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Current Issue: March 3, 2003
Volume 38, Number 15

Dance faculty, NAS professor to be honored at Bravos Awards

UNM dance faculty and Associate Professor of Native American Studies Lee Francis will be honored at the 19th Annual Bravos Awards dinner, sponsored by the Arts Alliance, on Saturday, April 5, at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque.

Several UNM dance faculty will be noted for Excellence in Dance. The winning performance “Reflections and Beginnings,” was conceived and directed by Dance Professor Bill Evans, who is approaching retirement. The performance featured a retrospective of Evans’ choreography and included new works by Evans, Rujeko Dembutshena and Eva Encinias-Sandoval, who won the 2001 award.

Lee Francis, Ph.D., will be hailed for Excellence in Literary Arts. Francis is “a gifted writer and educator who inspires his students to write creatively, brilliantly and soulfully,” wrote his nominator.

Francis' first book of poetry “On the Good Red Interstate: Truckstop Tellings and Other Poems” was published in fall 2002. He is founder and national director of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers with participants from 135 sovereign, indigenous nations and tribes around the world. He is a member of the Laguna Pueblo Education Foundation, where he is developing curriculum for the Pueblo of Laguna culture course to be taught in the high school.

The winners were selected by a committee of professional peers. The Arts Alliance celebrates, supports, strengthens and promotes arts creators in music, theater, visual and literary arts. Achievement is realized through advocacy and service efforts and the implementation of the Cultural Plan for Albuquerque.

For information, call Cricket Appel, 268-1902.