An enormous thank you to the Montoya family, filmmaker Dandan Liu, and all of the friends and community members in attendance for a remarkable evening! The film is posted here with permission from Dandan for those who did not have the opportunity to attend and for those who would like to watch the film again. If you would like to learn more about the amazing life and legacy of Dottie Montoya, please read her obituary. Please enjoy!
Please join filmmaker Dandan Liu and the family of Dottie Montoya for a very special screening of the powerful and moving documentary short film, Dottie, this Friday, March 26 at 7:00 pm on Zoom.
Dottie is about Dottie Montoya, an 86 year old matriarch from Velarde, New Mexico, a breast cancer survivor, a pioneer in bringing reproductive healthcare to youth in New Mexico, and an elder beloved by her community. This film was shot one year before she passed, in which she shares her early memories and leaves the younger generation with her last words of wisdom. In the words of her son, Daniel Montoya, this "gentle" film is "healing" and is more of a "visual poem" than a documentary.
The 13-minute film will be briefly introduced by Dandan Liu and will be followed by a question and answer session with Dandan and the family.
Hosted by the Embudo Valley Library.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Register HERE to receive the Zoom link.
The 2020 Civil Society Awards were presented to five outstanding nonprofits and their leaders who—with the help of volunteers and philanthropy rather than government support—assist those in need, strengthen our communities, and keep our nation’s social fabric from fraying.
"Quiere mas, juzga menos; love more, judge less" is how Gilberto Romero sums up his work in public health in Northern New Mexico over the last 30 years. He, together with 18 other individuals, recorded their experiences as public and community health workers, mothers, grandmothers, health care professionals, doulas, and activists in the series "Their Heart is to Serve: Compassionate Conversations about Healthcare in Northern New Mexico." The series is produced by Embudo Valley Library, with partners StoryCorps, Barrios Unidos, and Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, and will debut on Thursday December 10, 2020, via a zoom listening event. The interviews capture how a broad spectrum of community members work to improve public, community, and individual health, in both their personal and professional lives. The interviews feature heartfelt, honest, and love-filled first-person accounts of coping with addition and supporting recovery in their own families, and how public health workers and health care providers have been able to improve health care access and public health in front line service to rural communities. Interviewees hold out their hopes and visions for structural change in healthcare, witness what has made a difference in their communities, and describe what true community health is.
Please join us on zoom to hear community members speak about healthcare -- stories both personal and professional.
What: StoryCorps, Their Heart is to Serve
When: 7pm, Thursday December 10.
How: Register via zoom HERE
Embudo Valley Library and Community Center seeks a non-profit LIBRARY DIRECTOR who will administer library operations, oversee program development, fundraise, report on, and advocate for the library, supervise staff and volunteers, run summer reading and early literacy programs, work with and report to the governing board to implement the library’s strategic plan, work 32 to 40 hours/week. To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, three references, and college transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. For priority consideration, submit your materials by 5pm 11/25/20. See full job announcement below.