Belonging is a community-engagement, participatory project with three components: storytelling workshops with immigrant groups to elicit personal stories of place, home, and belonging; site-related place markers with excerpts of narratives and creative response activities; and a ‘zine (self-published magazine) with a map of the place markers. Albuquerque, NM-based community-engaged project organized by Sanitary Tortilla Factory artist-in-residence Christine Wong Yap during Summer 2017.

Thirteen Places of Belonging are commemorated with hand-painted signs.

1. 2nd Street SW

between Lead and Coal / a creative community / Nominated by Jessamyn Lovell.

2. Working Classroom

423 Atlantic Ave SW / a safe zone / Nominated by Analy Morales, Estephania Valencia, Ana P. Palma, and Keily Castro.

3. The Box

100 Gold Ave SW / my place in Albuquerque / Nominated by Carolyn Meyer.

4. National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th St SW / self-discovery, identity / Nominated by Monica Bencomo.

5. Riverside Dr. SW

off La Vega Dr SW / be of service to my community / Nominated by Barbara Bell.

6. Flamenco Community @ UNM

Carlisle Gym, Central Campus / music, challenge, sincere support / Nominated by Zahra Marwan.

7. Old Town

Old Town Plaza / ancestry, history / Nominated by Lucila Lozoya.

8. The Bosque

Paseo Del Bosque Trail / my favorite place in the whole world / Nominated by Jamie P and anonymous.

9. Sagebrush Church

6440 Coors Blvd NW / unconditional love / Nominated by Jamie.

10. Saranam

1100 Eubank Blvd NE / accepted, peaceful / Nominated by Gabby, Yudima Valdes Mesa.

11. Los Altos Pool

10100 Lomas Blvd NE / motivated to try harder / Nominated by Manuel Castillo.

12. TRiO @ CNM, Montoya Campus

TW Building, 4900 Morris St NE / where my tribe is / Nominated by Molly Stephens.

13. The Cooperage

7220 Lomas Blvd NE / the luxury of dancing / Nominated by Yudima Valdes Mesa.

Signs: Christine Wong Yap, Belonging Signs, 2017, handlettered paint on pine, 18 x 11 x 0.75 inches each.

Photos with icon: Michael Apolo Gomez.