Keep Santa Fe Multicultural is a campaign started by a group of community members who are working to keep the Multicultural mural in place at the Railyard. This mural, which is one of the few remaining public art pieces in the downtown area, is slated to be destroyed during the construction of the Vladem Contemporary Art Museum.
We have been in contact with the state regarding this project, as well as collecting community feedback regarding the mural, and public art in general. This is part of a larger problem in Santa Fe of gentrification and displacement. Click the link below to watch the informational webinar summarizing our efforts and the history of this project.
Contact your state representatives to demand that our beloved mural be saved!
We have compiled documents and a timeline detailing the museum project and efforts to save the mural.
Due to the lack of community engagement facilitated by DCA, we have gathered feedback from the Santa Fe community, hear what the people have to say.
Based on the information we have collected via research and meetings, these are our demands to the Department of Cultural Affairs:
- A timely public town hall that invites thoughtful engagement around the topic of the mural, its beloved role in the community, and art historical value, locally, nationally, and internationally.
- A timeline on the Vladem Contemporary’s construction and any (all) plans for demolition for the Halpin Building.
- A cost estimate proposal from a qualified professional conservator examining all the options offered by Cynthia Lawrence and valuations of all those options for the mural.
- A postponement of any further plans regarding the mural’s “retirement” until all of the aforementioned have been satisfied.
- A commitment to reevaluate past decisions regarding the mural and the mural’s future, based on information gained through the public town hall, cost estimate proposal, and the knowledge of DCA’s misrepresentation of the conservator’s report.