Community Award Ceremonies in the Wings

- October 3, 2011

"...to honor those in Santa Fe doing superb work..."

The Piñon Awards
The Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Piñon Awards have undergone a re-thinking of the categories, the reasons for the awards and the kinds of recipients they seek to honor.

The new award categories and this year’s winners are: Innovation Award, Southwest Care; Visionary Award, Santa Fe Alliance; Quiet Inspiration Award, New Mexico Environmental Law Center and Tried & True Award, Santa Fe Mountain Center. A separate award, The Philanthropic Leadership Award, will be announced at the free awards ceremony, which begins at 6:00 p.m., October 4 at the Lensic. Tuesday’s event will highlight the Foundation’s new approach, but the intent will be the same: to honor those in Santa Fe doing superb work on behalf of the whole community.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards
Later in the month (6:30 p.m. on October 27 at the Convention Center; $65 tickets), the Santa Fe Arts Commission presents the Mayor’s Recognition Awards for Excellence in the Arts. More-commonly known as The Mayor’s Arts Awards, these were started in 1989 to acknowledge living individuals and active organizations or corporations that have made significant contributions to the arts in Santa Fe.

This year’s recipients are: Arts supporter Dorothy Massey, flamenco dancer Juan Siddi, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team, artist Carol Anthony and the Witter Bynner Foundation.

Massey, co-owner of Collected Works, Santa Fe’s oldest independent bookstore, has encouraged and supported poets, writers and readers – maintaining Collected Works as a center for literature and the exchange of ideas.

Since 2002, Siddi has been an active member of Santa Fe’s dance community and in 2008, founded Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company – bringing some of flamenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers from Spain and the U.S. to Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program and Team will receive the Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award for their accomplishments empowering students to create original poetry that incorporates Native languages and philosophies.

Anthony, a dedicated artist and an active member of the Santa Fe community, is known for her serene landscape and still-life paintings and monotypes, mentoring other artists and generously supporting local nonprofits.

The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry has been a vital presence in the city since 1972 when, through a bequest from Santa Fe poet Witter Bynner, it was founded to perpetuate the art of poetry, supporting projects that enliven and educate the community.

Bravo to all!