Dr. Candace Tangorra Matelic brings over three decades of leadership to the CCA. She directed National Landmark sites in Maryland and Hawaii. She also managed the visitor experience and programs at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan and Living History Farm Museum in Iowa. As a tenured professor for ten years, she directed an exceptional museum graduate program in the SUNY system. She teaches distance courses for the University of Victoria, Johns Hopkins University, and UNM. Additionally, she conducts professional workshops focused on community engagement, organizational change, and integrating creativity into the workplace for a variety of cultural organizations. Candace focuses on helping organizations engage their communities, fundamentally transforming their vision, assumptions, organizational culture, and work patterns. Her professional expertise is in organizational analysis, change, learning and development, community engagement, transformational leadership, nonprofit management, and community-centered planning for museums and cultural organizations. She has presented at 100+ conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe, over 30 of those times as a keynote speaker or invited guest. Her publications include two co-authored books and 25 articles or chapters.
Candace was nominated for the 2013 Santa Fe Professional Business Woman of the Year award.
Candace holds a Ph.D in Organizational Studies, an MA in Museum Studies, and a BFA in Fine Arts, American Studies.
Jason is a 2011 Sundance Documentary Fellow and 2010 New Visions Award winner. Films as producer include Olympia (opening night, SXSW Film, closing night, Slamdance, broadcast, Sundance Channel). His current work-in-progress SEMBENE! was recepient of Sundance Documentary Fund Awards in 2008 and 2010 and was included in the prestigious Toronto Documentary Forum and Tribeca All Access programs. He has curated and produced programs that have drawn more than 340,000 in attendance, including large-scale events for the Smithsonian, the Lensic and SITE Santa Fe, and curated programs for the Bioneers Conference, El Museo del Barrio, the Santa Fe Opera and the True/False Film Festival. He has served as a staff member at the Telluride Film Festival for 20 years, is former artistic director of Taos Talking Pictures (named one of the world's top ten film festivals), and has served as a panelist, juror or nominator for the SXSW and Sundance Film Festivals, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowships and Creative Capital. He has published more than 400 pieces for Wired, along with pieces for the Santa Fean, Austin Chronicle, Time Out New York, Psychology Today and UTNE Reader, and his collection of essays Untold New Mexico (Sunstone Press, 2006) is used as a textbook at the University of New Mexico. His essays on film and culture have been published in eight other collections, and translated into more than a dozen languages. He is an adjunct professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Jason holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a MA in English from Middlebury College.
Visual Arts Director
Erin Elder has worked as an independent curator, writer, and teacher for over twelve years, cultivating interests in experimental collaboration, sense of place, and expanded notions of culture. Her research has focused on counter-cultural education and art practices, with particular interest in those activities happening in the 1960s American Southwest. Her writing has been published by University of Minnesota Press, University of Houston Press, Proximity Magazine, and more. She has produced projects with a variety of institutions including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Creative Time, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, International Symposium on Electronic Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. She is a visiting lecturer at numerous schools and universities. Since 2009, she has cooperatively run PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras, NM. Erin holds dual self-designed BAs from Prescott College, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.
Visual Arts Programming Coordinator
Angie Rizzo is originally from San Francisco, CA and graduated from CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in 2009 with a BFA in photography and fine arts. Her art practice is research driven with an emphasis on solitude, the American western landscape, and the sublime. In 2012 she co-founded an alternative artist space and gallery in San Francisco, CA that promoted artistic experimentation without the constraints of a commercial gallery. Needless to say, she is a passionate supporter of the arts and dedicated to the growth of contemporary arts in the Santa Fe community.
Jesse Hockersmith is a proud Santa Fe native with roots in New Mexico for 7 generations. Having persisted through the Santa Fe public school system, he attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, California to receive a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Public Relations. While in school, Jesse assumed leadership roles at KRFH 610 AM, a student-run radio station, and received the distinction of 'Most Outstanding Graduate in the field of Broadcast Journalism.' Jesse has won awards for contributions to short films in the 3 Minute Film Festival and the Attention Span Film Festival. This Eagle Scout likes to ride his bicycle, hike, camp, and, of course, watch films.
Projection Booth Manager
Chris Bredenberg is the Projection Booth Chief at CCA, as well as an employee of CCA for 10+ years. He is a projectionist for Telluride, Seattle, Stanley, Palm Springs, Hawaii, Denver, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Independent Film Festivals. In addition, he provides technical services for Hawaii, True/False, and Telluride Film Festivals. Chris is a huge fan of the diverse and engaging cinema CCA provides.
Cheryl Ford-Mente came to Santa Fe after spending all her life in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. She has a thirty year career managing a variety of NPOs - from the American Red Cross in Fort Worth to one of the largest performing arts theatre schools in the southwest. In addition to Ms. Ford-Mente’s many years in non-profit, she used her BA degree in Communication (Theatre) from the University of Texas at Arlington and worked simultaneously for 14 years as the producer and host of an ACE award-winning cable television show called Around Arlington. Cheryl and her crew created over 2400 thirty-minute programs that aired weekdays and focused on anything that might interest or highlight an Arlington, Texas resident. Cheryl also appeared in many regional theatres and received five best actress awards for her performances. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the highlight of Ms. Ford-Mente’s film/television work has been to share the screen with Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad.