Guest host Greg Smith talked about the 50th Anniversary Renaissance ArtsFaire with his guests Jim Vorenberg, Linda Moore, and Randy Granger. It will occur on the 6th and 7th of November this year and this year theme is "Bridging Cultures," as it looks at both the Renaissance in Europe and the arts and culture on this side of the Atlantic. It will be back in Young Park again where it has been so many times in the past.
Guest host Greg Smith talks about some of the educational opportunities available this summer to Las Cruces students with -
Guest host Greg Smith invited leaders from three essential non-profits to hear about how their organizations are doing and how they're providing the fundamentals to the Las Cruces community.
His guests were -
Lorenzo Alba - (Director) Casa de Peregrinos
Nicole Martinez - (Director) Community of Hope
Dan Lere - (Board President) Doña Ana Arts Council
The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico was spun off from Memorial Medical Center more than 30 years ago. Since then, it has broadened its scope to include not just health care issues, but also general well-being, education, and economic development. Last year, with its 300+ accounts, scholarship funds, and special fundraising for issues like the census and COVID relief, CFSNM gave out more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants to individuals and organizations in 10 counties across Southern New Mexico. CFSNM Executive Director Terra Winter joined Nan Rubin to talk about the work of the Foundation, who contributes, and its local impact.
In his 2021 State of the City address, Mayor Miyagishima made specific mention of the importance of the Sustainability Office in the future plans for Las Cruces. Intrigued by the reference, Café con Leche host Nan Rubin went looking for the Sustainability Office in the directory of city services. She found Sustainability Officer Lisa LaRocque, who was very eager to explain her position and its critical role moving the city to being a more sustainable and equitable civic institution.
The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium was started in 2005 to compile data on the cancers and other diseases that plague the communities surrounding the Trinity Test on July 16, 1945, and advocate for fair compensation for their conditions. On April 1 of this year, instead of holding their annual demonstration at the Trinity site, generally open for the day but closed this year because of COVID, Tina Cordova, Paul Pino and Bernice Gutierrez joined Nan Rubin in a conversation about the Downwinders and the recent Congressional hearing focusing on compensation for those exposed to radiation caused by above-ground nuclear testing.
The Atlanta massacre of eight spa workers, including six Asian American women, touched Café con Leche Host Nan Rubin personally because Chinese American Wilma Chan was her best friend growing up. To keep this tragic event from being overshadowed by the next tragic massacre in Boulder that followed, Nan spoke with several Asian American leaders about their responses, including Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima.
On March 25, 1911, 146 workers, mostly young Jewish and Italian immigrant women, lost their lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the most notorious industrial accident in the country. The experience mobilized tens of thousands to demand safer working conditions, and the legacy of the fire on vastly improved worker safety is still with us today. In remembrance of this date, Café con Leche presents The Long Memory of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, a radio documentary produced by Nan Rubin on the 100th anniversary of this tragic event.
There are hundreds of blind and low vision residents in Dona Ana County, many of them looking for work and all of them needing basic support services like transportation. With so many seniors moving here, this population is certain to grow. Raquel Ortega, president of The Mesilla Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, and Board Member Ross Winetsky recorded a conversation with Nan Rubin to speak about employment issues, new tools, and advocacy for the blind.
One year after Las Cruces approved the Public Art Master Plan and several months dormancy because of COVID, public art is back on the City agenda! The City has hired as a new staff member and the Public Art Board has been reconstituted! Art Board Chair Tina Ballew and Public Art Coordinator Ceci Vasconcellos joined Nan Rubin to bring us up to date. In addition to getting ready to install the new artwork designed for City Hall, the Art Board is preparing to solicit artists for several commissions at city buildings and is launching an initiative to inventory the public art all around Las Cruces.
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