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Creative Bravos Awards

Information about the Creative Bravos Awards

Creative Bravos Awards

The City of Albuquerque Creative Bravos Awards are dedicated to recognizing and honoring work that makes a significant impact on the lives of residents, neighborhoods, and/or communities. The awards are given annually to individual artists, teams, events, programs, organizations and businesses that celebrate the breadth of creative work that exists in the city.

Each year 6-10 awards will be given at a celebration in November. One or more awards will be awarded to youth applicants as well as emerging practitioners of any age. Nomination applications are closed. 

The selection committee has chosen five winners of the revived Creative Bravos Awards. A ceremony to honor this year's recipients will be at the KiMo Theatre on Friday, November 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and available at kimotickets.com

The 2018 Creative Bravos Awards winners are: 

Native RealitiesNative Realities, a comic book store near downtown Albuquerque owned and operated by Lee Francis, applies Native American and New Mexico values in a contemporary context. Native Realities strives to offer the most original and authentic representations of Native and Indigenous people through stories that educate and entertain children, youth, and adults. Francis creatively uses comic books and video games to inspire Native American youth through his IndigiPop workshops where students experience programming and storytelling by creating their own video games. 

Circo Latino, a four-week summer immersion program, offers youth in Albuquerque the opportunity to learn physical circus skills such as acrobatics, aerial performance, juggling, and uni-cycling. The program facilitates social-emotional skills of collaboration, conflict resolution, creative expression, and risk taking, Circo Latino, now in its tenth year, is one of three Summer Institute programs at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Circo Latino works with students ages 7-13 and has mentorship component for students ages 14-18. 

Ebony BoothEbony Isis Booth is a poet, writer, cultural strategist, activist, performer and community organizer. In 2015, she founded Burque Noir, a multimedia showcase for visual and performing artists who are Africa American in Albuquerque. Burque Noir hosts an annual High Tea on the Bosque, activating Bernalillo County's Bachechi Open Space for new communities while highlighting performing, visual, and culinary artists who are African American. In 2018, she launched Honeysuckle Creatives, a consultancy specializing in creative engagement strategies, project management, and event design with people of color in mind.

Kei & Molly TextilesKei & Molly Textiles opened in 2010 with the goal of creating good jobs in the community, especially for immigrants and refugees. Originally located in the International District, owners Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi founded Kei & Molly Textiles both to create a printing studio producing artisan-quality fabric goods and to stimulate economic growth in their neighborhood. Since opening, close to two dozen employees have come through their doors, each gaining work training and life skills that are transferable to any job. Kei and Molly believe that through art, "we can tell various stories, and often use our design work to reflect the rich diversity we find in New Mexico." 

IdeumIdeum is a creative company focused on using emerging technologies to design public installations and products that lead to meaningful visitor experiences. For the past decade, Ideum has designed and built for museums and other demanding spaces. Ideum focuses on the visitor as they use immersive digital tools like touch tables, video walls, projection mapping, and other technologies to tell stories of substance. Ideum has explored art, science, technology, and cultural topics in the exhibits they have developed. Founded Jim Spadaccini, Ideum is the largest employer in Corrales. 

The selection committee, chaired by First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller:

  • Karen Jones Meadows (NM African American Artists Guild & NM Office of African American Affairs) 
  • Dafina McMillan (Cruz & Theatre Communications Group NYC)
  • Jaclyn Roessel (San Diego Museum of Man Director of Decolonizing Initiatives Grown Up Navajo)
  • Tania Armenta (Visit ABQ & U.S. Travel Associations's Destinations Council)
  • Lizbeth Miscles (Mellon Mayes Art History Undergraduate Fellow at UNM & Working Classroom)
  • Reed Bobroff (Indigenous Performing Arts Program at Yale University & Albuquerque Youth Poetry Slam Team)
  • Charles Ashley III (Cultivating Coders & Obama Foundation Summit)
  • Tanesia Hale Jones (Poet/Designer & Escuela del Sol Montessori School)  

The Creative Bravos organizing committee members: Gabrielle Uballez, Val Martinez, Julia Mandeville, Agnetha Gloshay, Jen Mulliniks, Hakim Bellamy and Eric Werner.

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