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Sowing hope: Seed art promotes organic food, care for the environment

"Peacock" seed mural took 16 months to complete.
“Peacock” seed mural took 16 months to complete.

Jade Leyva has a vision.

And piece by piece, it comes together with the help of community members.

For three years, “SEED: A Collective Voice” has crisscrossed the state making art.

The group of artists, environmentalists, educators and seed lovers has been making murals with seeds in communities around the state, Mexico and other locations around the globe.

The group creates multimedia exhibits to raise awareness and educate about the importance of eating organic food and taking care of the environment, bees and pure ancient seeds for future generations to come.

“I started the project with my own money,” Leyva says. “It now has grown, and we’ve been able to get some grants to help us out.”

The group will install some its murals at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, where they will be on display for a month.

There will be 10 pieces, six of which will be large-scale, Leyva says.

“I’m finishing up the detailing of the mural,” she says. “They are framed and beautiful.”

Over the course of three years, Leyva says, nearly 1,000 community members have been involved in the projects.

And she has traveled across the state.

“We’ve been to almost 100 locations in the three years,” she says. “It’s been a joyful ride, and we’re able to educate the community about seeds.”

With the installation at the NHCC, Leyva will see all the murals together for the first time.

She is also excited to have the murals up during Globalquerque!

“I’ll be around to give tours of the murals and explain the stories behind each one,” she says. “The point of the whole project is to present art and teach the community about seeds.”

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