Santa Fe has released its first community survey as part of a process to address public art and monuments.

The survey asks participants three questions about Santa Fe’s history and culture:

  • How can we come to a fuller understanding of the history of Santa Fe?
  • How can we build healthier relationships while acknowledging our differences?
  • How can we become good ancestors to our children, their children and generations to come?

Responses to the questions, limited to 300 words each, will help inform the city’s Culture, History, Art, Reconciliation and Truth process, according to a news release.

While city officials and previous mayors have voiced a need to discuss controversial monuments, a formal process wasn’t created until after a group of protesters pulled the Plaza obelisk, known as the Soldiers Monument, from its base on Indigenous Peoples Day last year.

In July, the city selected the Albuquerque-based nonprofit Artful Life to run the CHART process, led by co-directors Valerie Martinez and Jenice Gharib.

The process is expected to run through at least May.

Martinez and Gharib plan to hire eight to 12 CHART facilitators. They expect to hold a meeting with finalists in the last week of September.

Team training will take place after Sept. 30, and each facilitator will be paid $20 to $30 an hour for five to 10 hours of work per week.

According to the city news release, more than 150 people signed up to be considered as a facilitator before the application period closed Sept. 3, and more than 300 others signed up to be CHART discussion participants.

The survey can be found at chartsantafe.com.

(5) comments

Barry Rabkin

How about: How can the City of Santa Fe ensure that the laws of our City, including the laws dealing with the legal means of removing our monuments on City property, always are complied with regardless if the monuments upsets any one person or multiple people?

Richard Reinders

So who followed the law, I thought in both cases it was punks in the middle of the night without benefit of the law , the first when Webber ordered a crew in the middle of the night and when he encouraged people the second time to pull it down. Both case were illegal and with out the law or City Council procedure. So from what I can see the law has never been followed.

Richard Reinders

I guess it is easy to get the answers you want with loaded questions like this "How can we build healthier relationships while acknowledging our differences?" It assumes that people have difference, of course they do but they work it out as they evolve. IMO this questionnaire and the CHART process is loaded and one sided to gain a result for the founder Alan Webber. Just remember an attack on the Hispanics is an attack on the Indigenous in New Mexico.

Patrick Brockwell

A weak question will yield a weak response. Let's ask: What are the obstacles in building a more connected community?" Where are the opportunities to build better connections within out community? Who is being left out of the discussion? How do we find a way to include them? Can we create a community celebration for this day and age? Can we create a space for an inclusive history of the region? What would that look like? Webber's agenda doesn't really include accomplishing much besides burnishing his image, and he hasn't done very well at that. Webber won't get anywhere with this exercise, look how far he's come with the Mid-Town Campus "plan". I bet he ends up treating CHART like the Plaza, it will get messy and he will disappear.

Richard Reinders

[thumbup] well said

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