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New Mexico Mural Art Features Endangered Species, Migration Themes

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023   

The Village of Doña Ana is New Mexico's oldest federally designated settlement, and about to be the newest destination for public art.

The Endangered Species Coalition is spearheading mural projects in locations across the U.S. this year - celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

Raquel Madrigal, a mural artist who was chosen for two projects in southern New Mexico, said the mural in Doña Ana includes images of the endangered boreal owl and Gila monster lizard. She believes the accessibility of public art promotes community.

"People don't have to take time out of their day to go to a gallery. They don't have to find a babysitter. They don't have to pay an entrance fee," Madrigal explained. "They've got to walk by, they've just got to drive by, and they see a story. And that's something I'm very passionate about with murals is bringing art to the community."

Madrigal noted community members will be invited to add the final touches to the mural. The event this Friday begins at 3 p.m. and is scheduled in conjunction with Endangered Species Day.

Israel Chávez, chair of the Doña Ana Village Association, said as the humanitarian crisis at the border continues, New Mexico has always played a dual role in migration - helping immigrants find a new life in the U.S., and protecting endangered species such as wolves.

"Then you think of the more stark examples like the monarch butterfly, other migratory animals whose ability to migrate has been impeded because we as a society kind-of punish that, and then tying that back to the human rights element of migration at the border," Chávez outlined.

Madrigal emphasized the mural's theme highlights lost resources making both migration and immigration necessary.

"I come from a family that immigrated to America and I see a lot of narratives that don't really represent who we are," Madrigal added.

The Endangered Species Act is credited with saving 99% of listed species from extinction. To date, more than 100 species of plants and animals have been delisted based on recovery, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Disclosure: The Endangered Species Coalition contributes to our fund for reporting on Endangered Species and Wildlife. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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