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Alas de Agua Art Collective began as the New Mexico Mural Project, whose core belief was that murals and public art are the people’s art, and whose aim was to bring critical dialogue and healing to our community. We worked with local youth in promoting mural arts to tell diverse histories and herstories while actively educating youth and adults in creating beautiful, community-driven art practices. Since the Mural Project evolved and expanded into Alas de Agua Art Collective in 2017, murals have continued to anchor our work. Ultimately for us, these mural walls provide relentless hope, not only through the visionary landscape provided by the content on the wall but also from the engagement across neighborhoods and social-economic divides. Mural walls have been an intersectional space of healing for this collective and for our community.
We have stewarded the community in creating over a dozen murals in spaces across Santa Fe including Casa Familia, the International Folk Art Museum, Santa Fe High School, Warehouse 21, the youth detention center, Esperanza Shelter, and various streets across the city such as Agua Fria, Siler, 599, and Declovina.
In Summer 2020, Alas de Agua and partner Three Sisters Collective won a $94,000 grant from Philadelphia Mural Arts to take part in their prestigious Art and Environment Initiative. This two-year project will culminate in the creation of murals incorporating Pueblo/Indigenous people, history and aesthetics, the place we live – O’gha Po’Oghe – and Tewa people, and the protection of our traditional homelands and sacred places. They will reflect the many ways in which humans’ survival of the climate crisis will hinge upon our relationships to each other, and our connections to land, historical migrations, and Indigenous practices that go beyond borders. Ultimately, the specific content of the murals will be driven by community conversations which center the voices of Pueblo people and revitalize ancestral knowledge. Because both of our collectives use art as a means and not as an end, this project will include workshops around seed saving, seed bombing, creating garden beds, adobe making and other educational workshops that will teach people across race, class, gender and age. There is an opportunity here for inclusion and healing, but it must come from the people themselves. Read the press release here.
You will find more info on our mural projects on the Press page of this website.
Here are some images from a few of our past mural projects: