Dubra Karnes-Padilla

Designing the Santa Fe–Belen Railrunner Artists’ Corridor

The Santa Fe-Belen Railrunner Artists' Corridor connects the communities of Santa Fe and Belen — a small town of 7,500 that is struggling to revitalize itself. This creative corridor could promote walking and biking guides to local artists and studios at every train stop. With the development of mobile apps, websites, and local guided tours, these communities can work collaboratively to promote the arts and economic development in Belen. Dubra Karnes-Padilla invites Santa Fe's established and successful galleries and artists to support the new artist colonies slowing growing "down south" and at the end of the line in Belen.

Dubra Karnes-Padilla is an educator and artist who, as a community activist, supports projects that focus on wellness, resiliency, and the arts. She has been, until retiring in 2012, a full-time instructor and manager of the Fitness and Wellness Education Center at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus since 2000. Dubra Karnes-Padilla is President of the Board of the Resiliency Corps and founder of "Believing in Belen," a project that seeks to support the artist community in Belen and create a sister city relationship with Santa Fe.