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Wise Fool New Mexico has received a $30,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts for circus arts training and performances.
The award was part of $84 million in NEA grants across the country, including $1,007,000 for 12 organizations in New Mexico.
“Wise Fool believes that the circus arts are more important now than ever,” Wise Fool Co-executive Director Kristen Woods said. “We have seen over quarantine that the arts have played a pivotal role in making life enjoyable and sustainable. Circus connects us, brings a spark to life, and helps us work through feelings and heal. As we are able to practice together, we are excited to share the benefits of circus with our community.”
SITE Santa Fe also received an Art Works award of $20,000 for a major retrospective exhibition of work by Brazilian artist Regina Silveira. Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the exhibition has been postponed, and it is now scheduled to open in the fall of 2021 and extend through the spring of 2022.
Other local recipients included the Museum of International Folk Art and Santa Fe Pro Musica.
Wise Fool's studio is currently closed but they are offering online circus arts classes. For more information, visit wisefoolnewmexico.org.
By Kristen Cox Roby. Courtesy photo.