Welcome, 2017 and a look back
Happy New Year!
May it be wonderful for us all – people, places, creatures and things.
Reflections and Projections
2016 was “abuzz” for LEAP. We were busy! Perhaps a little too busy. In 2017 we plan to take things a little slower; fewer big events and intentional focus on some of the less visible, but very important nuts and bolts that will make LEAP stronger and more sustainable in the long run. We hope you will join us in whatever ways are right for you and yours!
As you may remember, pollination was LEAP’s theme in 2016. “The Buzz” permeated LEAP’s activities and programming throughout the year, from our science and art enrichment programs for Questa and Costilla elementary students in the spring, to NeoRio at Wild Rivers in the Fall. We also organized our annual Questa Earth Day event, the regional ¡Pollinate! Art Show at OCHO in Questa, StorySLAM and Paint Out event at Wild Rivers, Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration and local field trips for Questa Junior High Students.
Each event and engagement deepened understandings of the phenomenal and beautiful roles of pollination and pollinators in our lives and ecosystems; each brought people and “place” together and was successful in its own ways.
We also launched two new projects this year: The Northern NM Growers & Makers Exchange and the North Central NM Story Cache. The goals of these new projects are to enliven our communities, generate meaningful conversations, draw-out local stories, and celebrate histories and traditions, new and old. The Growers & Makers Exchange champions our local agricultural and artisan networks by localizing our economy with outlets to sell goods and other infrastructural support. The North Cental NM Story Cache is an emerging local oral history project and archive. Look for more on these projects this year!
HUGE thank yous to all who contributed time, energy and resources to LEAP’s endeavors in 2016. Gratitude to our volunteers, collaborators, artists, participants, donors and grant supporters! You all made it possible.
We are looking forward to new adventures together in 2017!