Mural artists seek more money

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By David Giuliani

A local group says it needs more money from the city for a downtown mural.

A few months ago, Casa de Cultural, a nonprofit group that promotes the area’s culture, got $15,000 from the city for the mural, which will be called, “The People’s History of Northern New Mexico.”

The mural will be on the north end of the old Safeway parking lot at Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue.

At last week’s City Council meeting, Casa de Cultura requested an additional $10,000, saying money from other sources has fallen through.

Of that money, Casa de Cultura’s Miguel Angel said $6,000 would go to compensate four teaching assistants on the project and $6,000 for Rock Ulibarri, who will direct the project.

“To complete the project, we would like the city to extend a little more of its generosity,” Ulibarri said.

He said the contract states that the design will be pending the city’s approval so there is nothing controversial.

The council made no decision on Casa de Cultura’s request.

Casa de Cultura has been active on the local arts scene over the last few years. A few months ago, it unveiled its “Health is a Human Right” mural inside the El Centro Family Health building on Eighth Street.