A new docuseries produced by Meow Wolf is shining a light on an Espanola nonprofit, dedicated to helping young people through art.
“Meow Wolf is a storytelling company,” said Jillian Spitzmiller with Meow Wolf.
This year they’re telling the stories of ten different nonprofits in New Mexico.
“We’re just kind of helping people hear about the work that’s already being done,” said Spitzmiller.
The first episode of their web docuseries spotlights Moving Arts Espanola.
“We are a grassroots nonprofit that really invests in young people,” said Roger Montoya, founder of Moving Arts Espanola.
Roger Montoya has been running Moving Arts for more than a decade. His goal is to give students who are struggling, a chance to heal using art.
“It’s a sanctuary for everyone who doesn’t feel like they have a safe place in Espanola,” said one of the students at Moving Arts.
His school provides dozens of classes, from painting to dancing and gymnastics.
“The arts have the magic to them that allows people to uncover,” said Montoya.
Meow Wolf will feature nine more nonprofits as a way to give back to the community.
“Maybe elevate voices that don’t get a chance to be heard that often,” said Spitzmiller.
Montoya says he agreed to work with Meow Wolf because they recognized the magic being created at Moving Arts.
“Anytime I had problems at school or at home, I knew that I could come here,” said one of the students at Moving Arts.
Montoya says being part of the project provided another form of healing for him and his students.
“When you’re in the daily grind, making something so deep and important you don’t often get a chance to see it, it was healing,” said Montoya.
The production is employing 20 New Mexico crew members.
To watch the episode, click here.