Faith Purvey is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator, working in the realms of pedagogy and public engagement to bring people closer to wilderness. Her work is community-driven, collaborative, site-responsive and temporary, but also takes various other forms such as modular sculpture, painting, photography, and video. Fascinated by notions of habitation, urban infrastructure, transience, and wildness many of Faith’s projects are developed in collaboration with groups such as hiking clubs, schools, Girl Scouts, the Bureau of Land Management and the Los Angeles Poverty Department.
As lead artist of Organ Monument Oratory, Faith Purvey conceives of and executes all related programs. Wearing many hats and working in collaboration, she writes grants, builds sculpture, teaches kids, leads hikes, and loves getting outside.
Shaunna Foster is a recreation leader for the city of Las Cruces. She leads hikes, outdoor road rides, teaches spin classes, runs a walking program and has recently started creating murals with kids in the community. Foster has worked for the city for 15 years and is active in search and rescue, on both the Organ Mountain Technical Rescue Squad and Doña Ana County Search and Rescue.
Friends of the OMDP, executive director
Since 2014 Ben Gabriel has been the Executive Director of the Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks. Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks seeks to enrich the Las Cruces community and diverse cultures through advocacy, conservation and restoration of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument as a premier example of America’s National Conservation Lands. Ben holds a degree in Outdoor Recreation from Ohio University and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from New Mexico State University. He enjoys hiking, rock climbing, biking, and spending time w
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest
Girl Scouts is a values-based, informal educational program with activities in six grade levels to meet girls’ developmental, educational, emotional and social needs and interests. Girl Scouts offers activities in a variety of interests for today’s girls, such as math, science, the arts, technology, the outdoors, people and cultures, contemporary issues, and individual well-being. Activities include more than half of the 40 Developmental Assets identified by the Search Institute as keys to a child’s healthy development and well-being.
Carrie Hamblen, Chief Executive Officer
Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the LCGGC is to promote socially and environmentally responsible businesses and to build a vibrant and successful local economy based on the Triple Bottom Line. Their members believe that investing in people; protecting air, land and water; and promoting profit through sustainable business practices will build a thriving community for today and for generations to come.
Many people have supported and helped shape Organ Monument Oratory. Special thanks to:
Irene Oliver-Lewis, Eric Shack, Martin Goetz, Raul and Tauna Dorn, Rene Romo, Meg Freyermuth, Lucas Herndon, Chris Bardey, Olin Calk, Yvette Lopez, Cassandra Lockwood, Saba Wear, McKinney Briske, and everyone who cares for the Organ Mountains.