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The We Are This City’s Manifesto, written by Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy, captures something right out of the heart of Albuquerque. It re-interprets, resuscitates and re-creates our city in its lines, over and over again, and asks nothing more than your ear and imagination.
We hope it recalls as much beauty for you as it does us. Memories of a sunset so beautiful it seemed to paint itself on the edge of the earth, or how if the sun had a vacation home it would most definitely be right here in Albuquerque. The Manifesto guides us as we seek to collectively transform our city, beautify it’s streets, and reimagine Albuquerque one empty building at a time.
We Are This City celebrates the beauty, creativity, and the full heart our city carries in its chest. But enough waxing poetic… here’s the manifesto itself.
We Are This City began in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque as a creative vision for the Rosenwald Building. The We Are The City creators, like many people in Albuquerque, had walked by the historic Rosenwald at the corner of 4th and Central almost a million times without pause; the Rosenwald doesn’t demand a whole lot of attention. But when you take a moment to look, the building is one of those beautiful fixtures of Albuquerque’s Downtown that makes us uniquely Albuquerque.
The Rosenwald had been downright forgotten, left empty to become an unused relic of our city’s past, but the We Are This City creators knew the building held opportunities. We wanted to celebrate our city, where we come from, and the possibilities for the future ahead, and the Rosenwald – located at the corner of Old Route 66 and Route 66 – was just the place to converge our present and our past.
When the Rosenwald opened its doors over 100 years ago it was the first building of it’s kind in the Southwest. Despite early fame for its regionally unprecedented modern construction, the Rosenwald’s story was very much lost. We Are This City had a vision: we would illuminate the building, turn it into a digital canvass that could be used by artists worldwide to project their dreams, together transforming realities and reimagining Albuquerque from the very streets of Downtown.
Albuquerque has hundreds of empty buildings just like this. With the help of the community We Are This City wraps our city’s empty buildings in art and creations from all over. We bring people to forgotten places to interactively reimagine urban space and explore possibilities together. We bring vibrant, colorful dreams from every corner of our city to life, and we take pride in what is local. We work together, as a community, to awaken new possibilities, visions, and futures through art, technology and community involvement.
Help us do more: Support We Are This City