Letter: Time to dig deeper, Taos


Hello, I’d like to invite you to participate in an important upcoming community conversation.

I’ve encouraged broad public participation in my role as an advisor to the Strong at Heart project. To date, we’ve been asking you to share what you love about Taos, what concerns you, what you envision for the town’s future. We’ve heard about the importance of community character, transportation options, a diverse economy, and education—to name a few.

Now it’s time to go deeper.

Why do these things matter to you? What do they provide? How do they shape your life?

Please participate in a Community Conversation to dive into these questions and share your perspective. At a Community Conversation, you will be encouraged to share what you love about Taos and to think about the root of why you value those things. People in your group will then reflect on these stories, identifying the values rooted in each and where we share common ground. From those conversations emerges greater clarity about what makes Taos so special.

Community Conversations work best in small group formats so we are offering five separate opportunities for you to participate. The format and organization of each will be the same — the only difference being the stories people share.

Space in these venues is limited to between 50-80 people, so please RSVP on the Strong at Heart website or call Marjo Curgus at (505) 699-8532.

RSVP ONLINE HERE (downtowntaos.com/community-conversations/)

Dates and locations of the Conversations include:

Monday, Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 208 Camino de Santiago.

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Coronado Building, El Taoseño Room, 120 Civic Plaza Drive.

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 3-5 p.m.,Taos Public Library, 402 Camino de la Placita.

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6-8 p.m., Coronado Building, El Taoseño Room, 120 Civic Plaza Drive.

Thursday, Aug. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.,Taos High School, Cafeteria, 134 Cervantes St.

If you can’t attend a Community Conversation you still have a chance to participate. The Strong at Heart website features an online questionnaire that includes the prompts used in-person. The questionnaire, as well as more information about Strong at Heart, can be found at downtowntaos.com.

Thanks – Jim Pollard, Taos