July Newsletter

Hello Summer!

As we welcome July, we find ourselves reflecting on the journey of the year thus far. What an incredible last few months: we have sent off graduates, celebrated the women at SFCC, heard the amazing stories from our alumni and so much more. As we look back on what has passed, we look forward to what’s yet to come.

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We also are privileged to showcase the impactful work of local artist Al Kittel here at SFCC, and we’d like to take a moment to honor her contributions.

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Al Kittel

“Call me what you need to”
Self portrait

Al Kittel is a local artist in Santa Fe –she paints in worlds of technicolor. In one of her paintings titled “the earth sighs,” a golden owl glides across a glistening meadow with specks of purple flowers. In an article for the Santa Fe New Mexican, Al talks about her next life, a life as a bird.
Al has thought about death a lot because at 5 years old, she was diagnosed with Friedreich ataxia. It’s a rare disease with no known cure and can be fatal. Kittel moved to New Mexico from Colorado in 2019 and has chosen New Mexico as the setting to end her life in a physician assisted death.

“the earth sighs”

Al’s commitment to creativity and freedom shines through her artistic endeavors. When Al moved to New Mexico, she decided to take art classes through Santa Fe Community College (SFCC). Kittel’s work was recently on display at SFCC in the exhibit, “Cocoon”.
Santa Fe Community College and Foundation are honored to exhibit “Cocoon,” and even more honored to have been a part of Al Kittel’s journey with art and life. “Cocoon” is an exhibit that reflects Al’s journey through life and Friedreich ataxia. The exhibit drives the viewer to look deeper into the intricacies and complexities of Kittel’s life along with their own experiences.

Beautiful is an understatement for the work that Al Kittel has done for Santa Fe Community College and New Mexico. Her story and artwork has touched the lives of many New Mexicans, specifically students and staff at SFCC and Santa Fe Community College Foundation. 

Thank you, Al. We admire you and your artistic abilities.

Our students at SFCC are able to make a difference in the world because of the assistance from our donors. Thank you for your unwavering support!

Kelly A. Marquez, MBA
Executive Director