Story Maps is a fellowship program that mentors young, local, creative leaders of color in community engagement.
Funded in part by The Ford Foundation, this 2018 program ran from February – November, 2018. Working with government and non-arts organizations, selected Story Maps Fellows gathered stories, created maps, and realized artworks over a ten-month fellowship term.
This “mapping” of Santa Fe culminated into an annual, theme-based, community project exhibited at SFAI November 30—December 21, 2018.
You can get a first-hand introduction to these projects from the Fellows themselves by clicking on this link.
2018 Story Maps Fellows
Story Maps Fellowships have been awarded to four, local, young, emerging creatives of color who wish to use their creativity towards solving complex social challenges.
Heidi Brandow is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is commonly filled with whimsical characters and monsters that are often combined with words of poetry, stories, andpersonal reflections. She hails from a long line of Native Hawaiian singers, musicians and performers on her mother’s side and Diné storytellers and medicine people on her father’s side. Heidi is a graduate of IAIA and studied design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mya Green is a storyteller and memory keeper, journalist and poet. As a Black American woman originally hailing from the Southeastern United States, Mya has a keen understanding of disparity in underserved communities. Most recently, she served as the Social Justice and Media Fellow at KSFR Public Radio in Santa Fe, reporting on the nuanced truths often overlooked by mainstream media. Mya graduated from Sarah Lawrence College (M.F.A., B.A.), and has multiple certifications, including Ethically Conducting Primary Research from the National Institute of Health.
Terran Last Gun (b. 1989, Browning, Montana), is a Piikani (Blackfeet) citizen and visual artist working in printmaking, photography, and most recently, murals. His work often explores color, form, and memory, all while reflecting Piikani visual aesthetics and philosophy. Last Gun graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in 2016 with a BFA in Museum Studies and AFA in Studio Arts. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Yvette Serrano is a first generation Chicana utilizing graphic design, video, and publishing to examine complex narratives around identity and the signifiers that exist within cultures/subcultures. Yvette was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is a graduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She writes, “Being born and raised here, I am aware of the issues facing our community and hope to reconcile my practice with social change.” Recent work includes internship and volunteer positions at Cisneros Design, Radius Books, and the Press of the Palace of the Governors.
2018 Story Maps Hosts
Story Maps gives participating City of Santa Fe departments opportunities to expand their impact by telling their stories and deepening their direct engagement with citizens and neighborhoods.
Matt Brown, Director, Office of Economic Development,
Andrés Mercado, Officer, Mobile Integrated Health Office (MIHO), Fire Department
Jacqueline Beam, Planner, Office of Affordable Housing
Richard Thompson, Director, Parks Division
2018 Story Maps Mentors
Story Maps mentors gain opportunities to enlarge their networks, and provide valuable, individualized feedback and guidance to emerging creatives of color.
Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multi-disciplinary artist of Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Lakota descent. His work communicates stories of complex Indigenous identities coming up against 21st century challenges, including violence, capitalism and misconceptions. Using social collaboration, monumental sculpture, land response, ceramic, video, sound, fiber, steel, paper, and performance, Luger provokes diverse publics to engage with Indigenous peoples and values apart from the lens of colonial social structuring. He combines critical cultural analysis with dedication and respect for the diverse materials, environments, and communities he engages.
Nuttaphol Ma creates narratives about migration and survival. Moving with sound awareness, and taking notes of the mundane, he connects seemingly disconnected patterns and sequences of unfolding everyday moments and dreams, consciousness and memories, to compose stories about the dreams of leaving and dreams of roots, to re-tell empowering stories of becoming. has participated in exhibition spaces including: Canadian Museum of Immigration, The LA Municipal Art Gallery, Human Resources, High Desert Test Sites, Lokkus Arte Contemporaneo and The Santa Fe Art Institute. Ma is a recipient of the following fellowships and residencies: UCLA Confucius Institute and UCLA Boethius Institute Dunhuang Projected Fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute Alumni Fellowship, California Community Foundation Fellowship, The Feitelson Art Fellowship, Pitzer College Emerging Artist Fellow, 18th Street Art Center Artist Fellow and The Mountain School Art Residency.
Chrissie Orr was born in Scotland, a descendant of the Picts, (the painted ones) She is an artist, animateur and a beautiful trouble-maker who focuses on developing “an aesthetic around community and site with issues relevant to both.” Orr has created innovative community based generative art projects in Australia, Iran, Turkey, Europe, Mexico and the U.S. She was the founder of the nationally acclaimed Teen Project in Santa Fe, New Mexico, receiving recognition from Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts and is recognized for her innovative work on the Mexican/American border. In the year 2000 Orr completed a nine-month residency in Georgia as part of the Artists and Communities for the Millennium Project. In 2006 she was the artist in residence at Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana, California. Her work has been exhibited internationally. She is a recipient of the Santa Fe, 2009 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. She was instrumental in the development of the Earth Based Vocational Course at Ecoversity and is presently the director of the El Otro Lado: the Other side project, a faculty member of the Academy for the Love of Learning in New Mexico, cofounder of SeedBroadcast and is completing the installation of artwork in the St Francis Drive Underpass in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Edie Tsong is an artist and a writer. Her work is an exploration of intimacy. In it, her questioning—what and how are the ways in which we connect and permeate boundaries with each other and with place—is made visible. These projects take the form of drawing, sculpture, radical bookmaking, installation, performance, and socially-engaged projects. From the experience of growing up Taiwanese-American in Central Pennsylvania, she cultivates identity from a place of interaction and introspection. Tsong’s collaborative projects include forget your perfect offering, CCA (Sydney Cooper and others), and Love Letter to the World, Paseo Festival (Michael Lorenzo Lopez and others). She was the founding director of the Cut+Paste Society (2010-2015) and Santa Fe’s city-wide project, Snow Poems.
Story Maps Anticipated Outcomes Include:
• Enlisting marginalized artists to help build a community platform for critical dialogue and creative collaboration;
• Providing leadership training and mentorship to young people in the creative sector;
• Partnering with the City of Santa Fe on cultural initiatives that have the capacity to tackle inequality through meaningful, creative, community based actions, events, and interventions;
• Creating a central hub at SFAI as a center for communications, mapping, and community stories; and
• Telling individual and community stories in such a way as to inspire and mobilize collective action and stronger enterprises in Santa Fe.
The Story Maps Fellowship is supported by the Ford Foundation