Meditation & Medicine For What Lies Ahead, Summer 2018
Close up photo image of "Meditation & Medicine for What Lies Ahead" mosaic mural.

This mosaic visualizes our future in terms of growth, healing, and balance. The herbal plants to the left include Beebalm, Pedicularis, Mint, and Yerba Mansa; their traditional medicinal uses support healing and sustainability. The hexagons rising from the flowers symbolize the importance of bees and all pollinators. The hexagons continue into the mandalas, where they frame images of different pollinators – bees, ants, bats, butterflies, hummingbirds, and moths.


Mandalas are circular sacred symbols that provide and create harmony and balance. These symbols are created by many cultures to convey a vision of the universe, to aid in meditation and healing, and to guide us how to live. Our mandalas contain bands with designs found throughout nature as well as a variety of cultures and religions. The diversity in the bands, as well as between the mandalas, demonstrates our hope for diversity and balance in society. The background colors of sunset and sunrise symbolize the balance of opposites and the beauty of change. When we come together to create something meaningful, we can envision what we want for the future and actively bring it into being.

Apprentice Artists


Alex Acuna-Banda

Zinah Aslaad

Kristen Andraka

Tanya Aviles

Gracie Beauregard

Domonique Carrillo

Jordan Caldwell

Tomas Lopez

Marissa Mascarenas

Shundiin Nakai

Amelia Richardson

Jileen Salazar

Atom Vigil

Jacquelyn Yepa

Lead Apprentices

Jaqueline De La Cruz

Victoriana Lucero

Lead Artists

Vanessa Alvarado

Margarita Paz-Pedro

Cassandra Reid

We would like to give a special thanks to:


Mayor Tim Keller

Albuquerque Arts Board

Convention Center Staff

New Mexico Clay

La Academia de Esperanza

The Loan Fund

Susan McAllister

Joseph Ramirez

Keith Scott

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