And the Nomination Goes To…?

- April 6, 2012

"Poet Laureate and Mayor's Arts Awards..."

Poet Laureate Program

The Santa Fe Arts Commission is looking for a poet to continue the tradition of Poet Laureate of the City of Santa Fe.

Established in 2005, the Poet Laureate program of the Arts Commission strives to promote a meaningful poetic presence as part of the diverse cultural fabric of our city. This is an honorary position given to a poet who has established a presence in the world of poetry, demonstrated a commitment to and passion for poetry and embraces the opportunity to engage in civic discourse.

Each of the Poets Laureate serves a two-year term, during which he or she brings the art of poetry to events and celebrations through the community and also presents an educational component to enrich the lives of citizens, both young and old. The program began with famed poet Arthur Sze, followed by Valerie Martinez and current Poet Laureate Joan Logghe.

With the Poet Laureate program, the Arts Commission’s goal is to enhance the presence of the literary arts in Santa Fe and create a focal point for the expression of Santa Fe’s culture through that presence. Former Poets Laureate have celebrated the spirit of the people and special qualities of our city and raised awareness of the power of poetry and the spoken word. And, an important creative legacy of the program has been to build a body of work that commemorates the life of our city through the publication of books and broadsides of the work generated during a poet’s term.

To nominate a member of our literary community or for more information, visit the Arts Commission’s website. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards

Each year a distinguished list of artists, arts supporters and activists are nominated for these awards, which are formally named The Mayor’s Recognition Awards for Excellence in the Arts. And each year, the roster of extraordinary individuals or organizations that have made the arts their life’s work challenges the selection panel and the Mayor to choose the “best of the best.”

The arts play a very important part in the cultural and fiscal health of Santa Fe and these awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant, ongoing or legacy contributions to the success of the arts in Santa Fe and who keep the arts at the forefront of community life.

Again this year, The City of Santa Fe is seeking nominations of individuals or organizations that deserve an award for their outstanding work in the arts and to be celebrated at a gala event later in the year. And the individual does not have to be in the twilight of his or her years to be nominated. Nominations of youth artists (aged 21 and under) who have demonstrated artistic excellence and achievement with a deep commitment to the arts are also considered for the Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award.

For a nomination form or to see a list of past recipients, go to: or contact the Arts Commission office at 955-6707. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, May 7, 2012.