SOMOS’s place for words in Taos is located at 108 Civic Plaza Drive, within the emerging Civic Plaza Cultural Corridor. This building is a place with a large room for both a book store and literary gatherings, two separate classrooms, plenty of storage space, and a 10-space parking lot. The building has three units – our current unit consists of two of the three spaces. The third, a rental unit, gives us income now and offers space for future growth. Although we moved into this place in May 2016, it wasn’t until early 2019 that this place became 100% SOMOS’s place.
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
An unexpected bequest received in late 2016 from Sue Carol Francis of Fort Collins, Colorado, allowed SOMOS to dream of a brighter future. Shortly afterwards, the building which SOMOS was renting was put up for sale. Using the bequest to make a down payment, SOMOS embarked on an unknown journey. The goal – to raise enough money to purchase the property at 108 Civic Plaza Drive, and secure a permanent place for words in Taos, New Mexico. It was a journey that you became a part of – through sharing our story, contributing to the capital campaign, and believing it was possible.
In early 2019, the grand accumulation of this generosity allowed SOMOS to buy off the building. It is now our permanent home. And, what a home it is! With book-lined walls and room for readings, workshops, conferences and gatherings – it also invites more dreaming.
SOMOS, the Society of the Muse of the Southwest, is located in Northern New Mexico, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southernmost range of the Rocky Mountains. This biologically diverse region contains a variety of life zones, from alpine tundra to coniferous forests, desert shrublands to riparian areas. All of these unique habitats contribute to the richness of our biocultural home. Most have specific trees associated with them, from the high-altitude aspens to the river willows. These trees are especially generous givers of life within their area of influence, as are you.
Thank you for giving SOMOS such a beautiful home.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONORS
High-elevation aspens are some of the largest and oldest individuals on the planet; one genetic individual can exist as multiple “stems” connected underground by an extensive root system.
Sue Carol Francis
Englemann and blue spruce grow at high altitudes with snow pack, and provide protective thermal cover for deer, elk, bighorn sheep and bear.
Jessica & David Lindsey
Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation
Ponderosa trees grow straight and tall, and their name comes from the feminine form of “ponderoso” which means “strong” and “powerful” in Latin.
Janet Webb in memory of Joyce Appleby
Prudy & John Abeln
Lyn Bleiler & Charles Strong Fund
Leigh & Doug Conant
Esperanza del Corazon Donor Advised Fund
Polly Raye & Bill Christmas
Stephen Rose & Barbara Zaring
Mimi & Andrew Ting
Pinon trees are famous for their delicious nuts which provide food to many species, including humans.
Kate O'Neill in honor of Phyllis Hotch
Janet & John Mockovciak
The Taos News
Lucy & Dirk Herrman
Betty & Cid Backer
David & Carol Farmer
Alford Johnson & Jane Farmer
Yale and Barbara Jones
Kandace & Gunther Nachtrab
Robert Silver in appreciation of Bonnie Lee Black
Wendy & Chris Stagg
Lenita & Henk Van der Werff
Junipers are slow-maturing trees that can thrive in low-quality soils; their berries provide food for many animals.
Rick Finney& Jerry Walter
John & Peggy Hamilton
Casa Gallina, An Artisan Inn
Cottonwood trees grow along the rivers of the Southwest, providing shade and cooling the waters.
Thomas and Deborah Buckley
Linda & Dan Cassidy
Holly & Tom Azzari
Billy & Lynn Knight
Bob & Linda Attiyeh
Scott Archer Jones
Donna & William Dufresne
Mya Coursey & Wally Cox
Sara Jean Gray
River willows grow along the stream banks offering important habitat and protection for birds and other animals.
Waltraud Ilse Kuerschner
Lyn and Louis Colombo
Maria T. Garcia
Indigo Ocean Dutton