Atrisco Heritage Foundation To Manage Unique Cultural Art Project
The Atrisco Companies is honored to support and endorse a unique international collaboration between two historical sister cities. Albuquerque New Mexico and Alburquerque Spain are a world apart but share the same name sake. Soon these two cities will share much more!
To further unite and celebrate the unique history and culture of these two cities, famed New Mexico Fresco Artist, Frederico Vigil, will travel to Spain to paint an interior fresco on the most celebrated wall in the Salon de Plenos, within the Ayuntamiento de Alburquerque. Mr. Vigil was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was inspired by the rich history and culture of the southwest. He created over 20 major frescoes including the famous piece inside the Torreon at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.
“He has spent close to a decade on this monumental 4,000 square foot work, the largest concave fresco in North America. Over 3,000 years of Hispanic history are depicted in the broadest sense, from Europe to Mesoamerica and into the American Southwest, illustrating the complexities and diversity of the Hispanic experience.” (www.nationalhispaniccenter.org)
Mr. Vigil will arrive in Spain in early August, 2015 and return home in late December, 2015. Throughout this rigorous 5 month schedule, Mr. Vigil will apply his talents in the creation of a fresco mural that will bring together the histories and cultures of the two cities. Some of the New Mexico imagery proposed for the project includes Native Indian Pueblo irrigation and foods, celebrations, Matachines, Corn Dancers, and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This project is a collaboration between the two cities and is enthusiastically and mutually supported by Mayors, Richard Berry (USA) and Angel Vadillo Espino (Spain). Both cities will fund this endeavor in partnership with private and public donors.
The Atrisco Heritage Foundation has been chosen as the fiscal agency to administratively manage this very important cultural art project between our two cities.
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Beautifying El Campo Santo's Cemeteries
Over the past three years El Campo Santo has made significant improvements to the aesthetics of all three cemeteries. Preserving our El Campo Santo is the same as preserving our heritage. An effort which we believe is fundamental to our organizations. With each cemetery we have undertaken projects to improve the cultural look and appeal. At Santa Clara we re-constructed the bottom entry wall and updated the mural with two lovely angels and beautiful mountains with a blue sky background. We brightened up Evangelico with vibrant, colorful flowers on the inner south and east block wall, as well as added a serene and calming mural to the front of Evangelico. At San Jose, we renovated the pavilion and added a table so families can gather, sit down, and relax when visiting their loved ones. Colorful murals have also been added to San Jose de Armijo inner walls, enhancing the charm of our beloved cemeteries. We have also started to add monumental land marks. The first example of this is at San Jose Cemetery where we added three white rod iron crosses created by on of our very own local artists from the South Valley who is also an heir to the Atrisco Land Grant. The crosses can be seen as you drive into the cemetery to the east of the pavilion. The three crosses have a profound image and send out a message of peace and tranquility. As well, they add to the beautiful view of our Sandia Mountains now.
Our cemeteries are deeply rooted within our community and provide our community a link to our ancestors. Our cemeteries also embody diverse religious practices, as well as have strong cultural affiliations that tie into each family's traditions and personal preferences. El Campo Santo will continue to make improvements and place inspirational and culturally relevant landmarks throughout our cemeteries. Please be sure to take note the next time you happen to visit your loved ones!
Anita Lucero, El Campo Santo Manager