Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center Overarching Vision
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) is proud to announce the beginnings of a new endeavor: The Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center (IPOC). IPOC will be a place where artisans and small-scale farmers can better their crafts in a way that is inspirational, educational, and sustainable. IPOC solidifies the unity between Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc. (IPMI) and the Cultural Center by serving as a part of the campus that honors and contributes culturally, as well as economically. The Opportunity Center will be a hub of creativity and opportunity that helps to promote economic and social mobility in a safe environment that nurtures each individual. Inspiring creativity to provide for economic and social mobility reflects the spirit of the entire campus located on 12th Street between Indian School and Menaul.
IPOC will be located on four acres northwest of IPCC, and will blend with the existing campus. It will include gardens and a greenhouse that honor Native foods. A beautiful building will house a makerspace that will include equipment for activities such as woodworking, jewelry-making, and graphic design. An area with pottery wheels and a kiln will entice artisans to design pottery that is culturally relevant for show or for sale. The food grown can be served in Pueblo Harvest or sold in a retail space located at Avanyu Plaza. Providing a way for Native people to create and grow wholesale and retail businesses through traditional agriculture and crafts reflects the tie between IPMI and IPCC, and the east and west campuses.
Safe spaces will be created to promote intentional collisions that can spur ideas and collaborations – spaces that are inviting and enticing to not only those from the Pueblos, but also for our community members. An incubator will provide a place for individuals who want to grow their business, yet are not quite ready to be on their own, and need support and guidance.
Co-working spaces – and eventually, shared executive-suite offices – will provide space for those who have grown in their craft and are ready to launch a business on their own. The presence of this space on the campus will serve as an example and inspiration to the individuals who are just beginning their craft. It will also create a revenue stream to help support outreach and operational efforts.
The key to success is providing parity and opportunity to individuals in a unified way that promotes economic self-reliance and breaks the cycle of trans-generational poverty. This proves that the power of community is the only way to have sustainable impact. IPOC will also serve the organizational mission of preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture, and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.