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….

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…

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…

Jeanette Iskat / Coruco

Yeah there’s something about New Mexico that really resonates with me. We came out here, my husband lasted about – definitely a much bigger culture shock for him, he had been in East LA his whole life- and it just didn’t work for him so we got divorced. And we’re still friends. He moved back…

Mariachi Buenaventura / Santa Fe

Joanna Alvarez Reyes: My name is Joanna Alvarez Reyes. We are Mariachi Buenaventura, we’ve been playing in this group 10, almost 11 years now. In September or October I think it will be. Nishka Gonzales: and I’ve been playing violin for about 15 years and playing with them for about 9….10 years. [Laughing] that’s a…

Luis Ordoñez / Albuquerque

My name is Luis Fernando Ordoñez. I’m 24 years old. I was studying at the University of New Mexico. Took some time off, joined the military, and that’s basically where I am right now at the present. I was born in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua. At the age of two my mother got a visa for me…