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Barelas Youth Artist Team

"Sunset Mix"

The Barelas Youth Artist Team began working together in the fall of 2019, making art together, surveying the neigborhood, hosting events, and more. All are residents of the Barelas neighborhood. They are:


Delilah Montoya

Joseph Furlow

Angelina Lucero

Mercedes Perez-Chavez

Lina Sanchez

Delilah Tapia

Jaylene Torres

Danna Velasquez

Dante Wisch

Each teen brought neighborhood perspectives and art to the mural design, making it a place- and people-based mural.

Photo by Roberto Rosales

Reyes Padilla

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Reyes Padilla currently lives and works in Albuquerque. His paintings, murals, and site-specific installations have sold to a variety of collectors and museums, including the State of New Mexico, The City Of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Padilla's installation titled, ¡Mira, Look!, was purchased for the permanent collection of Explora Science Center and Museum in Albuquerque in 2016. He has been awarded a fellowship with SOMOS ABQ. In 2019 he received the Distinguished Alumni Of the Year award from Central New Mexico Community College.


Reyes joined the Barelas Youth Artist Team in November of 2020 to work collaboratively to co-create a design for the mural. The mural design was inspired by the teens outreach and engagement with the community (from the fall of 2019 to January 2021); their perspectives about their home, the historic neighborhood of Barelas; and Padilla's contributions to the collaborative process.

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María Teresa Herrera Bustamante

Project Coordinator

María is an English As A Second Language (ESL), EL Civics, and Digital Literacy educator. Her energy and love for the arts has guided her to express herself through the performing arts: music, dance, theatre, and film. Her acting credits include: Spider Woman Stories with Two Worlds, Native Theater and Performing Arts, Working Classroom’s Solving For X, Real Women Have Curves, Estoy En El Rincón, El Vagón and La Casa de Bernarda Alba with Teatro Nuevo México, Aye, No! with Camino Real Productions, and Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima and Farolitos of Christmas, Shakespeare on the Plaza: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Rosalinda with The Vortex Theatre. Maria was also the choreographer and an actor in the musical Four Guys Name Jose Y Una Mujer Named Maria at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Maria is a founding member of Hembras de Pluma, a collective of women artists. Most recently Maria was in Los Lobos, a film directed by Samuel Kishi Leopo, released on HBO Max in August 2020. María is from Albuquerque's South Valley, the fifth of seven children born to Mexican parents, a source of pride for her as they instilled in her the importance of honoring her roots. When she is not teaching or working on an artistic venture, you might find her spending time with family, crafting a song, or dancing to salsa.

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Valerie Martinez

Director, Artful Life

Valerie Martínez is the Founding Director of Artful Life which is dedicated to transforming communities through place-based, collaborative art.

She has been working with the Barelas community since 2015. Valerie has extensive experience as a project director for large-scale arts and community engagement projects including El Puente, Avenue ID, Stories of Route 66: The International District; EKCO,  Rivers Run Through Us, The Santa Fe Bus Opera; Lifesongs, Lines and Circles and Women & Creativity. She travels and speaks widely about arts-based community development programs and the potential for art to meaningfully address issues of urgency in underserved neighborhoods. She was the Poet Laureate for the City of Santa Fe from 2008-2010. Valerie was born and raised in Santa Fe, has degrees from Vassar College and the University of Arizona, and has lived in Albuquerque since 2005.

Terra Reed

Safe Streets Coordinator

City of Albuquerque

Terra Reed is the Vision Zero - Safe Streets Coordinator at the City of Albuquerque. Vision Zero is a commitment that no one should be killed or seriously injured while moving through our city, whether they are walking, riding a bicycle, driving, taking transit, or moving some other way. As a bicycle commuter, walker, and runner, Terra believes deeply in this mission and seeks to foster safer street design, better transportation policy, and open dialog about how to make streets more equitable and safer for everyone in Albuquerque. Prior to her current position, Terra was a long range planner with the City, writing policy and regulation and developing outreach and engagement opportunities and tools. Terra holds a BA in Planning, Public Policy, and Management from the University of Oregon and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.