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Creative Bravos honor 10 trailblazers in ABQ

Frank and Pilar Leto are being honored with the Legacy Bravos at the KiMo Theatre on Friday, Nov. 16.

Getting back to something good.

That’s what the Creative Bravos Awards are all about.

After a short hiatus, the event is back to honor the trailblazers in the arts community for the 30th time.bright spot

Hakim Bellamy, deputy director of the Cultural Services Department at the city of Albuquerque, said Dr. Shelle Sanchez began to resurrect the awards when she joined the Keller administration.

Bellamy said the program is about “holding up the best, brightest, most innovative, most impactful members of a particular community … while also helping those recognized … to have more widespread visibility for their work in other sectors.”

Bellamy said Mayor Tim Keller and first lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller, who chaired the Selection Committee, are dedicated to notion that the creative cultural sector is not ornamental to the overall economic and social well-being of a thriving community.

He said the focus of Creative Bravos (3.0) is a little different than the previous iterations with The Arts Alliance and Creative Albuquerque.

“This go around the focus is not simply on talent and artistic excellence, it is on impact,” he said. “Impact economically. Impact socially. Impact inspirationally. Impact creatively.”

This year’s winners were honored at a ceremony Friday night at the KiMo Theatre.

The recipients include:

Native Realities, a comic book store near Downtown Albuquerque owned and operated by Lee Francis, applies Native American and New Mexico values in a contemporary context.

Circo Latino, a four-week summer immersion program, offers youth the opportunity to learn physical circus skills.

Ebony Isis Booth, who is a poet, writer, cultural strategist, activist, performer and community organizer.

Kei & Molly Textiles opened in 2010 with the goal of creating good jobs in the community, especially for immigrants and refugees.

Ideum is a creative company focused on using emerging technologies to design public installations and products for meaningful visitor experiences.

Montgomery Shirley is the Emerging Bravos recipient and the three Youth Bravos honorees are Maggie Ramos-Mullane, Zavier Thompson, and Sarita Sol Gonzalez

Frank and Pilar Leto are the Legacy Bravos recipients. In August 1992, the couple relocated to Albuquerque and brought multicultural music and dance to the community with the Carnaval events.

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