As a transition from 2018, we continued the idea of pollinators and the plants that sustain them; lilac, honeysuckle, and milkweed. Those plants, in particular, all play an important role in the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. We specifically chose the Monarch because of its great migration path that has been unchanged for centuries. We also see healing as a journey. The Monarch has Jemez, Hopi and Laguna inspired designs that symbolize the great migration of “Healing into Harmony”.
It was also through the creative process in 2018 that the question of, “What comes after healing?” Each of us had our own way to answer the question, but collectively we utilized the cottonwood tree. We see it as a symbol of growth and prosperity, that reaffirms, cherishes, and strengthens our connection to the earth. We also love the reference of our own bountiful Bosque. The cottonwood tree is filled with a beloved community of animals that serve as a reminder that there is room for everybody in this world. The rays beaming through the tree suggests the sacred importance of the ecosystem and enlightened future. We hope you will find your own healing within the harmonious Bosque.
Jaqueline De La Cruz
We would like to give a special thanks to:
ALMA Board Members
La Academia de Esperanza Charter High School
ABQ Convention Center Staff
ABQ Public Art Staff
ABQ Public Arts Board
New Mexico Clay
The Loan Fund
City of ABQ Open Space Visitor Center
Sergio & Ruth Alvarado
And to all of our family and friends for supporting artists in a world where we are undervalued… Thank you!
This Project Was Funded By
New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps
City of Albuquerque Public Art Program
Heart Gallery of New Mexico Foundation
McCune Charitable Foundation
Albuquerque Community Foundation,
and the generosity of anonymous funders