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Dream Team

During the spring and early summer of 2016, Artful Life worked with the University of New Mexico's "Dream Team"--DACA students--encouraging them to tell their stories through art.

Through a series of evening and weekend workshops, the group of 24 students created writings, drawings, paintings and mixed-media works that expressed where they come from, who they are, and where they are going.

In a climate that can be hostile to DACA youth and their families, these art-making sessions allowed students to create in a safe space and take creative control of their narratives.

Lead artist:  Michelle Otero.  Artist Team: Otero, Shelle Sanchez, Valerie Martinez.

Learn more about the UNM Dream Team here

ACN farmers will provide workshops for South Valley residents at Community Table garden sites. Residents will learn how to grow their own food while preparing community garden sites for production. These multigenerational workshops will provide paid opportunities for local artists and farmers, and will inform the design of beautiful public spaces in the South Valley.

About Albuquerque's South Valley

The South Valley is home to 40,000 residents: 80% of whom identify as Hispanic/Latino, 17% Anglo, 2% Native American, and 1% African American. Bordered by the Río Grande and home to immigrant-owned businesses, small farms, and many families who trace their roots back to the arrival of the Spaniards in the 1700s.  

Many South Valley residents have experienced generations of being land-rich and cash-poor. More than one hundred years after statehood, the descendants of early settlers are still reeling from the abrupt shift from a collaborative economy to cash, from shared resources to privatized land and water. 

The Community Table project is being funded by a planning grant from the Kresge Foundation's "FreshLo" program, the McCune Charitable Foundation, and the PNM Resources Fund.  Our warmest thanks to those who make this work possible.