Stretched and sand-filled nylon pantyhose, smooth seed pods, Jacquard punch cards, and powdered tempera: these are just a few items that Senga Nengudi has used in her work to defy spatial and racial boundaries since the 1970’s. She has blended the art of performance, dance, sculpture and installation to bring her work to life and encourage viewers to see everyday objects in a new light. Inspired by the world around her, Senga’s art touches on themes such as body image, racial identity, technology, rituality, and labor politics, to name a few.
Community Service in the Arts Award
Anthony J. Garcia
With a formidable sense of humor and extensive knowledge of Chicano/Latinx history, Denver native Anthony J. Garcia inspires and serves his community through his work as an award-winning playwright, musician, composer, educator, social activist, mentor, and nonprofit leader. Using sharp wit and political satire, he has been able to bring conversations about gentrification of neighborhoods, racial inequity, immigration, impacts of war, and even the trials of love to light through Su Teatro’s varied programming.
Arts and Society Award
As a storyteller, activist, mentor, creative, and advocate for over 20 years, there isn’t much Damon McLeese hasn’t done in his career in the arts. But perhaps what is most remarkable about Damon, is his big-heart and passion for helping others, specifically people with disabilities. Damon strives to create platforms for young people to express their artistic soul and further their career pursuits at Access Gallery.