Van Overton, Jr.

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico Topics: Volunteering, Aid, Culture, African-American, Education Quote: “I’m big on one particular hashtag that I use – #ShowUp – you know that’s what it’s all about! Whether it’s for class or for a neighbor or for yourself, everything in life is just about showing up. Be that person you know that can be counted on…

Zamora Family / Albuquerque

Name: Crystál, David & Paz Zamora Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico Topics: Dance, Music, Culture, Aztec, New Mexican Quote: “Everybody calls them a costume. ‘Oh that’s such a pretty costume can I borrow it for Halloween?’ Instead of getting offended we just let them know, this isn’t exactly our costume, it’s our regalia to show that our…

Chloe Nixon / Albuquerque

Name: Chloe Nixon Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico Topics: Artis, Music, Social Justice, Singer, Youth Quote: “I want to use music to express my views on life, my opinions to change the world.” My name is Chloe Nixon. I’m 13 years old, I’m African-American. I was originally born and raised here in Albuquerque. I’ve been here my whole…

Molly Molloy / Las Cruces

Name: Molly Molloy Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico Topics: Education, Librarian, Immigration, Border, Youth Quote: “I’m the person that people come to when they need information about the U.S.-Mexico border and immigration topics.” My name is Molly Molloy and I’m originally from Louisiana, in the southeastern part of the U.S. I am currently a research librarian here,…

Hakim Bellamy / Albuquerque

Name: Hakim Bellamy Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico Topics: Art, Poetry, Albuquerque, Collaboration, Youth Quote: “As poets, we make sure that we all grow our skills as a cohort.” Yo, my name is Hakim Bellamy, I am a human of New Mexico. I’ve been… it’ll be 12 years in January, and I’m a poet. I do lots of…

Carlos Contreras / Albuquerque

Name: Carlos Contreras Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico Topics: Art, Poetry, Albuquerque, Collaboration, Economic Development Quote: “Get out and experience your city! Plug yourself into an art scene. You don’t have to be an artist to benefit from it. It’s healing in all ways.” My name is Carlos Contreras. I was born and raised here in Albuquerque, New Mexico….

Ralph A.Vigil II / Pecos

Name: Ralph A. Vigil II Location: Pecos, New Mexico Topics: Agriculture, Water Rights, Family, History, Northern New Mexico My name is Ralph Vigil, Jr. I’m from here, from Pecos. I’ve lived here all my life, 38 years. I was born in Las Cruces but been in here in Pecos, raised up on the east side…

Kilko Paz / Albuquerque

Mi nombre es Kilko Paz, yo soy de Bolivia. Vine en el 2008. Bueno, me mudé porque estaba casado con una Americana y nos venimos aquí porque ella empezó a estudiar aquí en UNM. Y entonces yo encontré la oportunidad también de hacer mi maestría aquí en UNM, que ya la terminé, bueno ocho años…

Juan Carlos Martínez / South Valley

(English translations below) Mi nombre es Juan Carlos Martínez. Vivo en Isleta y Bridge y tengo 4 años de estar aquí en Albuquerque. Solo e visitado Houston, Tejas. Y el lugar este me gusta mucho por ser tranquilo, bien pacifico el ambiente, no esta muy poblado como otros estados. A pesar de que es algo…

Christopher Mike-Bidtah / Albuquerque

My name is Christopher A. Mike-Bidtah. I am an artist by the name of Def-i from New Mexico. Been practicing the artwork for at least 15 years now and I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, then I also moved out to the reservation by the Four Corners and Shiprock,  New Mexico. So, I…

Suyent Rodriguez / Albuquerque

My name is Suyent Rodriguez. I was originally born in La Havana, Cuba. My parents and I came to the United States in 2005. I was 9 years old. I got the Visa Lottery, so that’s how we got here. When we got to Miami, Catholic Charities helped us. There were only 3 states that…

Zavier Thompson / Albuquerque

My name is Zavier Thompson, I’m 15 years old. I go to Highland High school. I grew up in Albuquerque. What else is there to say? I mean I record music. My first EP, my first project is called the Woke EP that just dropped August 27th and is available now on iTunes and other electronic…