(From a City of Santa Fe news release)
Mayor David Coss and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission are proud to announce the recipients of the 2011 Mayor’s Recognition Awards for Excellence in the Arts.
Again this year, the recipients have made outstanding contributions to the arts, demonstrated artistic excellence and exceptional achievement, and have embraced an ongoing commitment to the arts in Santa Fe. Mayor Coss will present the awards at a dinner honoring the recipients on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
Recipients of the 2011 Mayor’s Awards are:
Carol Anthony—Known for her serene landscape and still-life paintings and monotypes, Anthony is a dedicated artist and an active member of the Santa Fe community who mentors other artists and generously supports local nonprofits, providing them with paintings and monotypes for auctions.
Dorothy Massey—Co-owner since 1996 of Collected Works, Santa Fe’s oldest independent bookstore, Massey has encouraged and supported poets, writers and readers. Massey has demonstrated a sustained commitment to literary excellence by making Collected Works a center for literature and the exchange of ideas.
Juan Siddi—Since 2002, Siddi has been an active member of Santa Fe’s dance community. In 2008, Siddi founded Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. Juan has brought some of flamenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers from Spain and the United States to Santa Fe. Committed to maintaining, preserving and innovating flamenco’s unique ethnic and cultural art form, Siddi is a sought-after teacher who instills the passion of flamenco tradition in his students.
The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry—The Foundation 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. The Foundation has long provided support for projects that enliven and educate the community. Through local grant-making, the Foundation has supported numerous city-wide poetry programs.
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—which incorporates Native languages and philosophies—and then perform that poetry for diverse audiences.
The Mayor’s Awards were started in 1989 to acknowledge living individuals and active organizations or corporations that have made significant contributions to the arts in Santa Fe. Nominations from the community are accepted each year and a specially-appointed committee selects nominees for the Mayor’s consideration. The selection committee consists of Arts Commissioners and a past award recipient.
The community is invited to attend the dinner and award ceremony honoring this year’s recipients on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 PM. The event will be held in the Sweeney Ballroom of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Cost for the dinner is $65 per person. Reservations are required and space is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, visit the Arts Commission’s website at SantaFeArtsCommission.org.
See complete biographies of 2011 recipients below.
2011 Mayor’s Recognition Awards for Excellence in the Arts - Recipient Biographies
Born in New York City, Carol Anthony has made Santa Fe her home for more than 25 years. Known for her serene landscape and still-life paintings and monotypes, Anthony is a dedicated artist who works daily in her studio. Anthony earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Her most recent solo exhibition was at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe. Pieces by Anthony are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Smithonsonian Institution. Anthony also has pieces in numerous private collections including those of Ali McGraw, Susan Sarandon, Carly Simon and Oprah Winfrey. In 2008, Anthony was commissioned to create a public mural in the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute’s new building in the Santa Fe Railyard.
Anthony is an active member of the local community. She is known for her mentorship of other artists, often assisting them with professional development, presentation and pricing as well as recommending them to gallery directors. Anthony is an ardent supporter of many local nonprofits, providing them with paintings and monotypes for auctions. Some of the many organizations that have benefited from her munificence include The Santa Fe Opera, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Theater Grottesco, the Santa Fe Symphony, Acequia Madre Elementary and Assistance Dogs of the West.
Dorothy Massy was born on the east coast where she grew up with a profound love of reading and music, especially opera. She was lucky enough to be hired by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, eventually becoming Secretary to then General Manager Sir Rudolf Bing. Together with her husband, she raised her children in northwestern Connecticut, while working with several local performing arts organizations and as a paralegal. In 1996, Massey moved to Santa Fe to take the helm of Collected Works, Santa Fe’s oldest independent bookstore, with her daughter and co-owner Mary Massey Wolf. In 2009, they moved the store to a larger location which includes a coffee bar and cafe, allowing for regular gatherings and performances.
Massey has encouraged and supported poets, writers and readers with a sustained commitment to literary excellence. She has made Colleted Works a center for literature and the exchange of ideas, opening its doors to diverse nonprofits for over 150 events. Beyond the doors of her store, Massey is a dedicated supporter of the arts in Santa Fe. For more than a decade, she operated the book tent at the annual Spanish Market. Massey has served on numerous nonprofit boards including Shakespeare in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Short Story Festival and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. In 2009, she was honored by the New Mexico Book Association. Massey's unfailing support for the arts embodies the creative spirit, energy and generosity of Santa Fe.
Juan Siddi Aivar was born in Frankfurt, Germany to an Italian-born father and Spanish-born mother. Siddi’s mother raised him with strong cultural ties to her native Barcelona. Immersion in flamenco culture, dance and performance were part of his daily life from an early age. By the age of 18, Siddi was dancing professionally. He developed a reputation as a powerful and passionate dancer, touring internationally with Compañia Flamenca Alhama, Noces de Amor and Rafael Cortés. As the principal male dancer for Compañia Flamenca Alhama, he performed for Carl Herzogin von Wüttenburg and His Majesty the King of Spain Juan Carlos. From 2001 until 2005, Siddi worked with The Music Ensemble of Benares’ “Kathak Meets Flamenco,” a project that explored the common roots of flamenco and Kathak, classic Indian dance and music. In 2002, Siddi was invited by Maria Benitez to perform as a soloist in her annual summer Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco. He continued to perform with Benitez and in 2007 became the principal male dancer and co-choreographer. Recognizing his remarkable artistry and commitment, Benitez passed the torch to Siddi and his Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company in 2008.
Under Siddi’s artistic direction, some of flamenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers, from Spain and the United States, have brought their talents to Santa Fe for the annual summer season. Serving as a cultural ambassador for flamenco and Santa Fe, Siddi and his company have been featured in highly-regarded venues while on tour throughout the United States, Germany and the Middle East. Siddi’s commitment to maintaining, preserving and innovating this unique ethnic and cultural art form has made him a much sought-after teacher who instills the passion of flamenco tradition in his students.
Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry
The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry has been a vital presence in the city of Santa Fe since 1972 when, through a bequest from Santa Fe poet Witter Bynner, it was founded to perpetuate the art of poetry. The Foundation promotes poetry in American culture and encourages grant proposals that expand awareness of the positive effects of poetry on society. Under the leadership of Executive Director Steve Schwartz, the Foundation provides an annual national fellowship in poetry to the Library of Congress. It also supports the translation of poetry from languages not currently available to English readers as well as poetry which has not been translated or merits a new translation.
The Foundation has long provided support for projects that enliven and educate the local community. Through local grant-making, the Foundation has supported numerous city-wide poetry programs. These programs include Artworks, a program of aesthetic education and imagination in elementary schools, New Mexico Culture Net’s Poets-in-the-Schools that brings working poets into Santa Fe’s public middle and high schools, and the city of Santa Fe Poet Laureate position. The foundation has also provided for Poets-in-Residence at area schools, such as John Brandi at Monte del Sol Charter School and Joan Logghe at The Santa Fe Girl’s School. Numerous other Santa Fe arts organizations have received the Foundation’s support including El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Teatro Paraguas, Warehouse 21, Santa Fe Playhouse, Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico Literary Arts and Santa Fe Performing Arts School & Company.
Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award
Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team
The Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program and Team were founded by Timothy McLaughlin in 2002. The Team performs regularly at local venues as well as nationally and internationally. The Team hosts the bi-annual Arts Fest events on the Indian School campus, featuring student performances of poetry and other art forms. Locally, the Team has performed at the Native Roots and Rhythms Concerts at Paolo Soleri Amphitheater, on the Santa Fe Plaza stage during the annual Indian Market, at the grand opening of the New Mexico History Museum, for the Santa Fe 400th Anniversary Commemoration Opening Ceremonies and for elementary school students attending the PASS Poetry Performance at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The Team has received numerous awards including Poetry Out Loud National Contest New Mexico State Champion, Brave New Voices National Youth Poetry Slam Festival and the Santa Fe New Mexican “10 Who Made a Difference.” Travel is an integral component of the program and the Team has traveled to San Francisco; Washington, DC; Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
The Program empowers students to create original poetry—which incorporates Native languages and philosophies—and then perform that poetry for diverse audiences. The Program is a creative outlet for students interested in writing. Team members must take the Santa Fe Indian School’s creative writing course to train in fundamental writing skills and develop their creative vision and voice. This work contributes to the School’s overall mission of developing future leaders for Native communities as team members practice the skills of thinking, writing, cooperating and presenting.