Kudos from the community
Every year, the Santa Fe Community Foundation holds a special dinner to honor the winners of its Piñon Awards, which are given to outstanding nonprofit organizations and individual philanthropists who support the people of Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, and Taos counties. The 2014 ceremony takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
The arts leadership collaborative Creative Santa Fe receives the Courageous Innovation Award (which recognizes an organization finding new solutions to ongoing community problems) for its work in strengthening and sustaining the local economy by developing opportunities for young artists. Creative Santa Fe is spearheading the founding of Santa Fe Arts + Creativity Center, an affordable live-work space that will allow Santa Fe’s creative workforce to combine its skills in art projects and business ventures. SFPS Adelante receives the Quiet Inspiration Award (which recognizes an organization working quietly and respectfully with a large portion of the community) for helping homeless public-school students in Santa Fe succeed in their studies. The Tried & True Award goes to the Food Depot, a food bank serving nine Northern New Mexico counties, for offering consistently high-quality programming despite increased need and other external pressures. The Nature Conservancy takes the Visionary Award for anticipating the needs of future generations with its Río Grande Water Fund, which invests in the restoration of wildfire-damaged forests to ensure that clean water is available to communities downstream. The nonprofits were nominated by people in the community, then narrowed down to four from a pool of 22. Philanthropic Leadership Awards, chosen by the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s board of directors, go to longtime board member Ruth M. Ortega and to the Brindle Foundation, which supports the needs of infants and families.
Creative Santa Fe’s 2014 FANTASE Dome Fest