What the heart wants
Valentine’s Day can be a time to shower your beloved with expensive gifts — or it can be a time to connect to heartcentered themes of love and understanding. One event this week invites audience members to receive these ideas as considered by writers, while another asks participants to create their own narratives.
At Listen to the H(ear)t, Institute for American Indian Arts undergraduate creative-writing students join faculty members for a reading of poetry and prose in celebration of February, the month of love. The event, which is free, is from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (108 Cathedral Place). The MoCNA museum store will hold Valentine-inspired activities in coordination with the reading. For more information, visit iaia.edu.
The Center for Contemporary Arts (1050 Old Pecos Trail) holds Story Circle from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with artist and performer Dierdre Morris, held in conjunction with the CCA exhibition Ciel Bergman: The Linens. Morris is a trained facilitator for Story Circle, a platform created by the writer and social activist Arlene Goldbard, with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, through which citizens can reflect on the state of the union. Morris uses this project as a jumping-off point for the CCA event. Participants will develop short works with facilitators that are inspired by thematic prompts — including tenderness, empathy, ferocity, celebration, feminine forces, and love — that resonate with the themes of the Bergman show. The stories become the basis for a movement-based art event to take place at CCA in March. Admission to Story Circle is $5. For more information, visit ccasantafe.org. — Jennifer Levin