President’s Circle

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The President’s Circle is a group of philanthropic individuals who give generously to support SAR’s mission and programs, helping foster innovative social science and Native American creativity.

Through a diverse schedule of private events, President’s Circle donors are able to deepen their own knowledge and become more engaged with others who share their interests. Your participation offers the rare and enriching experience of interacting with resident scholars, artists, and researchers from around the country and the globe.

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For more information about the President’s Circle, please contact Laura Sullivan, Director of Development, at sullivan[at] or by calling (505) 954-7238.

Upcoming President’s Circle Events
Arroyo Hondo Pueblo renderingField Trip to Arroyo Hondo Pueblo SiteDouglas W. Schwartz, SAR President Emeritus, Senior Scholar
Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
About 1300 C.E., a small pueblo, located minutes from what is now downtown Santa Fe, grew from a 100-room compound to the impressive 1,000-room Arroyo Hondo Pueblo. Rapid growth, a period of severe climate change, and regional violence caused the Pueblo’s demise a mere 125 years later. This field trip will explore a spectacular and varied environment, including the layout and growth of farmland near the Pueblo, Pueblo life in the fourteenth century, the crises faced by the inhabitants, and how the Pueblo finally became a ruin. Schwartz will describe how he approached the excavation and exploration of the Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, including unique stories about its development and ultimate demise. Includes pre-trip presentation in the SAR boardroom, lunch, and trip to Arroyo Hondo Pueblo site.
Mesa Prieta PetroglyphsField Trip to Mesa PrietaExclusive Fluteplayer Tour and Farm-to-Market Lunch
Thursday, May 11, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $300, includes transportation, lunch with expert speaker and docent-guided tour with flute player Patrick Mirabal
Mesa Prieta, meaning dark mesa, is a thirty-six square-mile mesa extending twelve miles in a northeasterly direction. Over 75,000 examples of rock images are estimated to exist on the mesa in addition to other archaeological features. The eastern side is closely adjacent to the Rio Grande; the western side has large habitable and agricultural areas between the base of the mesa and the nearest drainage. The number and quality of the glyphs make the mesa similar in importance to other major sites in New Mexico such as Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque and the Three Rivers site near Tularosa. Members will tour the site while listening to flute music provided by Patrick Mirabal. You will be treated to a five-course gourmet, farm-to-market meal prepared by a professional chef with fresh ingredients from Embudo and hear from project founder, Katherine Wells, and staff archaeologist, Janet MacKenzie, about the significance of the Mesa Prieta site.
IARCGarden Party at the Indian Arts Research CenterThursday, June 16, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Free to SAR Board of Directors and President's Circle members and guests
Enjoy an early evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with fellow board and circle members and guests while enjoying traditional flute music by Adrian Wall and indigenous-based foods by Red Mesa Cuisine. Former SAR artist fellow Adrian Wall (2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow) and his sister Kathleen Wall (2016 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow) will be joining the festivities to talk about the impact of the SAR experience on their lives and careers. Learn about the pivotal role that the IARC has played through a behind-the-scenes tour led by Brian Vallo, director of IARC. The tour will focus on specially selected pieces from the collection that exemplify the collaborative relationships that IARC has established with the pueblos of Zuni and Acoma.
SandroniCollections of Distinction TourHome of Bob and Lora Sandroni
Wednesday, July 6, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
$75 per person
View one of the most significant collections of American Indian art, primarily Plains and Plateau beadwork from the late 1800s and early 1900s, housed in a beautifully restored adobe carriage house and chicken coop. Bob collects with a discerning eye and educates himself on his acquisitions. Once purchased, the pieces find their home under the direction of international designer Kris Lajeskie with stunning results. Sandroni’s homes have been featured in several magazines including The Santa Fean, Cowboys and Indians, Western Art and Architecture, and Western Art Collector. They have opened their homes in Santa Fe and San Diego to a variety of different groups from art groups to museum professionals. This will give President's Circle members and guests a behind-the-scenes look at this amazing collection. Enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres in their beautiful garden. Generously hosted by Bob and Lora Sandroni.

Past President’s Circle Events
Celebrate! The Parties of El DelirioWinter White PartyDecember 3, 2015This year, we honor you as members of the President’s Circle with an engaging theme recalling the White sisters and their generous bequest to SAR of their glorious estate, El Delirio. Join us in your best Winter Whites as we celebrate White sisters style with music, libations, and lively conversation. Enjoy chamber music, white hors d’oeuvres, white cocktails and white décor. Hear from Michael F. Brown, SAR President; Nancy Owens Lewis, Scholar-in-Residence and co-author of A Peculiar Alchemy; and resident scholar, Susan McKinnon about her current research on cousin marriage. Please feel free to bring a friend to introduce to the President’s Circle and activities of SAR. 4:00PM to 7:00PM, presentation at 5:00PM.
Cottonwoods on the SAR CampusPresident's ReceptionMarch 26, 2015Please join us for a special reception before our membership lecture. Come meet SAR President Michael F. Brown in a casual and fun setting.
Fire in the SkySan Ildefonso Pueblo tour and hike with Joseph Aguilar, 2014/2015 Katrin H. Lamon Resident ScholarApril 2015Join current resident scholar Joseph Aguilar for a guided tour of San Ildefonso Pueblo and a hike around Tsankawi, a section in Bandelier National Monument; the group will have lunch in a Pueblo member’s home with a lunchtime discussion about Joseph’s research and how Tsankawi informs his work. Lunch is followed by a short tour around the village and the trip ends with a pottery demonstration and talk.
Kiva Fireplace in the Hewett ResidenceDecember Fireside Chat with Michael Brown and Ehren Kee NatayDecember 11, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.President Michael Brown will discuss his vision for SAR’s future and 2014 King Native Artist Fellow Ehren Kee Natay will showcase his SAR project — imagery that portrays the lunchtime feeding at a Pueblo feast day.
SAR and the Santa Fe Opera, 2011SAR and the Santa Fe OperaWednesday, July 2, 2014, $200 per personWhat makes Bizet’s Carmen the world’s most famous opera? The answer is simple. It sizzles! Rory Macdonald conducts the archetypal love story tailored specifically for the Santa Fe Opera—an unforgettable portrait of the definitive femme fatale. In perhaps a first for the Santa Fe Opera, most of the cast for this new production is also new to the SFO and come from all over the world, as do members of the creative team. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack (Argentina) sings the title role. Tenor Roberto De Biasio (Sicily) sings the role of Don José. The role of the swaggering toreador Escamillo is sung by bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas (Lithuania). Conductor Rory Macdonald (Scotland) and director Stephen Lawless (England) add to the international mix.
Witter Bynner EstateWitter Bynner Estate TourMonday, March 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m.Located at the corner of East Buena Vista and Old Santa Fe Trail, this historic jewel was the home of poet and essayist Witter Bynner. He moved to Santa Fe in 1922, where he and his partner, Robert Hunt, entertained such well-known artists and literary figures as Thornton Wilder, D. H. Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Willa Cather, Igor Stravinsky, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and many more. The original “bones” of the house date to the 1830s. Currently run as the Inn of the Turquoise Bear, your tour of this significant property will be led by owners Robert Frost and Ralph Bolton. Lunch after at Amaya at the Hotel Santa Fe.
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