In 2008, Littleglobe launched its first Common Ground project in rural New Mexico. Commissioned by the NM Arts and Social Justice Committee and in partnership with The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Southwest Organizing Project, Littleglobe chose to base its first rural collaboration in the small town of Cuba and the two eastern Diné (Navajo) villages of Ojo Encino and Torreon. These interrelated communities are deeply affected by racism, poverty and homelessness. The struggle to survive reinforces differences between these communities, and yet they share a basic desire for connection and growth.
During the fall of 2007, the Littleglobe team visited the area, getting to know firefighters, teachers, health care workers, artists and a wide range of other community residents in the TOC area. From January to June, 150 residents (including high school students at Cuba High School and middle school students in Ojo Encino and Torreon), ages 5-85, came together on a weekly basis for fellowship, creative exercises, and community dialogue. The diverse ensemble then created and produced a multi-media festival of music, original films, movement, spoken word, poetry that reflected the history, challenges, joys and dreams of the group. The Common Ground TOC Festival was a testament to communities coming together, across many boundaries, to create a collective vision. Residents subsequently formed the TOC Regional Community Council/I-YOU, now administering art and community development projects in the area. Littleglobe continues to work with the council, supporting their impressive efforts toward transforming their community.
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