THE CHIMAYO CULTURAL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION
CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brenda Romero, President
Andrew P. Ortega, Treasurer
Cathy Berryhill, Secretary
Aida Luz Gonzalez, Parliamentarian; Los Maestros Director
Shelley Winship, Member
Don J. Usner, Member
Patsy Chavez, Member
CHIMAYO MUSEUM CURATOR
LOS MAESTROS COORDINATOR
PAST CCPA PROJECTS
The Acequia de los Ortegas Project
In 1995, the CCPA received a grant from the McCune Charitable Trust to stabilize the upper sections of the historic Ortega Ditch. Before the work was completed in 1997, this area of the ditch was frequently obstructed by rock slides, willows and floods that clogged it with debris. The flow and health of the ditch was greatly improved and gardens and orchards benefited.
The Oratorio de San Buenaventura Restoration Project
This chapel in Chimayo's Plaza del Cerro was in immediate danger of structural damage due to a leaking roof and other threats. With help from the Thaw Charitable Trust and Cornerstones Community Partnerships, the historic chapel was saved from impending collapse.
"Chimayo Revisited" Photograph Archives and Exhibit
Under the leadership of CCPA board member Peter Malmgren, the association with the support of its members began collecting vintage photographs depicting life in Chimayo and surrounding communities at the turn of the twentieth century. The collection traveled to several locations before becoming the core of our exhibit at the Chimayo Museum. Conducting oral history interviews was part of the project.
The Greenways Project
CCPA board member Don Usner initiated this survey of "greenways and open space" in the Chimayo area. A final report and map reviewed the condition of the two rivers that flow into the Chimayo Valley, the five acequias in the upper valley and catalogued the trails and dirt roads around Chimayo.
El Potrero Project
With a start-up grant from the Thaw Charitable Trust, the CCPA began looking at possibilities for preserving the vegas / potreros behind the Santuario de Chimayo. This pasture land is one of the largest pieces of traditional farm and grazing land left in Chimayo. With the active participation of Santa Fe County and the Land Trust, most of the open space was rescued from development.
The Chimayo Weaving Project
Lucy Collier, CCPA board member, led the effort to recognize the accomplishments of Chimayo's weavers. It was funded by grants from the N.M. Endowment for the Humanities, the McCune Foundation and private donations. The project included an inventory of old weavings, oral histories from elderly weavers, lectures, workshops, weaving classes for children and an exhibit.
The Espanola Valley Student Art Show
Andrew Ortega, CCPA board member, spearheaded this project for twenty years. For fourteen of those years, the student art show was run under the auspices of the CCPA. Art students from area high schools were given an opportunity to show and sell their work and to receive recognition for their outstanding efforts.
The Chimayo Festival Studio Tour
The annual studio tour provided the opportunity for people to visit the homes / studios of local artists and craftspeople. Local businesses including galleries and weaving shops held special events. It was an economic benefit to the community and an opportunity for locals and visitors to get to know Chimayo's creative side.
Chimayo Preservation Plan
In cooperation with the Chimayo Citizens for Community Planning, the CCPA administered the project to develop a "Chimayo Preservation Plan". The plan is a guide to preserving Chimayo's historic and cultural resources. It is part of the effort to create a community development plan for Chimayo. The preservation plan was funded in part by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Office.