film festivals around the world. One of Paul's primary interests is the intersection of art and environmental justice and how art can tell universal stories that illuminate our troubled relationships with the environment and with each other.
Dr. Marcia Mikulak is a concert pianist with a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master of Fine Art in music performance from Mills College in Oakland, California. Dr. Mikulak recived her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. She created and directed Santa Fe Research, an organization dedicated to the investigation of learning and potential in children, examining ways in which children diagnosed with 'learning disabilities' could reach their own unique potentials. Her pioneering fieldwork in Minas Gerais, Brazil, working with street children incorporated experimental musical instruments, improvisational techniques, theater and story telling. She has been a Brazil country speicalist with Amnesty International since 2007 and is currently a Brazil consultant for Amnesty International. Dr. Mikulak has several publications, her most recent is "Childhood Unmasked: The Agency of Brazil's Street and Working Children" published in 2015 with Cognella Academic Publishing. She is currently Professor Emerita of Anthropology a the University of North Dakota's Department of Anthropology.
Jennifer Villela has more than 27 years of experience in the communications field, working in the advertising department at The Washington Post; creating and implementing the marketing and public relations plan for the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; and securing media coverage and creating marketing plans for her own clients at V Media. Currently, Jennifer is one of the hosts of Coffee & Culture, a talk radio show focused on the arts and culture of Santa Fe on KTRC, a Hutton Broadcasting station. She recently completed a three-year term as chair of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Business Council. Jennifer has served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at The Lensic, Santa Fe's Performing Arts Center, as Assistant Director of Public Relations at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and as Production Coordinator at the Washington Post Magazine. She grew up in Alamogordo, New Mexico and has a BA in English from the University of New Mexico.
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