Conference Calendar

#9. Interpreting Our Connections (Cultural Corridors Track)
Nov 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

The cultural corridors of New Mexico are deeply carved through the landscapes of history, art and culture. For centuries, New Mexico roads and trails linking ancient communities also connect architectural landmarks, archaeological sites, artists, businesses, memories, myths and legends. This session will offer innovative cultural heritage tourism strategies that interpret and share rich community resources with visitors and residents alike. Blogger Jon Knudsen will describe his adventures traveling by bicycle and using the new “Off the Road” website as his guide. Kathy Hendrickson has touched an unheralded tour theme in the legacy of Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railroad. Mike Pitel shares a lifetime of experience offering tours of the “Mother Road” on Route 66, and Carol Cooper shares her pioneering work in creating the popular New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail.


Jon Knudsen, blogger, bike rider, writer, traveler, and retired teacher

Kathy Hendrickson, Owner / Operator, Southwest Detours, Las Vegas, NM

Mike Pitel, Founder, TravelSource New Mexico

Carol Cooper, arts and culture consultant


Elmo Baca, New Mexico MainStreet Program Associate

#11. Cultural Bridges: Connecting Across Cultures (Cultural Corridors Track)
Nov 5 @ 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

The ability to speak between cultures, to create space for a creative nexus between peoples, to build a stronger resilient community that not only embraces our past but also builds for future generations — that  comes from our ability to develop a spirit of common understanding and mutually respectful dialogue. Being a creative community relies on our ability to communicate with different cultures and bridge cultural divides. In this increasingly multicultural and multigenerational world, the importance of art and story-telling can have a huge impact on minimizing the distance between cultural “islands”. Where and how do we allow creative space to happen to build healthy, vibrant communities?  This workshop will focus on the power of artistry, history and cultural competence in building community resilience and collaboration.  The session will include a group dialogue with participants on bridging across a wide range of community and cultural issues in New Mexico.


Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, cultural worker, and Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University, Aspen Institute – Franklin Project Ambassador

Jasmine Sena y Cuffee, community organizer, poet and youth advocate

Alejandro Lopez, artist and educator

Roxane Spruce Bly, consultant in community-based strategic planning, program development and evaluation


Eduardo X. Martinez, Organizational Development Program Associate, New Mexico MainStreet

#12. Cultural Landscapes and the Arts in New Mexico
Nov 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

New Mexico has an important tradition of art in the 20th century. Artists working alone or in schools have produced works of art that have helped shape the image of New Mexico. This session will explore the concept of the cultural landscape by looking at the places where artists worked, such as homes, studios, and en plein air and the subjects they chose to paint. Cultural landscapes can be expansive because they embrace both the built environment as well as features of the natural landscape. Speakers in this session will address Georgia O’Keefe and the landscapes she painted near her home in Abiquiu and Peter Hurd, who painted the people and landscapes of the Hondo Valley, where he lived. The National Register of Historic Places will be discussed as a means to identify, evaluate, and document these important cultural landscapes.


Sara Woodbury, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Roswell Museum and Art Center

Robert A. Kret, Director, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum


Steven Moffson, State and National Register Coordinator, New Mexico Historic Preservation Division