Wild Harmonies Student Contest Winners

With only 57 Mexican gray wolves known to survive in the wild, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NM Wild) and the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) are working together toward the mutual goal of restoring harmony to the ecosystems that the Mexican gray wolf traditionally called home.

Internationally-renowned pianist and wolf advocate Hélène Grimaud made a special visit to Santa Fe in October 2012 to perform a solo concert, “Wild Harmonies,” to promote wolf conservation, elevate awareness for protecting Mexican wolves and their habitat in the Southwest, and raise funds for the WCC (founded by Grimaud) and NM Wild.

In honor of Grimaud’s solo performance, NM Wild hosted a student art competition to help raise awareness about the endangered Mexican wolf with youth in New Mexico.

NM Wild invited students across the state to create their best art, music or writing inspired by wild Mexican wolves in wilderness. The two first-place winners, high school students Dale Harper and Katie Lucero, earned four tickets each to the performance, a hotel stay, and meal voucher for their family (up to four) in Santa Fe for the Wild Harmonies event.

Dale Harper, Rio Rancho Cyber Academy (Rio Rancho)
Art Piece Title: Defining Melodies

Katie Lucero, Bosque School (Albuquerque)
“People in both rural and urban areas have to work together to help keep the wolves protected. The drawing shows a wolf looking into a river and seeing its reflection in a city. Also notice the sun setting and rising!”

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