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Community Development Model

Artful Life's approach to community development was based on extensive experience with large-scale projects in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and Founding Director Valerie Martinez's experience in the field since 2008. 


Learning from successes and challenges, over the years, Artful Life developed a collaborative approach which worked to harness the capacity generated by team-led creative engagement into community-led development initiatives. 

We worked in community-based teams (artists and residents who live in each neighborhood, village, town, city) through an unusual, dynamic and participatory process. 


The work was intentional, sustained and long-term. It rested firmly in strengthening the social fabric of communities through creative collaboration which led to art and other community-based projects.

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