The great philosopher Aristotle was quoted as saying, “The Whole is Greater than the Sum of it’s Parts.” After experiencing the opening day (celebrating Cinco de Mayo) of the Rail Yards Market (RYM) in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque, NM, that axiom has been wholeheartedly confirmed by the success of this community-powered event!
The RYM was the bran-child of several folks and of course the idea to reclaim the Rail Yards for a civic use has been proposed many times. Eric Griego, Chad Gruber and Priscilla Garcia stood at the forefront in terms of establishing their respective vision, bringing it forward to the city and gathering together their respective community circles and having those individuals marshal their circles and so on. Much like the Faberge Shampoo Commercial from back in the day!
Community of Folks from all Walks of Life
From it’s inception, the Rail Yards Market welcomed folks from all walks of life. Open invitations were sent to the community at-large: from Artists to doodler; from newborns to our community of elders, from food vendors to foodies, all our welcome. The RYM includes educational zones where spectators can be exposed to and learn from educators in every field imaginable.
Community Publishing, along with local Artist Vanessa Martinez, was invited to plan and participate in the programming at the Children’s Zone. We have many exciting activities planned and many community partners who will be contributing their talents and resources to the Children’s Zone.
The featured story for opening day was Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves. This bilingual multimedia eBook, which was written by yours truly, Illustrated by Audrey McNamara, Narrated by Jackie Zamora with Music by Matias Pizarro and Juan Ramirez (contributions by Christian Orellana) is being adapted for the stage by FUSION Theatre Company for an Albuquerque run in late June and July (click here for details).
Join Our Community
The Rail Yards Market stands as a wonderful example and symbol for everyone that would like to see a more vibrant community. Engage with your neighbors, walk down your neighborhood and join the micro-circle of people around it. Shop local, consume locally, enjoy the sights, sounds and stories created by your local artists. Come down (every Sunday 9am – 3pm until Nov2) to the Rail Yards Market with your circle of friends and join our community!
Special thanks to all of the volunteers including: Jackie Zamora, Stephanie Galloway, Patricia Archuleta, and next week’s feature author, Alayna Roche!
Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities. #JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org We are proud to be a community partner in the Rail Yards Market initiative.