Vibing to “La Llorona”

  Quote: “Everybody in town seems to be really proud of New Mexico which awesome! Everybody’s rockin’ the Zia! Everybody’s feeling it. And it’s great! There is this specific pride to this state!” Growing Up With Music JAVIER SANDOVAL: My name is Javier Sandoval. I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico. My mom is from Chihuahua; my…

Mercedez Holtry

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico Topics: Performance, Culture, Chicana, Nuevo Mexicana, Poet Quote: “Burque is a rough town. There’s a lot of bad that happens here, but in my heart I know there’s more good that tops that bad. Writing about that pain that we face here I think is so important because it not only helps us heal…

Joseph A Wasson Jr.

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico Topics: Nuevo Mexicano, Performance, Culture, Chicano, Art Quote: “I remember growing up on Montgomery Blvd., which was the city limits of Albuquerque. It seemed like growing up back in the 60s and the 70s was a lot simpler. We used to hang out on the streets. We lived by a ditch. We used…

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…

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….

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…