On July 14, 2021, the City of Santa Fe Governing Body unanimously approved Artful Life as the contract awardee for the City of Santa Fe CHART (Culture, Healing, Art, Reconciliation, Truth) project. Upon completion of the final contract, Artful Life will launch this momentous, 12-month initiative.
The evolution of the project--from its inception to its final form--exemplifies democracy in action. The original proposal was for the formation of a City of Santa Fe committee that would deliberate and make recommendations for the disposition of monuments and statues that became controversial flashpoints during the summer of 2020.
Upon further research and reflection, the sponsors--Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, Councilor Carol Romero-Wirth, Councilor Roman “Tiger” Abeyta, and Councilor Chris Rivera--decided that far better outcomes would be achieved through a grassroots process that invites and facilitates community-member-to-community-member dialogue.
Following the standard procurement process, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued that outlined the scope of work for the contract to lead the CHART process. The scope of work was based on the CHART Resolution. On April 6, 2011, proposals were due, setting in motion a scoring process by an evaluation committee operating under strict procurement code guidelines. The committee was composed of two City staff, one Arts Commission member and a former City Historian in a prior administration.
Artful Life submitted a proposal and was selected as the "recommended awardee" by the evaluation committee, to be approved by three city committees and the Governing Body.
The goal of the CHART process is to foster mutual understanding of shared values among Santa Feans--individuals, groups, organizations of widely diverse backgrounds--not simply to decide about monuments and statues. Ultimately, citizens who have participated in the process will recommend forward-looking solutions to historic problems to the Governing Body. This is the beginning of an ongoing effort to learn and understand our complex histories and stories, and to promote truth, healing, and reconciliation for a future of peace and justice.
Once the paperwork is complete, Artful Life's will issue an open call to Santa Feans (city and county) to become part of the CHART facilitation team that will move this project forward. Project co-directors are Valerie Martinez and Jenice Gharib.
Revisit here for a link to the project website.