Looking for something to do after your morning visit to the International Balloon Fiesta? Come see visit us at the Rail Yards Market. We are open from 9am to 3pm every Sunday! We showcase some of the finest artists, entertainers and educators in New Mexico. Additionally, we offer the healthiest alternatives brought to you via our local growers and food venues! If this is your first time in Albuquerque you cannot miss the local charisma and charms brought to you at the world-class Rail Yards Market. See you Sunday!
The harvest, a time to collect the gifts given to us by nature and brought about by the labor of our dedicated growers. Harvest Festivals are celebrated world-wide such as Thanksgiving in the US and Canada. Many celebrations are an amalgamation of pagan rituals and the dominant religion. The image above depicts the Harvest Celebration in Poland.
Locally, we have many dedicated growers that avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMO‘s have been shown to be unhealthy and are banned in over 60 countries including the European Union and Japan. It makes obvious sense to shop from our friends and neighbors because it benefits our community economically, nutritionally and socially. At the RYM we feature many local growers that use the Rio Grande to bring us sustenance. Come down and support them and celebrate the most life-giving contribution to our society.
“Imagine all the people living life in peace…You may say I am a dreamer but I am not the only one, I hope someday you will join us and the world will live as one” – John Lennon
International Day of Peace at the UN (video below)
The words of this John Lennon song, Imagine (originally released in 1971), still resonate today. Unfortunately we still have wars scarring our planet at each corner. There is still violence being enacted upon folks on every continent and in every country. We also are subject to economic violence in the form of growing popularity of wage slavery among corporate strategists. Every year, on September 21, since 1984, the world is called upon to take a moment to consider peace: International Peace Day/World Peace Day.
“Imagine all the people sharing the all the world…”
Peace at the Rail Yards Market
At the Rail Yards Market (RYM) we celebrate peace by creating a space where folks from all walks of life within our community, (local merchants, artists, entertainers, vendors, craftsmen, growers, volunteers, organizers…) can occupy for a few hours and feel a kinship among each other. We will be having our own private and public moments to celebrate and promote peace. We hope you join us:
Anyone old enough to remember the 1998 movie, Night at the Roxbury will surely remember how the lead characters played by Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell dance ridiculously to the Haddaway song with the title, “What is Love.” But really, what is love? Have you ever thought about it? I have.
With all due respect to everyone’s faith, paradigm, culture, public and personal beliefs (or lack thereof), I believe and teach my 7 year old daughter that God is Love. But what does that mean? A quick perusal on Merriam Websters Online Dictionary comes up with 9 definitions (not to mention all the sub-definitions). Definition number 4 is closest to my personal definition of Love, “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.” Personally I would replace: the good of another with the good of all.
A Labor of Love
The Rail Yards Market have been a labor of love for all that have been involved in taking it from idea to reality. Fueled by our desire to bring life back to the Rail Yards, and inspired to make our community a more vibrant one, volunteers from all walks of life spend their week planning, meeting and working together to make the RYM the wonderful nexus of our city that it has become. On Sunday mornings, we gather at 6:00 am, look each other in the eye and face-down a 11 hour day together! If that is not Love, then I don’t know what is!
Native Health Initiative
The Native Health Initiative (NHI) is a love-funded, love inspired organization dedicated to addressing health inequities through “Loving Service (a human-to-human element of wanting to serve others, volunteerism).”
“Today is a day to celebrate the work in NM that is love-funded, love-inspired, and which uses love as a framework for healing our world and communities. We feel that money/grants/power, etc. lack the transformative power that love holds to address the injustices we find in our state and world. We want to inspire and encourage you today to see the beauty and power that love has to heal our world, hoping that by us celebrating love today we will begin to find new ways tomorrow and beyond to orient our work likewise!”
Love Inspired Educators
At the Fine Arts Pop-Up Zone we are joined by the VECINOS Artist Collective. VECINOS are collaborative of New Mexican artists who value educational and community driven practice. Our mission is to complement and enhance the activities of organizations in Albuquerque and beyond through participatory artistic collaborations. We believe that investment in the collective well-being of neighborhoods and cities creates a better world. At the Children’s Zone Super Artists/Educator Stephanie Galloway will be guiding the kiddos on love-motivated collage making.
The Traditional Zone – NHI, RAICES, and Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin will join the Rail Yards for Celebrating Love Day in our Traditional Zone bringing with them a cherished community group of Curanderas and Traditional healers and will include an interactive education on traditional/ceremonial tobacco in the spirit of connecting art and culture. Live Arts will feature Patrick CloudFace Burnham will be joining the RYM in the Live Art Zone. His dynamic and bold ‘Celebration of Life in Painting’ is sure to bring smiles to all!
We are all aware that grandparents love to coddle, spoil and splurge their grandchildren in love and tenderness! What many of us have lost sight of is that grandparents serve a crucial societal function as well: the dissemination of culture while providing a living, historical record. Unfortunately in todays’ over-saturated world of marketing messages, many have lost sight of the role our elders play in keeping our community vibrant and keeping us from repeating the mistakes made by previous generations.
In many Latin American countries, parties and festive occasions have a multi-generational flavor and you will often find babies and grandparents indulging in Music, Entertainment and the festive environments. This provides an opportunity for cultural transmit ion through historical recollections. In the US, ageism, created by our friends in the Marketing world, separates folks into non-sensical categories that serve to divide us and robs us of our historical identities. At the Rail Yards Market (RYM) grandparents are welcome and encouraged to participate and enjoy all that the RYM has to offer!
Celebrating Grandparents at the Rail Yards Market
As most of us know, Labor Day is a Federal Holiday but what does it stand for or represent? If you were to go by ads on TV, print and online, you might think it is a holiday celebrating consumerism. For example neither Lowes Home Improvement stores nor Home Depot have any mention of their workers, let alone a thank you to them! It is a holiday to celebrate the work-force, the laborers who form the backbone of our society and make our machines that keep us on the go.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” The first national celebration of Labor Day was held in 1909 in New York City. The holiday itself was the impetus of labor unions scattered around the country.
Celebrating Workers at the Rail Yards Market
Food and Water, we need both to survive, but do we actually ever stop and think who provides both? In the case of water, the respective “Water Authority” of each town/municipality is responsible for providing it. When it comes to food, our “choices” are varied. The big corporate box stores typically import their food from out-of-state or from other countries. Small local shops offer locally grown food options. The several “farmers” markets around town provide the chance to buy locally grown produce directly from the growers themselves.
Rail Yards Market
At the Rail Yards Market (RYM) we are much more than a “farmers” market but we also provide the opportunity to buy locally grown produce from local growers and in a few cases, they will make a meal for you right there on the spot (farm to table). When you shop for your produce from a local grower, you help stimulate the local economy, strengthen your community, while providing healthier food options for your family.
A great emphasis has been placed in educational and political circles on motivating students to study the STEM fields. STEM stand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. According to the U.S. Government’s Education website, internationally, the U.S. is falling behind rapidly in the STEM fields, “Only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Even among those who do go on to pursue a college major in the STEM fields, only about half choose to work in a related career. The United States is falling behind internationally, ranking 25th in mathematics and 17th in science among industrialized nations. In our competitive global economy, this situation is unacceptable.”
STEM + Art = STEAM
STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals. The inclusion of the Arts (and Design) in the STEM paradigm is crucial. The Arts folks are Makers: creators of the physical world we live in. RISD President John Maeda states, “my experience as the President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has reawakened me to the world of physical creation. RISD is the ultimate culture of makers. There is no greater integrity, no greater goal achieved, than an idea articulately expressed through something made with your hands. We call this constant dialogue between eye, mind, and hand “critical thinking — critical making.”
We are fortunate to have the organizers of Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire will be on-hand at the Rail Yards Market this Sunday (August 17) to lead our Educational Zones!
The Rail Yards Market is happy to announce that the Latin Dance Festival will make a pre-festival appearance THIS Sunday, August 17! Performers will be dancing on our Community Stage at 10 am and at 1:00 pm. Here is a little preview:
This community based festival and widely acclaimed salsa “congress” celebrates Latin music, dance, and culture for three days and four nights beginning Thursday, August 21st through Sunday, dance classes will be offered by local and national dance instructors at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This festival includes all age events every day and night. Annual Latin Music and Dance Film & Lecture Series is an academic component to the festival and includes three lecture/multimedia presentations and three films.
This year, presentations include “The History of Salsa”, and “Bachata Dance & Music: Roots, Style, and Evolution”. Film presentations include a feature length dance-love-story premiere entitled “Musical Chairs,” a heart rendering tale where street dancer and trained professional beat the odds in New York City. The film’s producer and choreographer will be in town to present Wednesday, August 20th National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre and are free and open to the in the courtyard of Hotel Albuquerque. Throughout the day, Fridayat 7:00 PM. All films and lectures will be presented at the
On Friday, August, 22ndwith Ivon Ulibarri & Café Mocha. This concert is open to the public and sponsored by the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department & Guanábana Productions, Inc. The Festival culminates in a Main Concert Event Saturday, August 23th from 6:30pm – midnight on a moonlit dance floor at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Plaza Mayor. – Press Release
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The benefits of shopping local are well documented and publicized. For example according to the organization Keep It Querque, “Your dollar recirculates 254% more when you spend it with a Local Retailer. When you dine at a Locally Owned Restaurant your dollar recirculates 287% further.” Therefore a 10% shift would add an additional $179 million to the local economy each year.
The Rail Yards Market (RYM) is committed to promoting local businesses and boosting the local economy by giving small, locally owned businesses increased exposure both at the RYM and outside of it. Vendors are rotated regularly with the emphasis on keeping the RYM fresh and vibrant and exposing visitors to the amazing locally grown produce, food products, arts and crafts. Local produced items, many using local materials, are often created on the spot while you wait. Click the image above for more info.