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SWAIA Newsletter - May 2013

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From the desk of the Chief Operating Officer

Hello Friends,

The warm weather has finally arrived in Santa Fe and we're reminded every day just how soon Santa Fe Indian Market 2013 will be here. In just a few weeks our seasonal staff will join us and our office will triple in size!

We've had a great month. Indian Market preparations are going smoothly and programming is underway. Our first SWAIA 360 event: A Talk with Alex Peña, had a fantastic turnout. Alex talked about his work, his process and what being considered a contemporary artist means to him. Click here to watch video of the event.

SWAIA's Annual Membership Meeting took place earlier this month. Thank you to everyone who joined us to share great food and conversation. It's always a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet with our members, discuss what is happening at SWAIA and exchange ideas.

Right now, we are putting the finishing touches on the 2013 Indian Market magazine. SWAIA and Native Peoples ventured out to Tucumcari, NM to shoot two special covers for the magazine. We are excited to have captured some very beautiful and fun shots. The content and images for this year's magazine are fantastic and we look forward to sharing them with you. Artists and business owners, there is still time to advertise in this year's Indian Market magazine. Call Lynn Francis at 888/262-8483 ext. 121.

We are proud to announce this year's honorees for SWAIA's annual Honoring Ceremony. 101 year old Comanche artist, Mrs. Josephine Myers-Wapp will be receiving SWAIA's Pov'ika award to recognize her lifelong service, leadership and support of Native artists and communities. Santo Domingo potter Crucita Melchor and Navajo jeweler Herbert Taylor (deceased) will be the recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards in recognition of their excellence in artistry and their significant contributions to the Native American art world. The ceremony, which will take place on June 27th at the Hilton of Santa Fe, is open to the public. Please join us for this special event. Tickets are $25.00/person. Call Marina Ybarra or Sharon Lopez at 505-983-5220 for ticket information.

Nativo Lodge, a Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. hotel and SWAIA, have commissioned four artists to transform guest rooms into works of art. This bold artist room project is the first of its kind in New Mexico. Acclaimed SWAIA artists Heidi Brandow, Nani Chacon, Rhett Lynch and Ehren Kee Natay will kick off the Artist Room project. The unveiling will take place on May 10th from 7pm-10pm at Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque. The event which includes a gallery show, music and refreshments is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us! Click here to see the progress on the rooms.

As we move into spring and summer, we will be adding more events to our calendar. Please check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for SWAIA news and event information. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

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John Torres-Nez, COO

A message from the Development and Membership Director

Greetings SWAIA supporters! Have you checked your calendar recently? It's only 3 short months until the 92nd Indian Market week kicks off. The SWAIA staff has been busily planning and getting prepared for all of the extraordinary events we'll be presenting for you this year.

SWAIA members, if you have not yet thought about renewing your membership, now is the time to act. In the next few weeks we will be starting to send out your General and Sneak Preview tickets. As a member, you are also offered new discounts from some of our hotel partners and local business partners.

SWAIA's biggest fundraising event of the year, the Annual Auction/Gala is also looking to be just as amazing as last year's event. Tickets and Tables are selling quickly, so don't wait - get your seat for this event today!

Also, please always keep in mind that Indian Market week is not about SWAIA, but those who make SWAIA a world renowned destination place for Santa Fe - our Native American artists. Santa Fe Indian Market is the culmination of our year round programs targeted at fulfilling our mission of "Bringing Native Arts to the World by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education and creating meaningful partnerships." Please help us to continue inspiring and building the Artist Awards Program to greater levels by sending in a donation for these Awards today. If you need any further information, please call me at (505) 983-5220, ext 223. Happy start of spring to all - it sure feels great, doesn't it? Hope to see you in August.

Warm Wishes,

From the desk of the Volunteer Coordinator

Santa Fe Indian Market WeekTM is a truly spectacular event that draws over 150,000 visitors to Santa Fe every August. SWAIA is grateful for the 700+ dedicated volunteers who help to make it all happen.

Many hours of work go in to producing an event of this scale. Here at SWAIA, we are on schedule with our planning, but as you can imagine, there is still much to be done. We would love for you to join us in our effort to make the 92nd annual Indian Market the best we've ever produced.

Being a volunteer at SWAIA is an exciting and fun opportunity. You will gain first hand knowledge of Indian Market logistics and may have the chance to participate in art previews and exclusive events.

Volunteer positions are available from Monday, August 12th through Sunday, August 18th. We're looking for volunteers for every aspect of Indian Market WeekTM from Judging to Artist Services to the Native American Clothing Contest.

Please contact me at 505.983.5220 so that we can assign your preferred position. I look forward to working with you!

Thank you,
Mary Grayson

Header art: Nanibah Chacon for Nativo Lodge