I wanted to send everyone a lovely mid-summer update on Giving Growth, our summer program. The project, led by Eliza Naranjo Morse and Jamison Chas Banks, has been one of beauty, growth, and relationships. Over the past few months, we have worked together to build our new raised bed gardens, both here and at our neighbor’s Ventana de Vida. Eliza has planted over a hundred flower plants on her land in Espanola. And we have hosted three powerful and intimate gatherings for elders living at Ventana here at the Coe. They have brought their own artworks to share, as well as stories, conversations, and deep appreciation for our engagement. When you next come by you will be able to see not only the thriving plants but also the wonderful artworks by one of our Ventana friends, ninety-year-old Tom McGrath, mounted on our fence. These gatherings will continue on over the next months and, we are all hoping, far beyond that. See the photos below for a little sampling.

Eliza and Jamison are preparing their immersive installation which will occupy the Project Space for our celebration event on Thursday, August 18th, 5:30-7:30. Please make sure to mark your calendars. We know this is the busiest of times, but we promise it will be a stunning evening! We will have a performance by the incredible Albuquerque-based band Lindy Vision, Saya’s Frybread and Indian Tacos, and Axle Contemporary, so really an event not to be missed!

In addition to all of this bounty, we have been thrilled to have received incredibly generous support for the project through a $5,000 City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture department grant and in-kind donations from Reunity Resources, Alpine Builders Supply, Santa Fe Audio Visual, and Copy Shack. And to top it all off, I have successfully pitched the project to a writer at Hyperallergic who will be writing a piece on Giving Growth that will come out sometime in September!

All my very best,

—Bess Murphy