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Tilt Podcast / Episode 9

Creative Rituals

How do artists use rituals as deeply personal gestures to inform and enrich their creative practice, and to connect to larger communities, identities, and places? Our guests, Sara Daniele Rivera and Tintawi Kaigziabiher, share ways in which art can offer meaningful experiences of healing, both on the individual and collective planes.

Launch Date

September 24
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Podcast Guests

Sara Daniele Rivera

Sara Daniele Rivera is a Cuban/Peruvian artist, writer, translator, and educator from Albuquerque. Her poetry and fiction have been published in literary journals and anthologies. She was awarded a 2017 St. Botolph’s Emerging Artist Award and a 2019 SFAI Story Maps Fellowship. Rivera is a recipient of the 2018 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry. Her drawings, sculptures, and community-based installations focus on text-in-space as social intervention, and her public art projects are often developed in collaboration with youth.

Tintawi Kaigziabiher

Tintawi Kaigziabiher is an interdisciplinary artist, doula, reiki master, writer, and a mother. She is a multicultural African woman with ancestry linked to Africa, Australia, Europe, and what is now known as the United States of America. Kaigziabiher creates to give a voice to the African experience in the diaspora. She is the non-fiction editor for the Santa Fe Literary Review, a member of Earthseed Black Arts Alliance, and an artist with Vital Spaces. She has published work in newspapers, literary journals, and magazines. She released her third book, “We Speak” in 2020. Kaigziabiher is married to a scientist and together they live in the high desert of New Mexico with their 5 children and a host of pets.

Podcast Hosts

Toni Gentilli, SFAI Residency Director

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Favorite Season: Monsoon
Mountain, Desert, Forest, or River? A forest along a river in the desert at the foot of a mountain
Regular Watering Hole: Sister Bar
Red or Green? Christmas!

Kourtney Andar, SFAI Works Manager

Hometown: Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Season: Autumn
Mountain, Desert, Forest, or River? Forest
Regular Watering Hole: Violet Crown
Red or Green? Definitely red.

Nuttaphol Ma, SFAI Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Hometown: Pecos, NM
Favorite Season: Flip flop season
Mountain, Desert, Forest, or River? Mountain
Regular Watering Hole: Second Street Brewery
Red or Green? Whatever is hottest.