If you missed our Gentrification Walking Tour last Saturday, see below for a few photos and videos of the day. We started at the O’Gah Po’Geh Community Altar for some words about the intent of the event. Then moved on to Warehouse 21, a former youth space which is now closed and for sale by the city. We then heard a few words from Tom at El Museo, one of the few remaining community spaces downtown. After that we walked to the water tower where Hernan shared some words on his lived experience with gentrification (see video below). The tour ended at the Multi-Cultural mural where we hung a 120 ft banner that reads “Gentrification is Erasure is Gentrification…” and Dr. Alicia Inez Guzmán provided context about how the mural fits into the bigger picture of gentrification in Santa Fe and New Mexico (see video below).
For coverage of the event, check out this article in the Santa Fe New Mexican: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/dozens-rally-against-gentrification-in-santa-fe-railyard/article_7692e672-7ecd-11eb-bef9-03bb53addf1b.html
And in case you missed it, on Monday, Multi-Cultural mural artist Gilberto Guzman filed a lawsuit against the state and city regarding the destruction of the mural. Read more here: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/artist-sues-in-federal-court-to-block-destruction-of-santa-fe-mural/article_1cafc2f6-8058-11eb-b468-8bfbd8b87b22.html
Please contact Secretary of NM Department of Cultural Affairs Debra Garcia y Griego (firstname.lastname@example.org) and New Mexico Museum of Art Executive Director Mark White (email@example.com) to express your support for the mural! Suggested talking points are on our Get Involved page.