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UNM Physician and Native Health Initiative Sponsor Indigenous Mural Project

The Abya Yala mural

The Native Health Initiative and its director, UNM physician Anthony Fleg, MD, are partnering with local Indigenous artists to bring a piece of public art to the city. Artists Votan Henriquez (Maya/Nahua) and Leah Lewis (Laguna/Hopi/Zuni/Diné) are leading the mural project, titled Abya Yala: Indigenous Freeways. The mural will be painted May 1-2 at 3904 Central Avenue NE. Space for the mural was donated from Homegrown, a Native-owned contemporary art store. Fleg, an associate professor in the UNM Department of Family & Community Medicine, says that art plays an important role in community health – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.