Here’s a look at what’s happening in the community:
A $20,000 planning grant was awarded during a collaborative meeting titled “A Community Conversation” last week at the Global Resource Center on the WNMU campus. Participants representing non-profits and funding agencies gathered to work on community project possibilities and create proposals in the specific areas if the arts, childcare, non-profit leadership, workforce training and youth development. The winning proposal addressed the area of “Workforce Development”. The grant was made possible through the Lineberry Foundation and a steering committee comprised of the Grant County Community Foundation, United Way of Southwest New Mexico, Freeport McMoRan’s Community Development Program, and the Southwest Council of Governments.
Today, the New Mexico Department of Health Immunization Program announces the launch of two new interactive maps to help residents find a vaccination provider nearest them. One map is created specifically to help parents of children search for a “Vaccines For Children” provider and the other will assist uninsured adults to link to a nearby healthcare provider that offers immunizations for New Mexicans without medical insurance. Both maps can be found on the NMDOH’s Immunization Program’s webpage at nmhealth.org.
Deming Mainstreet held a celebration of the recently renovated Leyendecker Plaza located at Gold and Spruce Streets in downtown Deming. The ceremony also served as a re-dedication of the plaza and paid tribute to long time local preservationist advocate and banker, Claude Leyendecker. The renovated plaza includes a new fountain design, decorative pergolas and a shaded area for seating.
Judy Miller, received the New Mexico Art Education Association “Retired Educator of the Year” on Saturday at the NMAEA annual Conference in Roswell. Judy served for many years mostly a G.W Stout Elementary teaching visual arts to the students. Her training with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts allowed her to share her knowledge and experience with many students and other teachers. The New Mexico Art Education Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization created by art educators for art educators from across our state of New Mexico. NMAEA is an affiliate of the National Art Education Association of over 20,000 members from across the country.