New Mexico Mural Commemorates Endangered Species Act

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DOÑA ANA — A collaboration of artists and partners presents the first of a series of monumental murals. 50th year On May 19, at 3:00 pm, the Endangered Species Act went into effect in Doña Ana.

The event will feature a community celebration with creative activities for youth and the opportunity to see murals in progress. Migration: A Natural Act is a striking depiction of the natural majesty of southwestern New Mexico, with a particular focus on endangered fauna.

A mural at 135 Jo Gutierrez Street in Doña Ana (Las Cruces) highlights the Boreal Owl, the Skull Monster, and two endangered species of fish: the Chihuahua Mab and the Roundtail Mab. Migration is a recurring theme in this work, with rivers symbolizing the innate movement of humans and animals across the landscape. The river depicted in the mural is a powerful force that breathes new life into the terrain and restores vitality.

A cottonwood tree, endemic to the community of Doña Ana, towers over the corner of the mural, providing a poignant reminder of the area’s rich natural heritage.

“Despite the obstacles faced by the endangered species depicted in the mural, the overarching message of this work is one of hope. and communicate what can be considered to revive the vitality of the region,” said artist Raquel Madrigal. “This mural is a beautiful tribute to the importance of protecting the natural world and its diverse fauna.”

endangered species law 50th anniversary The mural series focuses on flora and fauna protected by the Endangered Species Act and highlights the ecological and cultural diversity of regions within the United States. Not only the currently listed endangered species, but also those that have recovered thanks to this landmark legislation will be featured. Murals will be installed throughout 2023 in regions across the United States, including Oregon, Arizona, Massachusetts, Florida and other states.

About the artist

Raquel Madrigal is a multidisciplinary artist with a fine arts degree, best known for her engaging murals, posters and zines that incorporate her unique poetry. Her murals, in particular, are noted for their powerful stories that highlight the struggles and triumphs of working-class families and the endangered species of southern New Mexico.

About the Doña Ana Village Association

The Doña Ana Village Association (DAVA) was established in 2021 as a result of several community conversations that demonstrated a serious need for community organizing and representation. The village of Doña Ana is the oldest federally designated colonia in southern New Mexico, with representation limited to legislators and county commissioners.

About the 50-year-old ESA

The 50th anniversary of 2023 will support the Endangered Species Act by celebrating conservation achievements, highlighting the need for conservation, and reminding the public and decision makers why we protect plants, fish and wildlife. and unique year-round opportunities to build support for endangered species. They are loved and integral to the traditions we share as Americans. As in 1973, an unprecedented coalition of institutions, associations and non-profits is coming together to commemorate this protected heritage.

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