NHCC Receives Grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Promote Community Healing Through the Arts

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The National Hispanic Cultural Center and Foundation announced they have received a $150,000 planning grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to bring the community together to work through the deep historical and contemporary issues that falsely divide people by race, gender and more.

The grant will allow the NHCC to plan story-sharing and community dialogues to occur in 2018, and the creation of commissioned artwork that draws from these community stories and are presented in 2019.

“We believe in the power of our New Mexico community to openly and honestly work together through and beyond the false hierarchy of human value that has defined our history, so that it will not define our future,” NHCC Executive Director Rebecca Avitia said. “By empowering artists to create works from the wisdom shared by the people of our state as they engage in deep and meaningful dialogue about their divided experiences, both historical and contemporary, we believe we can create more than beautiful artwork. We can create the very foundation of healing our state and community are ready for.”

The NHCC intends to invite many community organizations and individuals of all backgrounds, identities and ages, to participate in both planning and the community dialogues, providing input on artist commissions, and presenting the devised work.

Those interested in being a part of this effort should contact Avitia at rebecca.avitia@state.nm.us.