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516 Arts Announces 2022 Fulcrum Fund Grant Recipients

Established in 2016 in response to an invitation from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to be a partner in its regional regranting program, the 516 Arts’ Fulcrum Fund provides grants to individual artists and artist-run art spaces in all of New Mexico. This year, jurors selected 13 projects from 105 submissions with prizes ranging from $3,500 to $10,000 and totaling $93,600. The 2022 grant cycle includes funding for new exhibitions, public art projects, the work-in-progress of an experimental arts venue or collective, one-time events and performances, works of digital/internet-based art and visual arts related publications. Recipients include JC Gonzo for his self-published zine Cuidado, which features emerging artists based in the South West; Rosemary Meza-DesPlas for her Latina-based performance work Miss Nalgas USA 2022; and Adrian Pinnecoose for Collective balance, a project that highlights the ongoing conversation about digital applications and fabrication in Indigenous art. Other grant recipients are Tytianna Harris, Jessica Krichels, Akilah Martinez, Dylan McLaughlin, Karl Orozco and Michael Lopez, Nayeli Navarro and Elsa Lopez, Sara Rivera, Justin Rhody, Adrian Wall and the We are Longing for a Future collective. 516arts.org —Michael Abatemarco






Sebastien Lange; photo courtesy of the Institute of American Indian Arts


Sébastien Lange named Fulbright Fellow of the Institute of American Indian Arts

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) welcomes French actor, director and painter Sébastien Lange for the 2021-2022 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence. Lange shares her expertise in performing arts and technology to enhance the IAIA Performing Arts program by advancing knowledge and options for performing arts production and using the IAIA Digital Dome. Primarily used by the IAIA’s Department of Motion Picture Arts and Technology, the expansion of the digital dome will provide more interdisciplinary programs at the IAIA and advance the IAIA’s Department of Performing Arts among other college performing arts departments regionally and nationally. “Humanity and art – those are my main goals,” Lange said in a press release. “My goal is to arouse curiosity.” During her residency, Lange will teach various workshops and participate in community collaborations, such as teaching a workshop at the Santa Fe Indian School. The residency concludes with a public performance in the IAIA’s Digital Dome . iaia.edu – MY







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IAIA digital dome; photo courtesy of the Institute of American Indian Arts


NEA Awards grant to support Currents New Media’s 2022 festival

Parallel Studios, producers of the annual Currents New Media festival in Santa Fe, received a grant in the amount of $20,000 through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Arts Project Grants program. The award supports the 2022 festival, which runs from June 17 to June 26. Currents is one of 1,248 national projects selected to receive grants in the first round of funding for fiscal year 2022. The Currents festival is a showcase for works at the intersection of art and technology, including virtual reality, augmented reality, computer art, robotics, desktop and internet art, interactive and immersive installation, 3D printed works, video and sound art. Funding supports associated exhibitions, events and educational programs. currentsnewmedia.org – MY

International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe joins the Shakespeare Theater Association

In February, the International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe (ISC) announced its membership as a member of the Shakespeare Theater Association (STA). “We relish this opportunity to learn, grow and share with other Shakespeare-producing organizations around the world,” ISC Artistic Director Ariana Karp said in a press release. “This new membership is a natural progression of our mission, and we are very happy to collaborate with the STA!” The International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe is committed to making Santa Fe a Shakespeare destination with a focus on education, performance, and community. ISC partnerships include the ISC Ensemble, Upstart Crows of Santa Fe, Shakespeare Gym, Santa Fe Shakespeare Close Readers, Radio Shakespeare Lab, and the Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare Festival. The Shakespeare Theater Association is a membership service organization comprising over 125 theaters and approximately 30 associate members. The STA meets annually to provide support and mentorship as well as share best practices with colleagues across the United States and around the world. internationalshakespeare.center – MY

The Santa Fe Film Institute will award grants and scholarships

The Santa Fe Film Institute (SFFI) will award $10,000 in 2022 to benefit high school students, college students, independent filmmakers, and film productions through its Regional Grants, Imogene Hughes Fellowship, and High School Scholarship programs. SFFI. New Mexico filmmakers can apply for up to $5,000 in funding through the regional grant, and applicants from Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas can apply for up to $2,000 for independent film projects, including productions in progress, pre-production, and post-production, as well as scripts and treatments in development. Winners will be announced in November. The Imogene Hughes Scholarship will benefit several local college students, and the SFFI Scholarship will award $1,000 to a local high school student. The incentives are designed to promote filmmaking creativity and encourage local youth in their academic pursuits. Applications for all three programs are available from 1 May. santafefilminstitute.org – MY

Wise Fool New Mexico receives US bailout grant from NEA

Award-winning and nationally recognized social circus Wise Fool New Mexico announced in January the approval of a $100,000 US bailout grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. US bailout grants are helping the arts and culture sector recover from the pandemic. NEA funding will support existing jobs within the nonprofit organization, fund its operations and facilities, help purchase health and safety supplies, and support its marketing and promotional efforts as he slowly resumes his programming. Co-Executive Directors Oriana Lee, Alishiya Kapoor and Kristen Woods released a statement saying the funding “will boost our youth circus arts programs in Santa Fe public schools, such as Circus Comes to School, and others. that we offer in our studio, such as Afterschool Fools, various camps and intensives such as Teen Troupe and Teen BUST!” Wise Fool New Mexico strives to ignite the imagination, build community, and promote social justice through performance and hands-on experiences in circus arts, puppetry, and theater. wisefoolnewmexico.org – MY

Corina C. Butler