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▼ Matt Dono­van, a fac­ulty mem­ber in thet cre­ative writ­ing and lit­er­a­ture depart­ment at Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Cre­ative Cap­i­tal, a New York-based artist sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tion, to help fund the cre­ation of a mul­ti­me­dia cham­ber “is­sue” opera about vi­o­lence and Amer­i­can gun cul­ture called In­her­i­tance. It is a col­lab­o­ra­tive work with vis­ual artist Ligia Bou­ton, a Santa Fe res­i­dent and as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of art and art his­tory at the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico, and com­poser Lei Liang. Dono­van is writ­ing the li­bretto for the story that is an­chored in the life and legacy of Sarah Winch­ester, heir to the gun-man­u­fac­tur­ing for­tune, and Bou­ton is in charge of cos­tumes, stag­ing, and pro­duc­tion vi­su­als. Winch­ester lived in a labyrinthine man­sion (pic­tured above) that Dono­van is in­ter­pret­ing as a metaphor for the United States’ re­la­tion­ship to guns. Dono­van is the au­thor of two books of po­etry, Vel­lum (Mariner, 2007), and Ten Burnt Lakes (Tu­pelo Press, 2017), and a book of lyric es­says, A Cloud of Un­usual Size and Shape: Med­i­ta­tions on Ruin and Re­demp­tion (Trin­ity Univer­sity Press, April 2016). His work has ap­peared in nu­mer­ous jour­nals and he is the re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral grants and awards, in­clud­ing a Lit­er­a­ture Fel­low­ship from the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts and a Lan­nan Writ­ing Res­i­dency Fel­low­ship. The group’s ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion for In­her­i­tance was se­lected for full pro­posal by cu­ra­tors and art pro­fes­sion­als from among 2,500 ap­pli­cants. Af­ter a com­pet­i­tive process of panel re­view, 46 projects were ul­ti­mately funded by Cre­ative Cap­i­tal.

▼ The South­west As­so­ci­a­tion for In­dian Arts (SWAIA), the or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­duces Santa Fe In­dian Mar­ket, has ap­pointed its ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and board mem­bers for 2016. El­iz­a­beth Pet­tus, the new board chair, pre­vi­ously served as trea­surer of the SWAIA board, and she is also on the board of the Santa Fe Down­town Mer­chants’ As­so­ci­a­tion. Lloyd Skip Sayer, chief of sales and mar­ket­ing at La­guna De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, was named trea­surer, and Do­minique Toya ( Je­mez Pue­blo) is the board sec­re­tary. Roger Fragua ( Je­mez Pue­blo) re­mains vice chair of the board; Rosalie Chavez (Navajo) and An­drew Masiel (Pechanga Band) were in­ducted as new mem­bers. SWAIA has also hired a new pub­lic re­la­tions and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, Amanda Crocker. Crocker, a na­tive New Mex­i­can, worked for 11 years as di­rec­tor of pro­grams and mar­ket­ing at El Ran­cho de las Golon­dri­nas Liv­ing His­tory Mu­seum.

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