Chantelle Yazzie, artist and social worker,
will present her artistic works and perspective on being an LGBTQ+ artist in
the Las Cruces community on from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Following her
presentation, attendees are invited to visit the Standing in the Light exhibit
featuring local LGBTQ+ artists at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Main
Yazzie is from Heart Butte, New Mexico, and is
Diné (Navajo). Some of her art pieces have focused on social justice and
bringing indigenous social and health disparities to light. She received her
bachelor’s degree in social work from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
She then returned to New Mexico where she obtained her master’s degree in
social work from New Mexico State University.
She works with Las Cruces Public Schools where
she uses play and art therapy to assist with special education students. Yazzie
is a licensed social worker and clinician in Las Cruces, and owns her own
The Branigan Cultural Center is open Tuesday
through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
and is accessible by RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36.
For additional information online go to http://museums.las-cruces.org or call 575/541-2154.