Story Maps Fellowship / 2019

Story Maps is a fellowship program that mentors local, emerging artists/creative practitioners of color in collaborative community engagement. Working with government and non-arts organizations, Story Maps Fellows are immersed in a focused curriculum over the course of 9 months. Fellows gather stories, create maps and visualize data, develop artworks and a collaborative community project. 


SFAI welcomes Hazel Batrezchavez, Scarlett Cortez, Ehren Kee Natay, and Sara Daniele Rivera as 2019 Story Maps Fellows!

The following individuals were awarded a Story Maps Fellowship based on their experiences with social and community engagement, their interest and passion for social change in Northern New Mexico, and their strong and committed creative practices.

 


Hazel Batrezchavez received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art and Anthropology from Grinnell College in 2017. Since then she has been a part of various group exhibitions and pop-up shows in the United States, specifically in California, New Mexico, Iowa, and most recently México City, and Michoacán, México. Batrezchavez is a recipient of the Center of Fine Arts, Dean’s Travel Grant Award, and of both the Lucile Lattanner Reid Brock and the Betty Sabo Scholarship. At the moment Batrezchavez is  doing research on migration, and immigration at the border in El Paso and Brownsville, Texas where she is preparing for performance. She currently resides, and teaches Introduction to Art Practices and Shop Foundations course while working towards her MFA in Sculpture at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

 

 


Dolores “Scarlett” Cortez is a Salvadoran, Mexican-American from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is currently studying Studio Art at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She works with a variety of media depending on what best represents her concepts, primarily photography and printmaking. Cortez is an advocate for Domestic Abuse awareness and Mental Health Education. Her work often deals with topics such as sexual assault, depression, and body image. After getting her BFA in Studio Arts, she plans on pursuing a Masters in Art Therapy.

 

 

 

 


Ehren Kee Natay is a multi-media artist from Santa Fe New Mexico and is a recognized member of the Navajo Nation. Ehren began playing percussion at the age of twelve and became a career professional by the age of nineteen. He toured and performed in venues in the Southwest and West-coast of the U.S. as he played drums for various groups in multiple genres. Meanwhile, Ehren dabbled as a self-taught painter. At the age 23 he decided to seek a new discipline in the field of art. He began studying silver-smithing, polychrome-pottery and 3-D fabrication at the Poeh Arts Institute at the Pueblo of Pojoaque. Now at the age of 33, Ehren has several of his visual works being preserved at two New Mexico Heritage Museums and at the Indian Arts Research Center. He has held exhibitions both nationally and internationally through galleries, museums, public installations, and site-specific theatrical performances. His current work further infuses his musical craft with visual aesthetics via live-performance. He continues to impact the youth as an arts educator in New Mexico public schools and among Native American communities across the nation.

 

 


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 won 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.

Story Maps is a fellowship program that mentors local, emerging artists/creative practitioners of color in collaborative community engagement. Working with government and non-arts organizations, Story Maps Fellows are immersed in a focused curriculum over the course of 9 months. Fellows gather stories, create maps and visualize data, develop artworks and a collaborative community project. 

 

 



2019 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.

Devin Baldwin, Workforce and Personnel Engagement Director, YouthWorks!
Jacqueline Beam, Planner, Office of Affordable Housing
Sylvia Johnson, Creative Director, Santa Fe Dreamers Project
Richard de Mella, Division Director, Youth and Family Services Division


2019 Story Maps Mentors

Jamie Figueroa (Afro-Taíno) is Boricua by way of Ohio and long time resident of northern New Mexico. She explores identity, familial relationships, place, culture, and ancestry. A two-time graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, (BFA and MFA in Creative Writing), she publishes across genres including fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her writing has appeared in Epoch, Catapult, McSweeney’s among other other journals and is forthcoming in American Short Fiction. Jamie’s collaborative community work facilitates an engagement with underrepresented voices and highlights intergenerational, multi-racial & multi-ethnic, gender & sexuality difference, and equity. Currently, in addition to serving as faculty in the MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts program at Goddard College, within the Indigenous/Decolonial Art focus, Jamie facilitates modern myth making for personal and collective restoration and healing.

Eliza Naranjo Morse grew up in Northern New Mexico.  Her work is often influenced by the people and histories around her, the personal, social and environmental happenings that she is aware of, and the cartoons and ways of playing she grew up with. Eliza holds two forms of art education; the information passed along to her through her Elders life experiences and creative intentions and an art degree from Skidmore College.

Eliza Naranjo Morse is thankful for her recent collaborators—Fung Collaboratives, the School for Advanced Research, the Coe Foundation for the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, the Poeh Cultural Center, the Kha’ Po’ Community School, and for her ongoing teammates of Always Becoming. Eliza is filled with deep appreciation for the creative expressions and simple practical tasks she participates in with her immediate and extended family.  These efforts may not be published but are highly nourishing and important aspects of her work as an artist.

Chrissie Orr was born in Scotland, a descendant of the Picts (the painted ones) She is an artist, animateur and creative investigator/troublemaker focused on developing “a relational aesthetic around community and site with issues relevant to both.” Orr has created innovative, challenging community based art projects in diverse areas of the world and is recognized internationally for her pioneering work. She is the recipient of the Santa Fe Mayors Award for Excellence in the Arts and she is a founder of the SeedBroadcast Collective. She is the cofounder of the Academy for the Love of Learning’s EL Otro Lado Project and the Institute for Living Story. She has kept a journal for more years than she can remember, their broken worn spines line her bookshelves and contain her secret memory lines. One day she might share these.

Edie Tsong is an artist/writer whose projects explore intimacy — how do “I” literally and metaphorically connect with “you”? How does this essential relationship build community? Her projects range from city-wide installation and programming (Snow Poems Project with Cut+Paste Society) to performances, drawing, sculpture, and facilitated conversations.


Please visit Story Maps 2018 to view the 2018 fellows and their projects, as well as participating mentors and hosts. 

The Story Maps Fellowship is supported by the Ford Foundation