On display are over 40 portraits of Chimayosos that Don Usner has taken over the past few decades. Please come out to see the work and to support the museum (which is a great place) located in his great-great grandfather’s house on the Plaza del Cerro, just behind Ortega’s weaving shop.
Don’t miss the opening reception of Don Usner’s photo show at the Chimayo Museum on Sun., May 19 at 2 PM.May 10th, 2013
This historic symposium will be a rare chance for the community, scholars, and internee descendants to learn about the experiences of civilian detainees and internees during World War II.
Learn more about the experiences of Japanese people held in New Mexico internment camps during World War II at an April 21 and 22 symposium in Santa Fe. “From Inside and Outside the Barbed Wire: New Mexico’s Multicultural World War II Internment Stories,” will be held at the NM History Museum/Palace of the Governors from 10:30 am-4:30 pm on Saturday, April 21; and 1-4 pm on Sunday, April 22. The symposium is organized by NMCF partner, The Committee to Preserve New Mexico’s Internment History, for the purpose of commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Santa Fe Internment Camp (SFIC) Historical Marker in Frank S. Ortiz Park (pictured above), while raising public awareness of the internment experience in New Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
Northern New Mexico College Faculty Wins 1st Place Award for film “Aftermath of the Las Conchas Fire in Santa Clara Canyon”April 10th, 2012
The Las Conchas Fire, the largest fire in New Mexico’s history, began June 26, 2011. Over the following three months, 17,000 acres of Santa Clara Pueblo lands were devastatingly impacted by wildfire and subsequent flooding. “This is our only homeland, the place we have been entrusted with since time immemorial,” said Santa Clara Pueblo Governor Walter Dasheno. “Never again in our lifetime will we see our Santa Clara Canyon as we have known it.”
In response to the wildfire devastation, in the summer of 2011 New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) established the Santa Clara Pueblo Fund, an emergency fund that provides flexible resources for the current and long-term cost of fire rehabilitation to the Santa Clara Canyon, as well as the 2,800 Tewa Tribe residents that call Santa Clara Pueblo Home. To date, NMCF has raised $200,000 for the Santa Clara Pueblo Fund. Read the rest of this entry »
NMCF Partner, Adobe in Action (AiA), has launched a new and improved Web site as well as announced a spring curriculum for those interested in learning about adobe construction or pursuing AiA’s Certificate in Adobe Construction. AiA provides adobe construction education for the benefit of community development and cultural enrichment and preservation. To reach a broad range of students, the courses are offered as a blend of online and live instruction and synchronize with ongoing Adobe in Action building projects. A certificate of completion is offered by Adobe in Action for each class successfully completed. Visit the new site to register for a course, to learn more about current projects and volunteer opportunities and to support the work of Adobe in Action!
This week AiA Executive Director Mike Lopach and Paul Derby, a professor from Vermont’s Castleton State College, will connect with other leaders promoting environmental and cultural sustainability at the Sustainability Conference 2012 in Vancouver, B.C. Lopach and Derby will inform conference goers of AiA’s work through a presentation entitled “Adobe in Action: Students Learning Sustainability through Experiential Education”. The presentation will use firsthand reflections from students from a small, rural state college in Vermont who partnered with AIA to construct a home for a low income family. Through this experiential learning opportunity, students learned that adobe construction provides a holistic education of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability. The collaboration between AiA and students highlights how the organization works to better communities with engagement and participation from many sources.
Adobe in Action, a partner of New Mexico Community Foundation, was recently honored for their efforts in providing sustainable adobe housing for low income families in Northern New Mexico. The Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI), a New Mexico based nonprofit organization dedicated to civil society education and conservation leadership, recognized Adobe in Action with the 2011 Conservation Quest Champions Prize. CCLI’s Executive Director, Rob Hirsch, commended Adobe in Action in a letter announcing the award:
“In this challenging economy when people are struggling to afford housing and other basic essentials, it is admirable that you and all the good people involved with Adobe in Action are working not just to help provide any home for a deserving family in Espanola but a home that is both energy efficient with the use of classic adobe bricks and sustainable with passive solar design. We commend you on combining sustainability with heritage values while meeting real economic needs in our time.” Read the rest of this entry »
We recently published our 2010 Annual Report, which gives an overview of NMCF and the fiscal sponsorship and nonprofit administrative services we offer, as well as the impact we make across the beautiful state of New Mexico.