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Nonprofit Littleglobe continues Littleglobe TV project; announces NEA grant
The team at local nonprofit Littleglobe is embracing the beginnings of springtime with a new episode in its ongoing Littleglobe TV series.
"We are finding ourselves hopefully coming through most of COVID-19," says Littleglobe Executive Director Chris Jonas. "We're emerging changed. Our town has changed and Littleglobe has changed, and it is really important that we take the efforts to make sure we're telling a broad base of complex stories."
Littleglobe TV was founded at the onset of the pandemic as many of the world's cultural and nonprofit offerings were phasing into more robust versions of online communications. The next episode's particular set of stories are all about the spring season, including a vignette about carrying on a mother's gardening tradition from contributing producer Nadine Oglesby, and a piece about Santa Fe's Thai community coming together to build and maintain a greenhouse full of Thai-centric veggies by producer Nutthapol Ma. The episode will feature at least seven other pieces as well, which represent as wide a swath of people as could fit within a reasonable amount of time.
"One of the things that drives me crazy about Santa Fe is that everybody is trying to reach consensus about who we are, but we're this complex weave of people," Jonas says. "Santa Fe is expanding. We've got more people, the same housing crunch we've always had; we've got people whose families have lived here hundreds of years, and people who are just starting their connection to this place. We need to start to understand who lives in our town right now. We're just saying you have neighbors—know them."
Littleglobe also announced a $30,000 windfall from the National Endowment for the Arts, which will go toward future versions of its ¡Presente! program of live storytelling events—including stipends for storytellers. Previously, ¡Presente! events have taken place in more traditional theater settings, like the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Jonas says he envisions new installments in outdoor spaces, possibly even at block parties, but only time will tell.
"We really want it to be stories about Santa Fe by Santa Fe," he explains. "It isn't this colonial notion of the outsider looking in—it's people telling their own stories, and it should run parallel to the work that's going on in other parts of town—our monuments and public spaces and how we hold such a complicated history. We see it as kind of being a way for us to ask the questions of who's in the room. How do we occupy the same space together?" (Alex De Vore)
Littleglobe TV Episode 6: The Garden:
7 pm Tuesday, April 20. Free.
It Takes Two
One silver lining of the pandemic Zoom boom is in how folks might learn about and otherwise attend events that would normally be in-person things. Anyone with a decent internet connection can put something together; anyone with a decent internet connection can take part. Enter the National Hispanic Cultural Center's 2021 Children's Bilingual Book Festival—the only such event in the country as far as we know, and a free four days featuring readings, workshops, author talks and more. The whole thing's broadcast in English and Spanish and another fine example of the excellent work for which the NHCC is known. (ADV)
2021 Children's Bilingual Book Festival:
9 am-5 pm Thursday, April 15-Sunday, April 21. Free.
Come On, Elaine
You'll hear no shortage of philosophical waxing about the value and impact of contemporary art from the Southwest in Santa Fe—or anyplace else for that matter—but with "contemporary" being such a nebulous term, how does one learn more without setting adrift, guideless, on the internet? The New Mexico Museum of Art surveying the influence of dealer, curator, patron and all-around arts lover Elaine Horwitch is about as good as it gets. As the legend goes, Horwitch championed countless artists of and from the region, particularly Latino and Indigenous creators. Up until her death in 1991, Horwitch was such a driving force in contemporary Southwestern art that the impact is still felt. Julie Sasse, chief curator for the Tucson Museum of Art, who worked with Horwitch, curates. (ADV)
Southwest Rising: Contemporary Art and the Legacy of Elaine Horwitch:
All day Saturday, April 18. By Admission.
New Mexico Museum of Art.
107 W Palace Ave., 476-5072
Once upon a time, the major publishing houses across the globe worked rather similarly to the record industry. With a stranglehold on supply lines and dollars, they were the tastemakers, they were the nay-sayers, they were the arbiters of words. Of course, like the music biz, times have changed, and it's now possible to get your own words out there through self-publishing, but where to start? Author and Institute of American Indian Arts album Carol MacLeod knows, and with her upcoming eight-session class dubbed Self Publishing 101, she'll pass that wisdom on to budding writers who don't want to bother with the old-school ways. Who's some Random House snob to tell you what's what? You want to get something out there, this is the way. (ADV)
6 pm Tuesday, April 20. $39.