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The goal of the CHART project is to foster mutual understanding of shared values among the people of Santa Fe/Oga Po'gay from diverse backgrounds. Though sparked by controversies about monuments and statues, the project is much broader in scope and purpose.


 Ultimately, citizens who participate in the process will contribute to a body  of information, feedback, and data that will determine forward-looking solutions to historic problems in the form of recommendations to the City of Santa Fe Governing Body.


This is the beginning of an ongoing effort to learn and understand our 

complex histories and stories, and to promote truth, healing, and 

reconciliation for a future of peace and justice.


The evolution of the original City resolution, from inception to its final form, exemplifies democracy in action. The original proposal was for the

formation of a committee that would deliberate and make recommendations

for the disposition of monuments and statues that became controversial flashpoints.


Upon further research and reflection, it was decided that far better outcomes would be achieved through a grassroots process that invites and facilitates community-member-to- community-member dialogue.


The project will unfold over 12 months to include surveys, one-on-one interviews, art activations, a cultural history series, community dialogue sessions, implicit andanti-racism training sessions for City officials, City staff and/or others, a 

Community Solutions Table, and a report with recommendations for 

consideration by the Governing Body.

Because truth, healing and reconciliation are, by necessity, part of a continual, years-long process, CHART will build on past and existing initiatives to

nurture a strong foundation for continuing work.


As Artful Life launches the CHART (Culture, History, Art, Reconciliation,

and Truth) project in Santa Fe/Oga Po’geh, we invite residents of the city

and county to join us in this collective undertaking.


We are especially inspired by the words of the historic September 2018 city proclamation that resulted from one year of conversations between the All Pueblo Council of Governors, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the Caballeros

de Vargas, and the Santa Fe Fiesta Council.