Keep Santa Fe Multicultural

In 1980, Gilberto Guzmán designed "Multi-Cultural" with Zara Kriegstein and painted it with the assistance of Rosemary Stearns, Cassandra Mains, John Sandford, David Bradley, Frederico Vigil, Linda Lomahaftewa, and many others from the community. Located at 404 Montezuma Avenue at the Joseph Halpin State Records Center, "Multi-Cultural" is one of the few murals left in Santa Fe’s Railyard District or the adjacent Historic Eastside. With the expansion of the New Mexico Museum of Art into Vladem Contemporary, it’s currently slated for destruction. 


Please take a few moments to answer these questions, as we work together toward honoring the mural’s original intent to reflect Santa Fe’s rich and complicated histories of multiculturalism. Our goal is to keep Santa Fe multicultural.


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* 1. How long have you lived in Santa Fe?

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* 2. Do you value public art in Santa Fe, the Railyard, and the Historic Eastside?

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* 3. What does this particular mural, and the theme of multiculturalism, mean to you?

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* 4. Do you believe that public and state-owned institutions, as well as historic boards, should support and provide space for the creation of public art by community artists, especially artists of color?

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* 5. Would you support a new generation of artists recreating "Multi-Cultural" in the same location using imagery to honor the original, in addition to new imagery that reflects our current and future understandings of multiculturalism?

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* 6. Do you have other comments or suggestions that are not covered here? Please share.

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