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July 8, 2021
CHART Consultant Hearings

Governing Body to Consider Consultant Proposed to Lead Process. Committee Hearings Today, Tomorrow, Next Week

The City of Santa Fe announces another milestone in the Culture, History, Art, Reconciliation and Truth process that’s known by the acronym CHART.

Through the procurement a Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued on March 8, 2021, and proposals were due on April 6, 2021. A selection committee operating under strict procurement code guidelines scored the applications. The selection committee is recommending that Artful Life be awarded the contract to lead the process.

REMINDER: City Council committee hearings on the award of the contract begin this week and continue next week. The agendas and packets will be available on Search - PrimeGov Portal. Meetings begin at 5 p.m. and can be viewed on the City of Santa Fe YouTube channel.

  • Finance Committee on July 6;
  • Quality of Life Committee on July 7;
  • Public Works and Utilities Committee on July 12;
  • The Governing Body is expected to vote on the consulting contract on July 14, 2021.

At the January 13, 2021, Governing Body Meeting the Substitute CHART resolution was unanimously approved and the entire Governing Body co-sponsored the resolution. Read the final, adopted text of the resolution here:

About Artful Life

Valerie Martinez is the lead and Founding Director of Artful Life. She was born and raised in Santa Fe, and is a former Poet Laureate of the City (2008-20010). She descends from Pueblo, Dine and Hispanic ancestors, and has 13 years of expertise in facilitating community-based teams. She was the Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from February 2018 to July 2021. Learn more about her here: Valerie Martinez, Founder.

Jenice Gharib, the co-director of Artful Life, is an arts administrator with a special interest in community and economic development through the arts. She is currently the Grants Program & Policy Director for New Mexico Arts, the state arts agency,

Members of the public are encouraged to sign up for updates on the CHART webpage and to join the process when it gets underway.

Read a CHART Update Fact Sheet here.




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