Beyond the Living Wall

Beyond the Living Wall

WESST is proud to support the creative artists who make New Mexico a uniquely beautiful and vibrant place to live. We’re excited to launch WESST’s Beyond the Living Wall Fund, which will support WESST’s work with creative artists AND the installation of a mural in our very own space!

If you’ve ever visited the WESST Enterprise Center, you might remember the Living Wall, a gorgeous vertical garden that brightened our lobby for 13 years. Unfortunately, the plumbing deteriorated and was cost-prohibitive to repair, so we embarked on a search for a more sustainable work of art to brighten the WEC Lobby.

Jodie Herrera, renowned local muralist, was selected to design and paint a mural to replace the Living Wall. Jodie was a WESST client about 5 years ago when she participated in our IDA Program, which helps individuals save toward an asset that will help increase financial independence. Jodie used her savings to launch her art business.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Jodie back to WESST!

Want to show your support? Give $100 or more towards the Beyond the Living Wall Fund and your name will be placed on an acknowledgment plaque next to the mural for years to come.

About WESST

WESST's mission is to be a home to New Mexicans starting or growing a small business. We provide a support system of consulting, training, incubation and lending to help women, people of color and low-wealth individuals successfully strengthen and grow their businesses through sustainable sales, financial knowledge, and job creation.

About Jodie

Jodie Herrera is a Northern New Mexican painter with Latina, Apache and Comanche ancestry. She has been an artist her whole life and started formally painting in 2011. Herrera received her BFA with honors from the University of New Mexico and currently resides in Albuquerque, where she works as a full time Artist and Curator.