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The Living Archive is the third installment of our Starting Conversations series on Community Archiving. In this session, facilitator Shane Flores is diving into questions about community archiving and community engagement. His guests Katy Gross and Isabel Trujillo draw conclusions around what it means to incorporate personal histories and identities into an archive.


Katy Gross is Deputy Director and Education Director at Littleglobe. She is a photographer, educator, multimedia producer, and mother. Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, she fell in love with photography as a teenager when she took a black and white darkroom class at the local teen arts center, Warehouse 21. She holds an MA in arts education from NYU and a BA from Brown University in International Development Studies. She studied documentary photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME and at the former College of Santa Fe. She has traveled to Ghana volunteering for an non-governmental organization that promotes women entrepreneurs and traveled to the South Pacific to accompany a film crew following six Navajo Code Talkers revisiting WWII battlefields. She has been leading multimedia storytelling and production workshops with youth and community members since 2011. She developed the Culture Connects Toolkit, which is a set of practices and tools for implementing storytelling and engagement workshops in various community settings, and feels passionately about utilizing art and story work to respond to community needs in a variety of ways.

Conceptual artist and interdisciplinary culture worker, Shane Flores is Community Facilitator for the Manitos Community Memory Project and is the principal at studio wetFuture, developing history and culture based content for cultural institutions, including The Bradbury Science Museum, The City of Las Vegas Museum, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and UNM Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. He holds a BFA in Media Arts from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Isabel War Trujillo has been the grantwriter and Director for El Pueblo de Abiquiu Library & Cultural Center for around 20 years. Her inter-generational projects have resulted in special collections that serve to give audio and visual presentations for others around the world to understand about the Genizaro people of Abiquiu. She has brought many people together for discussions and included youth to participate in order for them to gain pride in awareness for new creative career paths that allow them to remain in the area and continue these stories of historical facts that can help to guide their future with experience and awareness.

Logo of the Manitos Community Memory Projects.


Focused on a region whose people have been impacted by historic trauma and the consequences of extractive practices, the Manitos Community Memory Project (MCM Project) is set in an arc that begins with loss but bends toward restorative justice.