Stories of Route 66: International District

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Stories of Route 66: The International District

Stories of Route 66: The International district, originally developed as a project of Littleglobe,  included a range of programs involving collaboration with the International District community of Albuquerque:

  • Arts engagement with over 130 community members (ages 5-75, from 7 countries speaking 8 languages) who co-envisioned and co-created works of art, film, and performance and a range of subsequent development projects including:

  • Global 505, a coalition of organizations serving Albuquerque’s immigrant and refugee communities

  • The Refugee Mentoring Project

  • The Migration Experience Film/Discussion Series

  • The International District Health Fair

  • “Avenue ID,” a banner art program along Central Ave (Route 66), between Wyoming and San Mateo Blvds in the heart of the district

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In order to be closer to the International district itself, the project has moved from the Santa Fe-based Littleglobe to Albuquerque. Please click here to be redirected:  Artful Life

ARTS ENGAGEMENT & CREATIVE PLACEMAKING

From January-July 2014 Valerie and a Littleglobe multidisciplinary artist team collaborated with over 130 community members in the International District every Sunday for 7 months. This “community ensemble” envisioned and co-created several works of art that premiered on the ID LIVE! weekend of July 26-27, 2014.  This engagement was part of a larger project (in partnership with the City of Albuquerque and a range of partners) that received a National Endowment for the Arts/Our Town grant and will result in the design of a “story plaza” along Central Avenue in the heart of the Int’l District.

Works of art co-created by the ensemble included: 1) photo portraits of community members which appeared in a gallery exhibition, on city buses, and in bus shelters in the Int’l District; 2) an “International Art Garden” that transformed an empty lot in the ID with sculpture, plant and flower beds and benches; 3) a steel and blue plexiglass 15’ x 15’ x 9’ sculpture/structure, “Morning Glory,” which evokes participants notions of “home,” “safety,” and “belonging;” 4) a 45 minute performance of short films interspersed with movement, music, and audio stories. The community ensemble also coordinated the design and fabrication of five Little Free Libraries that were permanently installed throughout the district.

As a result of this engagement, community members are currently leading a wide range of development initiatives, listed above.

Engagement and Story Plaza partners include:  City of Albuquerque/Cultural Affairs, International District Healthy Communities Coalition, AMAFCA (Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority), Story of Place Institute, UNM School of Architecture and Planning.

The project (and all its programs) have been generously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts/Our Town Program; the McCune Charitable Foundation; the FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the Global Education Fund, New Mexico Arts, Bernalillo County/County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, the New Mexico Humanities Council, with in-kind support from PB&J Family Services, La Montanita Co-Op and many individual donors.  We are so grateful for all who are making this work possible.