We have a passion for working with non-profit organizations and helping them flourish. One of the non-profits that I have been working with since 2017 is the New Mexico Book Association (NMBA). NMBA aims to bring together enthusiastic people who enjoy writing or producing books. The NMBA was founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(6) organization and soon became a pioneer among statewide book publishing groups.
We have do a wide range of work with the NMBA, ranging from managing their finances and membership, to planning and organizing events and workshops. We manage their website, where we make sure there is always useful and current information for their members. Along with this, each month we invite the members to send us news and information on their upcoming events that we compile into a newsletter and send out to all members.
The newsletters are a great way to keep members engaged and update them on the information from the most recent networking lunch meeting.
This year we helped plan the 25th Anniversary Gala hosted at the Wonder Institute, which brought together members who have been in the association from the start with even the newest members. It can sometimes be a challenge to coordinate all the moving parts that go into an event, but it is always rewarding to see it all come together. 60 members gathered and enjoyed an evening that honored winners of the Southwest Book Design Awards.
EntreFlamenco is a Flamenco dance company that officially claimed Santa Fe as their home a couple years ago with their new space near the plaza (El Flamenco), but they've been performing seasonally in Santa Fe since 2011. I've been happy to support them from day one. My friends and world class flamenco dancers Antonio Granjero and Stephanie Ramirez direct the company and present shows year-round. They both performed with Maria Benitez when she was touring the world and maintaining a summer season at The Lodge. For years, Artotems Co. (form er company)was happy to support them with video, photography and donations, but recently, I joined the board board of directors for their non-profit 'Spanish Danzart Society', deepening our support.
I collaborated with EntreFlamenco to help them design a program book for their 2019-2020 season. We kept the flow of the pages very similar to their programs from previous seasons and focused on making sure the layout of each page was aesthetically pleasing, while keeping all important information clear and readable. We were inspired by a photo of Stephanie, where she is striking a strong pose in a red dress. We used this photo as the cover and made the theme of the entire program to match. We played with design elements like black and white photos with color overlays so that text could be read more easily on top.
We are getting ready to set up e-blast emails and a periodic newsletter to be sent out to better reach their constituency. In the newsletters we might include recent performance photos, and mention their upcoming guest performers. EntreFlamenco also hosts workshops and gives free dance classes for local youth, so the eblasts could be a useful tool to get that information out to more people.
Looking forward to many more years of supporting great artists through creative work with EntreFlamenco.
Our clients at the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association (SFYSA) had their big event of the year this month. SFYSA’s 25th Anniversary Celebration benefit concert, with the theme Silverscreen: Music for Everyone, was a smashing success. Not only did SFYSA’s event fill the Lensic for a night of family fun with movie score classics performed by the Santa Fe Youth Symphony and additional performances by renowned local artists Nacha Mendez and Jono Manson, but it also raised awareness of and $25K for the organization.
Our services also included managing the production of the concert program and making sure the multimedia images and videos to be projected during the event were completed and ready for showtime.
We especially enjoyed helping to put together these 25th Anniversary videos that played throughout the concert and will also be used to promote each of the youth symphony’s programs. We were intimately involved with the process, from conducting interviews to adding the finishing touches while working with a videographer-editor to deliver the final product.