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SF artist selected as Kennedy Center fellow

SANTA FE – A Santa Fe artist has been selected for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ latest round of Citizen Artist Fellows.

Oral historian and documentarian Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz of Santa Fe is among eight artists selected for a Kennedy Center fellowship.

Oral historian and documentarian Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz of Santa Fe is among eight artists selected for a Kennedy Center fellowship.

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, a local oral historian and documentarian, was one of eight artists selected from across the U.S., according to an announcement from the D.C.-based arts organization.

bright spotTho-Biaz founded the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, was a teaching artist for Santa Fe County’s “Voces de Libertad” youth poetry program and served as documentarian-in-residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

The 2019-2020 Kennedy Center fellowship begins April 29.

According to the announcement, the national fellow program selects artists “who use their artistic practice to create positive social impact” and helps them bring their causes to a national platform.

“They (the fellows) work in multiple art forms and come from communities both large and small, but our Citizen Artists all use the arts as a powerful tool for change,” Mario Rossero, the center’s senior vice president of education, said in a news release.

“The Kennedy Center is honored to play a role in uplifting these artists, as well as advancing their collective impact as a cohort. Our intention is that this Recognition Program takes Citizen Artist Fellows on a journey of investigation, activation, and participation.”

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