This year’s Lumies: Noche de las Artes celebration took place on September 16, 2016. It was a night to celebrate the arts in our region through live performances, food and drink from our downtown neighborhood restaurants, and community members showing their appreciation for the arts in our community.
For more than a decade, the Lumies Arts & Business Awards celebrated individuals, organizations, and businesses that make Tucson and Southern Arizona a wellspring of creative vitality.
This year, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona presented the Lumies in an entirely new light: Noche de las Artes. It was night to join people from throughout Southern Arizona to collectively acknowledge the arts and their impact in our region’s culture and heritage. Guests enjoyed performances from local artists and musicians while also learning about some of the positive changes to the arts and culture landscape in the coming year.
Click below to watch our feature video made especially for Lumies: Noche de las Artes, by The Arts Foundation’s own videographer, Cait Ni Siomon:
A big thank you to Laura K. Moore Photography (LKM Studios) for photographing Lumies: Noche de las Artes! Here is a preview of what the night looked like:
Click here to view the full gallery.
Mele Martinez’s natural movement style, even in childhood, made for a perfect fit with the raw spirit of flamenco. Raised in Tucson, Arizona she began studying dance at age three. In 1999, Mele began her training at the National Conservatory of Flamenco, under the direction of Joaquin Encinias and Omayra Amaya. She also studied with some of the world’s most important choreographers, including Israel Galvan, La Tati, and other commissioned artists from Spain.
In 2014, Mele was the recipient of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona’s New Works Grant. Despite humble beginnings in Tucson, Mele Martinez is now considered one of the most authentic flamenco performers in America and The Arts Foundation was honored to have had her perform at this year’s Lumies: Noche de las Artes.
Jim Colby has been playing and composing music in wide variety of contexts and locations for many years. Upon moving to Tucson four years ago, James joined the group Vox Urbana. In 2014, James and Enrique Castellanos of Vox Urbana were awarded a P.L.A.C.E. grant by The Arts Foundation for their project, “Cumbia Corridos.”
In 2015, Jim was awarded a New Works grant by The Arts Foundation for his project “Sonoura: Cuts on Tucson”, that he performed live at this year’s Lumies: Noche de las Artes. The project consists of collected field recordings from specific sites within the city of Tucson, and manipulating and arranging the samples to create musical compositions resulting in a “remixed” version of the city. Jim currently plays in Vox Urbana and the punk rock group New Doubt.
Tom Kiefer moved to a small southern Arizona town near the border in 2001. His first series was shot on film in black and white, titled “Journey West Exhibit” chronicling the landscape and structures connecting the cities of Phoenix, Tucson and Ajo. Fine-art prints from this project were exhibited in all three cities between January 2007 and 2010.
From July 2003 until August 2014, Kiefer was employed part-time as a janitor/landscaper at the U.S. Border Patrol facility in Why, Arizona and resigned last year to focus on producing the “El Sueno Americano” project. Last year Kiefer was included in LensCulture’s top 50 emerging photographers and PhotoLucida’s top 50 Critical Mass.
“The Lumies is the premiere ceremony that honors and celebrates the individuals and organizations that create and support the arts in Southern Arizona.”
– Debi Chess Mabie, Executive Director, The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Recognized artists, businesses, and arts organizations
Along with the artists featured above, The Arts Foundation also recognized some of the other people and places in our community who exemplify what it means to be a champion of the arts arts in Tucson and Southern Arizona. We want to thank each and every one of them, and we encourage our community to support their work in the coming year!
- Kathleen Allen, Arizona Daily Star – Caliente
- Etherton Gallery
- Tucson Jazz Festival, Jazz in January
- Ethel Lee Miller
- Carnival of Illusion
- Something Something Theatre Company
- Tucson Symphony Orchestra
- Linda Solomon, Pictures of Hope
- Tom Kiefer
Thank you to our sponsors!
- Southern Arizona Arts & Cutural Alliance (SAACA)
- Agustin Kitchen
- The Coronet
- Hub Restaurant & Creamery
- Reilly Craft Pizza
- Maynards Market & Kitchen
- Hotel Congress/Cup Cafe
- The Arizona Daily Star
- Zocalo Magazine
- KXCI Community Radio
- Santa Teresa Tile Works
- Nick Soloway
- Holualoa Companies
- Downtown Tucson Partnership
- The Arts Foundation Marketing & Communications Committee
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