Santa Fe poet laureate

Elizabeth Jacobson, photo Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican

Elizabeth Jacobson named Santa Fe Poet Laureate

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission on June 18 announced the selection of Elizabeth Jacobson as the fifth poet laureate of Santa Fe. Jacobson will serve a two-year term, during which she will make public appearances at civic occasions and promote poetry in the city via readings and educational events. Jacobson is the author of two books of poetry, Her Knees Pulled In (Tres Chicas Books, 2012) and Not Into the Blossoms and Not Into the Air (Parlor Press, 2019). She is also the founder of the WingSpan Poetry Project, which hosts poetry workshops in local domestic violence and homeless shelters. The Santa Fe Poet Laureate program was established in 2005. Past poet laureates are Arthur Sze, Valerie Martinez, Joan Logghe, and Jon Davis. The poet laureate receives a $5,000 honorarium that is funded by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. To learn more about Jacobson, read the recent Pasatiempo profile at tinyurl.com/yxzjbqvg.


National marketing campaign promotes Santa Fe visual arts scene

TOURISM Santa Fe and a local marketing collective, Team LOKA, launched a new national campaign in May that highlights Santa Fe’s visual arts scene as a destination for high-end art collectors and culture seekers. According to a news release, this is the first time Santa Fe’s museums and galleries have been specifically featured in such an initiative. The six-month campaign will spend $225,000 on an array of strategies. Select social media influencers will be invited to visit Santa Fe for a “luxurious, experiential tour” and a meet and greet with gallery owners and artists. A highly targeted digital marketing campaign will identify web users who are likely to travel to Santa Fe to buy art or visit museums by driving them to galleryofgalleries.com.


George R.R. Martin hosts Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience at the Santa Fe Opera

Game of Thrones fans can relive sonic highlights of the beloved HBO series on Monday, Sept. 30, at the Santa Fe Opera (301 Opera Drive) at the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. Hosted by Emmy award-winning composer Ramin Djawadi and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, the concert features a full orchestra and choir, performing selections from all eight seasons of the now-completed fantasy show that was based on Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series. The event is a benefit for the Stagecoach Foundation, a nonprofit supported by Martin that helps create career pathways for New Mexicans in the film and television industry. Tickets start at $59.50; meet-and-greet packages start at $299, available at ticketmaster.com.


NDI New Mexico gets $4,000 grant from Continuous Pathways Foundation

National Dance Institute New Mexico (NDI-NM) received a $4,000 grant from the Continuous Pathways Foundation in Pojoaque, New Mexico, in March to support programs in Pojoaque and Española Valley schools. The grant served 615 students in 10 public and Bureau of Indian Education schools. On May 16 and 17, about 4,000 people attended Our Dancing Feet! at Española Valley High School, a performance by hundreds of children to celebrate NDI-NM’s 25th anniversary. Since 1994, NDI’s programs have reached 110,000 New Mexico students. Established in 2013, the independent Continuous Pathways Foundation supports the Pueblo of Pojoaque and the surrounding region. For more information, go to ndi-nm.org.


Santa Fe photographer exhibits work in Berlin gallery

A solo photography exhibition by Natalie Christensen opens Aug. 3 at Galerie Minimal in Berlin, Germany’s first gallery for minimal photography. The exhibition, entitled The Deconstructed Self, details the light-and-shadow play that Christensen found around Santa Fe when she moved to the City Different from Kentucky in 2014. She turned to photography after working as a psychotherapist for two decades. “The beauty of the natural environment is evident to most people; however, my interest was to explore the more banal peripheral landscapes that often go unnoticed by the casual observer,” she said in a press release. Christensen’s work has been shown in London; Düsseldorf, Germany; New York; and Los Angeles. The Deconstructed Self runs through Oct. 4. For more information, go to galerie-minimal.com/events. To learn more about Christensen, read the recent Pasatiempo profile at tinyurl.com/y2b3zyly

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