Class Acts

Published: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 12:09 p.m.

When Alora Haynes books guest artists to perform at Santa Fe College’s 2-year-old Fine Arts Hall, her talent also must be willing to teach.

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Alora Haynes, chair of Fine Arts at Santa Fe College, brings to the Fine Arts Hall performers who are also willing to serve as mentors.

Erica Brough

“If there’s a line of demarcation between the artist and my students, I’m not interested,” says Haynes, chair of Fine Arts at Santa Fe College and director of the Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall. “I go to those people who I think are ready to give back, someone who I think has the same core values as I do. If it’s all about the money, then I say, ‘Thank you very much.’ This is an educational building. I need the teachers. I’m looking for the teachers.”

Last year, Barbara Padilla, a Mexican-American opera singer and a runner-up on the fourth season of “America’s Got Talent,” became one of the teachers when she was invited to give a benefit performance for Ron and Dianne Farb’s Climb for Cancer foundation. This year’s teacher-performers include Ruben Studdard, a gospel singer who rose to the top of the charts when he won the second season of “American Idol.” Studdard will perform Sept. 19 with an 80-member backup choir composed of Santa Fe students and choir members from Mount Carmel Baptist and Springhill Baptist churches.

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