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Moving Arts Española Gala Draws Mayors; Lab Officials

on February 12, 2019 - 9:18am

Welcoming 80 guests to the annual Moving Arts Española fundraising gala are Executive/School Director and Co-founder Salvador Ruiz-Esquivel, right, and his partner Artistic Director/Co-founder Roger Montoya Feb. 2 at Los Luceros Ranch north of Española near the village of Alcalde. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The gala was a joyful event attended by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, center, and Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey, third from left, who introduced Mason to educators including Española Superintendent of Schools Bobbie Gutierrez, left, and David Montoya. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and his wife Frances Diemoz attend the gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, LANL Deputy Director Science, Technology, and Engineering John Sarrao, Phillip Maestas and his partner Española Mayor Javier Sánchez, LANL Director Thom Mason, his wife Jennifer Mason and United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Mary Beth Maassen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Moving Arts Española Board members and advisors are recognized at the gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

About Moving Arts Española:

Moving Arts Española provides high quality, affordable performing and visual arts education and free nutritional and academic support for children and youth ages 3-18. 

The programs promote the creative, physical, academic, social and emotional health and wellbeing of children and youth from the Española Valley and surrounding communities of Northern New Mexico.

Moving Arts Española Goals:

  • To improve the educational and nutritional trajectories of at-risk children ages 3 to 18 in Northern New Mexico's Española Valley and the surrounding rural villages and communities.
  • To provide a safe and nurturing community-based environment for youth, children and families during high risk after school and out of school hours.
  • To ensure that all children, regardless of income, have equal access to high quality performing and visual arts instruction and free access to the healthy food and academic support they require to build successful lives.
  • To provide young visual and performing artists with multiple opportunities for public performance, exhibition, and advancement to paraprofessional training in the visual and performing arts.
  • To provide youth and teens with paid employment and opportunities to develop leadership skills, life skills, and vocational skills.
  • To promote local economic growth by employing professional teaching artists and sourcing healthy produce from local farmers.

For more information about Moving Arts Española, call 505.577.6629 or visit the organization at 368 Eagle Dr. in Ohkay Owingeh, north of Ohkay Casino & Travel Center.

Jennifer Mason chats with Moving Arts Española Board President Dr. Steve Cox at the gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Roger Montoya, left, chats with Indian Market Director Paul Rainbird. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Roger Montoya’s sister Victoria Lopez and his mother Dorotea Montoya whom he honored at the gala, Santa Fe City Councilor Renee Villareal and Elaine Sullivan. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Moving Arts Española Board President Dr. Steve Cox speaks at the gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Moving Arts Española Advisor Mathew Martinez speaks at the gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey speaks at the gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Mina Fajardo, Jose Valle ‘Chuscales’ and Sveta Backhaus perform at the gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dancers Mina Fajardo, left, and Sveta Backhaus perform. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Meow Wolf Community Outreach Director and film maker Jody McNicholas speaks at the gala about the Meow Wolf Community Voices film project and the 16-minute video her team created about Moving Arts Española. Watch the video here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Meow Wolf creative team. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Moving Arts Española video created by Meow Wolf. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Moving Arts Española video created by Meow Wolf. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Moving Arts Española video created by Meow Wolf. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Roger Montoya introduces student Malaya Peixinho who performed a dramatic piece at the Moving Arts Española gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Former students and now instructors Cristian Madrid, left, and Aaron Martinez address the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Aaron Martinez holds up a painting as auctioneer Mark Johnson gets the crowd bidding during the live auction portion of the Moving Arts Española gala fundraiser. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Roger Montoya describes a quilt offered during the live auction portion of the Moving Arts Española gala fundraiser. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Roger Montoya chats with LANL Foundation Chief Executive Officer Jenny Parks at the gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Moving Arts Española gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Moving Arts Española gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Moving Arts Española gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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