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Strong Boy Jemez by Michael Ramsey

Silent Auction to Benefit Protection of Chaco Canyon, Greater Chaco Landscape & Communities Will Commence on Saturday, May 12th

Santa Fe, May 7th- On Saturday, May 12th, from 6pm to 10pm, the public is welcome to attend the Greater Chaco Benefit Auction, a silent auction to raise funds for projects critical to the protection of Chaco Canyon and the Greater Chaco landscape and communities. The benefit, presented by New Mexico Story Power for the Greater Chaco Coalition, is being hosted by The Santa Fe Art Institute. The event will feature live musical performances from Eileen & the In-Betweens, Bishop Underdog & Asliani, and DJ Miss Ginger. Up for auction are over 70 selected artworks donated from artists around the country, as well as numerous gift packages donated by local businesses. Light refreshments will be served.

Background: Recent Court Ruling here: and Threats and Impacts here:

Funds raised will underwrite several important efforts, including citizen science projects, community-based health impact assessments, and indigenous-led media projects. The fundraiser is fiscally sponsored by Diné CARE, the longest running environmental group in the Navajo Nation.

The event is open to the public and is pay-what you-wish at the door. Those interested in bidding will receive a bidder number and can bid in increments against other bidders on numerous items. An auction preview runs from 6pm -7pm, and the auction will take place from 7pm-9pm. Volunteers will be available to process payments and to wrap artwork for transport for the winning bidders – who will be able to take their items with them directly following the auction.

An online gallery of selected artworks for auction can be found at:

The Greater Chaco Benefit Auction is made possible through the help of event partners:

Frack Free New Mexico, Frack Off Chaco, The Max & Anna Levinson Foundation, Broken Boxes Podcast, Pueblo Action Alliance, WildEarth Guardians, The Santa Fe Art Institute, Frack Free Four Corners, Sierra Club Rio Grande, Sierra Club Northern New Mexico, 350 New Mexico, We Are One River, Land Arts of the American West at UNM, Indigenous Rising Media/Indigenous Environmental Network, and San Juan Citizens Alliance.

Event Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 • 6-10 pm

Event Location: The Santa Fe Art Institute,

For additional inquiries, contact:

For more information about the event, visit: