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NEA Big Read Community Art Show

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Deadline Now Extended to May 31

Win Gift Cards, Art supplies, Owl Crates by entering your artwork for the NEA Big Read Art Show and Contest!

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read- Community Art Show & Contest

SPRING 2021 – The City of Santa Fe will celebrate Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. Santa Fe Public Library invites the community to submit their artwork based on the theme of the book or the companion books, Dreamers by Yuyi Morales, The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz or Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher.

Art Commissioners from the Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department will serve on a panel to select prize winning works of art. Each age group will have first, second, and third place winners.

Into the Beautiful North Book Description

“Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn’t the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village — they’ve all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men — her own “Siete Magnv?ficos” — to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman’s quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.”

Who can participate?

The NEA Big Read Community Art Show has four age categories:

  • Children: ages 9 years and under
  • Youth: ages 10-13
  • Teen: ages 14-17
  • Adults: ages 18 and older

Youth entrants must have a parent or guardian sign their entry form.

How to enter?

ONLINE Participants may complete the online entry form and upload images of their work at https://tinyurl.com/BigReadArtShow

Or

DROP OFF Participants may pick up the required entry form and drop off their artwork at any of the Santa Fe Public Library branches during curbside service (Tues,Weds, Thurs, and Sats 12PM – 5PM). Staff will take pictures of the artwork and artists may pick back up their work on a later date.

Participants must submit their entry and images of their work by midnight, May 31st, 2021.

There is a maximum of two entries per participant; a form for each entry is required.

Participants’ submission(s) may utilize any form of visual art media.

Each work submitted for the NEA Big Read Art show must meet the following standards:

  • Represent the theme of the novel, Into the Beautiful North or the companion books, Dreamers by Yuyi Morales or The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz. Themes can include, but are not limited to: immigration, emigration, relocation to new towns/ neighborhoods/ schools/ home, community, resilience, your dreams, your hopes and history finding your way in a new place, navigating an unfamiliar world and finding the best parts of it.
  • Appropriate for a Library, public setting

Exhibit:

All entries will be exhibited at the Santa Fe Public Library online gallery. Some art submitted may be used to promote NEA Big Read programs. Art Commissioners from the Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department will serve on a panel to select prize winning works of art. Each age group will have first, second, and third place winners.

About the NEA Big Read

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of themes, voices, and perspectives,  the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

The NEA Big Read annually provides support to selected nonprofit organizations around the country to host dynamic community-wide reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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Journaling kits for all ages (child through adult) now available at curbside pickup

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Start your own art journal with a FREE take-and-make kit available during our curbside pickup hours and days (Tues., Weds., Thurs., & Sat., noon-5:30 p.m., while supplies last).
Happy spring! This sketchbook is yours to keep! Kits are available to all ages, from newborns to the young at heart!
Fill it with your ideas! These can be anything at all: journal entries, doodles, thoughts about the world right now, poems, sketches from nature, drawings from your imagination, calligraphy, music, comics, invention blueprints, bucket lists, letters to your future self, stories—the pages are yours to fill!

Comienza tu propiodiario de arte
¡Feliz primavera! Este cuadernode bocetos es tuyo.
Llénalo con tus ideas. Puede ser cualquier cosa: anotaciones de diario, garabatos, pensamientos sobre el mundo actual, poemas, dibujos de la naturaleza, dibujos de tu imaginación, caligrafía, música, cómics, planos de inventos, listas de deseos, cartas a tu futuro yo, historias… ¡Estas páginas son tuyas!

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This week’s programs at SFPL

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Wildfire Preparedness with Porfirio Chavarria

May 4, 2021, at 4 p.m.

Register to attend this online Zoom event at:

https://tinyurl.com/FirePreparedness

Meet Porfirio Chavarria the City of Santa Fe Fire Department’s Wildland-Urban Interface Specialist. He has experience fighting forest fires across the country from Alaska to Florida.  He has been working for the Fire Department over the last 15 years educating homeowners on how to live with fire.  Come listen to him talk about what you need to do to prepare your family, your pets, and your home from burning embers and flaming fronts.

Performancia de bailes sinaloenses con el ballet Baila Baila!/ Performance of Sinaloan dances with the ballet Baila Baila!

May 5, 2:30 p.m.

Join us for this live, In-Person(!) Social-distanced performance in the front of the Main Library at 145 Washington Ave. to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Please wear your mask and remain 6 feet from other people/groups.

Brought to you by the Consulate of Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the New Mexico Community Health Worker Association and Compassion & Choices

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

 

Gustavo Arellano Discusses the Cuisine of New Mexico

Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at 6 p.m. MT

Register to attend this online event at https://tinyurl.com/CuisineofNM

Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and Land of Enchantment lover, will lecture on how New Mexican cuisine has entranced outsiders for over a century, why it’s never truly traveled outside the state’s borders, and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

Gustavo is also an essayist and reporter for various publications and a frequent commentator on radio and television programs.  He was formerly editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, and penned the award-winning “¡Ask a Mexican!”, a nationally syndicated column.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN NEED OF ACCOMMODATIONS, CONTACT THE LIBRARY AT 505-955-6788, FIVE (5) WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO MEETING DATE.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library , the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The Hummingbird’s Daughter Book Discussion

Friday, May 7th, 2021 at 6 p.m. MT

Register to attend this online Zoom event at  https://tinyurl.com/hummingbirdsdaughter

You loved Into the Beautiful North–explore another book by Luis Alberto Urrea! Join the Santa Fe Public Library for a discussion about Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter and learn about the historical figure Teresa Urrea, the woman who inspired the novel.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN NEED OF ACCOMMODATIONS, CONTACT THE LIBRARY AT 505-955-6788, FIVE (5) WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO MEETING DATE.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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