City of Dreamers

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Student-driven storytelling project, challenging Santa Fe’s misconceptions about the South Side schools, immigrants, students and families

City of Dreamers

This multi-year program combines student leadership, community engagement as well as youth-driven film and radio, resulting in a multimedia event at Santa Fe’s Lensic (May 8, 2016 7pm) showcasing short documentary videos, live on-stage radio production and music, and conversations that highlight the voices and stories students, families, allies and immigrant residents.

This program is intended to engage and challenge Santa Fe’s misconceptions of the “South Side” community and school, regarded as Santa Fe’s “Ghetto School.”

We are students from Capital High School who are hard working, optimistic, and embrace our diversity. We are strong, dedicated and, for the majority of us, the first in our families to go to college. Capital High School’s population is 90% Hispanic and Latino from low-income families.

Just because we come from low-income families does not mean we cannot achieve our goals. We are from families who shed sweat, blood, and tears every day for the opportunity for us to have an education.

We aim to expand awareness of our experiences and, by doing so, bring greater social equity to the underrepresented communities from which we come. This is an opportunity for students at Capital High School to engage with the rest of the Santa Fe community to voice our reality and change perspectives. By doing this we hope to improve and update how Capital High School is viewed, supported, and considered by decision-makers and community members of Santa Fe.


Littleglobe/Youth Media Project team includes: media-maker/facilitators Ash Haywood, Luke Carr, Katy Gross, Ed Radtke, Michael Lorenzo Lopez, Chris Jonas, Littleglobe’s NEA New Media Arts Fellows (with ¡Youthworks!), Communities in Schools Film Interns, KSFR’s News Team mentors, with Estevan Rael-Galvez and Ian Esquibel.

With Learning Alliance New Mexico,  Allegra Love/Santa Fe DREAMers Project, New Mexico Communities in Schools, AVID New Mexico, Capital High School, National Education Association of Santa Fe, Eagle Rock Professional Development’s student training team, Mariachi Sonidos del Monte, Lensic Performing Arts Center, the KSFR Public Radio News at Noon Team, New Mexico Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts ArtsWorks Program, the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Dollars4Schools Program, McCune Charitable Foundation, Estevan Rael-Galvez of the the Santa Fe Arts Commission’s “Culture Connects” Program, Santa Fe Prep/Santa Fe High School, Aaron Stern, George and Dee Gamble, Jenna and Wilson Scanlan, and students and community members across Santa Fe.