Projects & Partnerships
The Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area is built upon the collaboration of energies and efforts of the many organizations and communities that are contained within its boundaries. Its essence reflects the culture of creativity that is endemic to the area, a culture that blends creativity with the day-to-day living experience.
In the last five years the Heritage Area Board and staff have promoted collaborative projects often funded through our grants program. The distinguishing factor defining a project is its size and scope, and its level of generated community involvement. The Heritage Area provides different levels of funding, but our involvement is generally greater, including providing technical support and coordination of partnerships. The community organization will lead in actual work on the project, and in stimulation of community support.
A recent and ongoing project with the City of Española pairs several non-profit organizations, the City government, and funding partners to create and develop a regional food hub within an abandoned commercial building on the City's main street. A building is rehabilitated, a new agricultural enterprise is created, a community neighborhood is rejuvenated, and a community becomes engaged in a development effort.
The food hub will provide a new focus on stimulating the agricultural communities in the Rio Grande valley and surrounding farming communities, and provide a new market for local farm products. The Heritage Area involvement along with the New Mexico Community Foundation is to provide funding for creation of several murals on the building to initiate the building renovation and to trigger community interest and response to the project. Involvement in the creation of the murals includes area artists, youth and children from area schools, and members of the general public.
Each project contributes to the long-term development of the community in which the project is created, and serves to support the Heritage Area goals. Other projects we have funded include: