New Deal Then and Now – Photo Story

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Las Vegas, New Mexico 5th-9th June was the setting for the New Deal Then and Now workshop.

Bringing together some of the best community focussed scholars and experts, the workshop set out to challenge the traditional relationship between academic and community and come up with a blueprint for community led scholarship.

With the focus on empowering communities to develop and sustain working methodologies around collecting and sharing, the week provided a rich and rewarding mixture of presentation and debate around how to do this.

It’s family that matters, and the care and dedication of the participants meant we were well looked after, enjoying insights into the local history from Estevan and Patricia, and good company from the wider team.

Highlights from the 5 day workshop included trips to local Tribal Libraries in Jemez and Laguna and a workshop at Taos Library, which looked to re-interpret photos from the FSA’s historical collection.

New Deal Scholars, taken in the foyer of the fabulous Department of Media Arts and Technology, Las Vegas, New Mexico.
On the Road with Jon Voss, Jemez.
Red Rocks, Pueblo Jemez
Louise Cooper, Service Designer for Shift presenting to the group
New Deal scholar Kathy Flynn takes a tour of New Deal Art at the Taos Volunteer Fire Department
Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez lets us in on the local history of ‘Sangre De Cristo’ The Blood of Christ.
New Mexico landscape, Sangre De Cristo, Rio Grande.
Michelle Magalong explains her project plan.


Monique Davis and Jessica Perkins Smith discussing their approach to community led story sharing.
‘Architecting our own institutions’ Patricia Trujillo refining her input from the week’s work.