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Join Bard College President Leon Botstein, PhD, and leaders of the Santa Fe creative community for this dynamic round table discussion. The event is moderated by Hakim Bellamy, Deputy Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Albuquerque. Dr. Botstein and a slate of special guests will examine innovative educational models, their impact on teachers and students, and their potential for generating solutions to complex modern-day challenges. This public event is part of a national gathering of Bardians in Santa Fe, hosted by form & concept. Gallery owner Sandy Zane is a Bard alumnus, along with represented artist Debra Baxter whose solo exhibition Tooth & Nail will be on view. Tea and other light refreshments will be served.
Leon Botstein has been president of Bard College since 1975, where he is also Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. He is chairman of the board of the Central European University and a board member of the Open Society Foundations. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He is coartistic director of the SummerScape and Bard Music Festivals at Bard College, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he served as music director from 2003 to 2010. Forthcoming publications: a sequel to his Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture (1997); an anthology of essays for the Bard Music Festival; the 2011 Tanner Lectures on The History of Listening from Oxford University Press; anthology of essays in German from Szolnay Verlag in Vienna, 2013. Other published works: The Compleat Brahms (ed. 1999); Jews and the City of Vienna, 1870–1938 (ed. 2004); Judentum und Modernität: Essays zur Rolle der Juden in der Deutschen und Österreichischen Kultur, 1848–1938 (1991; Russian edition 2003). Editor, The Musical Quarterly. Honors include the National Arts Club Gold Medal; the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences; the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art; the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award; American Philosophical Society in 2010; Longy Conservatory’s Leonard Bernstein Award, 2012.
Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2012-2014) and an award-winning author, actor, musician public speaker, television host and educator. During his two year tenure as Poet Laureate he delivered over 200 performances, workshops and presentations. Bellamy is currently the Deputy Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Albuquerque.
As Director of the New Mexico Museum of Art, Mary Kershaw has raised the profile and broadened the audience for the museum through a community-wide 100th birthday celebration, as well as a newly imagined exhibition and events program and strategic partnerships locally and internationally. Drawing on national and international connections, exhibitions such as the current ‘Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now’ ; ‘Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain’ ; ‘First Folio! The Book that Brought us Shakespeare’ ; and ‘Medieval to Metal: the Art and Evolution of the Guitar’ have brought rare works by international masters to audiences in Santa Fe. Coming to New Mexico marked a return to the United States after more than 28 years working in the UK, most recently as Director of Collections for York Museums Trust and Head of Museums and Arts for Harrogate Borough Council. She served on the Board of the Museums Association and on national working groups including assessment for Museum Accreditation and advisory panels to the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Mary has participated in international cultural initiatives including the USA, UK, Isle of Mann, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. Mary has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at Penn. Her Master’s Degree is in Medieval Archaeology from University College London. Mary completed the Getty Leadership Institute program for museum executives in 2014, and was named a Fellow of the Museums Association in the UK recognizing outstanding leaders in the museum field. Mary has also worked as production on short independent films in the UK and New Mexico and has her own IMDb page.
John Flax is the founding artistic director of Theater Grottesco. Formed in Paris in 1983, the Grottesco artists create plays collectively, crashing classical theatrical styles into modern form juxtaposed with a poetic research of culture and imagination. The plays are physically rigorous, often abstract experiences that can be ambiguous, disconcerting, humorous and beautiful. Nothing about a Theater Grottesco play is typical of traditional American theater. Grottesco has created 14 full length pieces and over 40 shorter works, and been awarded a dozen National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Rockefeller MAP fund grant, and 3 grants from the Duke and Mellon Foundations. Grottesco is currently one of six New England Foundation for the Art’s National Theatre Project recipients. Outside of Grottesco, Flax has worked with the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and Paris, The Paris Circus, London’s Theatre Complicite and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Choreographer Della Davidson, the Sundance Playwriting Laboratory, the Out of Context Orchestra and the Sevda Balkan Choir. Flax has translated works from French into English, including Jacques Lecoq’s celebrated Lecture-Demonstration “Tout Bouge (Everything Moves)”. He has taught at theaters and colleges internationally and across the country including 8 years as a National Endowment for the Arts artist-in-the-schools. Flax is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he also studied with Phillipe Gaulier. He studied voice with Arthur Lessac, holds a BA in Environmental Education from Prescott College and All But Dissertation for a Doctorate of Education in Anthropology and Philosophy from the University of Northern Colorado. At the age of 12, Flax was a Minnesota state judo champion. In 1975, he led a 2,000 mile kayaking expedition across Canada.
Cindy Montoya is the President of New Mexico School for the Arts, and has worked in education and charter school development for over 20 years. She has worked closely with students as the institution’s Library Media Specialist, Principal, and Head of School. Montoya has spearheaded professional development and student-centered educational programs that helped secure NMSA’s designation as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2016.