100% New Mexico Initiative


100% Mural Project

PLEASE NOTE: This page contains supplemental information for attendees of the 100% New Mexico initiative Power Hours. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please register here. This page also guides local readiness workshops for county initiatives.

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100% Mural Project

We are providing the slides and narrative text used in the 100% Mural Project webinar being offered by the Anna, Age Eight Institute. The webinar is designed to give 100% New Mexico initiative members an overview of key concepts and issues related to implementing the initiative in their county with a focus on strengthening the community schools model in each county. Currently ten counties are engaged in the initiative.

Webinar participants are encouraged to enroll in the 100% Power Hour webinar series for more background in the initiative. We also invite you to use this page for local presentations in order to increase public awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, social adversity and the data-driven prevention strategy of community schools.

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Before we begin our presentation, we want to allow for a moment of quiet reflection. Please take a minute to perform the self-care of your choice.

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The learning objectives of the 100% Mural Project are that participants completing the webinar will be able to describe an overview of: the 100% New Mexico initiative, health and safety challenges students endure do to the impact of ACEs, trauma and social adversity; the public awareness strategy of mural painting; the power of culture and art to heal; and getting started.

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Participant Guidelines: The 100% Power Hour process is designed to create a vehicle for building awareness of the initiative and serve as a catalyst for ongoing local community dialogue. The presentation design follows the “teach the teacher” format, developed to allow participants to provide the presentation to their initiative members and local stakeholders. To create an environment for community dialogue, we offer simple guidelines.

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Acknowledgements: We acknowledge the contribution of all initiative members across the state who have been part of the iterative process of developing the 100% New Mexico initiative to meet the unique needs of rural and urban families, as well as those serving culturally and economically diverse populations in the south and west. We also are grateful to the state and local lawmakers who have supported the initiative.

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PART ONE: 100% New Mexico initiative: Challenges and Solutions

The 100% New Mexico initiative, like many health initiatives across the state and country, seeks to prevent the costly challenges that diminish the lives of children, students and adults. We don’t lack data that documents our students’ health and safety challenges. Every state department of health provides data on the incidence of illness, injury and violence, along with reports that detail our students’ troubling experiences with challenges outside the home. We don’t lack data to illustrate how many of our students are struggling with schoolwork or dropping out. We know the risk for ongoing substance use disorders, violence, untreated mental health challenges and joblessness.

We are united in ensuring that 100% of county residents have access to the ten vital services for surviving and thriving. This presentation will provide an overview of one of the three key strategies for empowering students and families called the community schools model.

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The 100% New Mexico initiative is the centerpiece of the Anna, Age Eight Institute’s programming. It was developed by institute co-directors Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello who are the co-authors of Anna, Age Eight and 100% Community.

Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment guides communities in addressing epidemic rates of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that occur in the home and social adversity that families face outside their door. The book also addresses the role of schools in preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma.

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100% Community: Ensuring 10 vital services for surviving and thriving is the blueprint that 100% New Mexico initiative participants are using to assess barriers to vital service and build a countywide system of care that includes timely access to vital services. The book details how we collaborate to build the services in each county. One of the ten vital services would be a fully-resourced community school.

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The 100% New Mexico initiative is working, county by county, to ensure the ten vital services for surviving and thriving. Our children, students and families can only struggle without these services shown to increase health, safety and resilience for residents of all ages. The initiative aligns the local work of county and city leaders committed to health equity and racial justice.

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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are ten forms of adversity, abuse and neglect that children endure in the home. As we begin, we wish to point out as many as a fourth to half our students are enduring the ten ACEs. Even those students who may be fortunate enough to score a 0 on the ten-question ACEs survey navigate a homelife, school and community of those with much higher scores.

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The impact of ACEs does not stay in the home. Almost all our costly health and social challenges can be traced back to ACEs, trauma and the ways people cope with damaged families. Adults with untreated trauma due to ACEs can struggle to learn, parent, work and become a contributing member of the community.

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Social adversity arrives once one steps outside their door. Adversity in the form of service barriers, discimination, lack of access to the internet and living in areas without good paying jobs can diminish the lives of children, students, parents, caregiving grandparents and all county residents.

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Our initiative is guided by a “Framework for Change.” In our “Framework for Change” action is the “D” part of the four-phase continuous quality improvement process. Action, including fundraising, is all part of the change process that leads us to “E” and engagement. This means leadership and a local movement committed to our desired result: 100% of our kids and families thrive.

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The county initiative teams are building and strengthening relationships with a variety of partners on the state, county and city levels. The partners are key to securing funding and support for local 100% New Mexico projects.

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Change agents work on our three key strategies: 1) creating a 100% Family Center which is a “one-stop shop” and central hub for ten vital services, 2) making every school a fully-resourced community school which serves as a service hub with ten services, and 3) ensuring internet access across the county to make web-based services and supports a reality.

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REFLECTION QUESTION: What role can art and culture have in strengthening community health?

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PART TWO: What is the 100% Mural Project designed to do?

Our 100% New Mexico survey of parents and youth makes clear the disparities and adversity our resident’s endure. There is much work to be done across a county that requires the participation of elected leaders, agency directors and residents. The 100% Mural Project is designed to increase public awareness of the 100% New Mexico initiative and the need to address ACEs, trauma and social adversity.

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Part Two begins with the understanding that the mural project is far more than just painting a mural. It’s a community engagement process that shares a powerful message about the importance of taking care of one another. Everyone. Everywhere. 100%.

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The 100% Mural Project, part of the local New Mexico initiative (or a process to gain buy-in for the local initiative) starts with a local stakeholder identifying a team of muralists and artists from across the county. These creative residents are encouraged to engage young people in the mural, making it a mentoring event. Murals can be a long term project or a 2-day pop-up mural event.

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The mural design, implementation and community celebration are all designed to engage residents and increase public awareness of the county’s challenges and opportunities for creating cities and communities where 100% have access to the vital services for surviving and thriving.

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“100%” is not just a percentage, it’s the goal of the 100% New Mexico initiative. Each mural incorporates the “100%” into their mural design--whether large or a small element.

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100% can thrive when the community works together with a shared vision.

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Murals can also share a story about overcoming adversity and turning the world of “no, we can’t do that,” to “Yes, we can.” We are working to fix a status quo that has not worked for many families.

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REFLECTION QUESTION: How can you identify local artists and muralists who seek to engage in community dialogue about 100% thriving?

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PART THREE: One mural or a series?

There are a number of ways for the 100% Mural Project to proceed.

A local stakeholder can plan one pop-up mural and in two days have a powerful mural and message. An artist’s reception brings artists and stakeholders together to celebrate and share the message of compassion and creativity.

A community could plan a series of murals to tell a larger story about health, safety and taking care of one another.

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The 100% Mural Series. One idea to consider is a 10-mural series, each one focused on one of the ten vital services for surviving and thriving. Artists can be invited to create imaginative ways to show “food and abundance,” “shelter and safety from the storms,” “transport around the county in a future of flying cars.” The murals are designed to start conversations and community dialogue about the future of the county and how it can take care of 100% of residents with vital services and a vision of everyone thriving.

Please view our Power Hour: 100% Family Centers

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A mural series downtown can become a walking mural tour. Websites and apps can be developed to share a story about each mural, the vision of 100%, and how each service contributes to our health and safety.

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The 100% Mural project is a way to bring together artists of all ages, each painter and muralist with a story to share about growing up with challenges and opportunities. The project strengthens a network of local artists who can support change agents and the work of the 100% New Mexico initiative.

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PART FOUR: Bringing communities together with art

The mural project is a celebration of creativity and caring. The mural reception is a key part of the process, bringing together artists, elected leaders, family-serving agency staff and the public. The reception for muralists is a way to bring awareness to the 100% New Mexico initiative, promoting the goals of health equity and social justice.

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The mural project celebrates local creativity and can be a powerful tool for engaging the public. Much of the work of the 100% New Mexico initiative is long term infrastructure building that may appear invisible for a time. The mural is a way to show movement and steps toward progress. It’s not abstract. The artful expression on a wall is something you can see and touch.

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Each mural is an invitation for families to engage in community service and learn about the power of art and culture. As our muralists tell us, “Art is medicine” and, “La cultura cures.”

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The mural is a signpost, guiding residents from the world of, “We can’t fix things,” to “Anything is possible with creativity.”

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REFLECTION QUESTION: How could a local mural project bring community stakeholders together to support the 100% New Mexico initiative?

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NEXT STEPS: Reflect on the presentation and your notes. Review the books and links to research provided. Reach out to colleagues, friends, family, neighbors and local elected leaders to discuss the 100% New Mexico initiative. We have designed this presentation so that it can be used with local elected officials within city and county government and school board members, agency leaders (representing the ten vital services), representatives from local higher education, faith-based and community-based organizations and your neighbors and friends.

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Consider registering for the next 100% Power Hour 7-part webinar series to learn more about the 100% New Mexico initiative. We hope to see you there. For any questions about the webinar series, the initiative, research guiding the process or practical steps in starting the initiative, please contact us annaageeight@nmsu.edu.

Additional Resources


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