Local poet, educator, Hakim Bellamy joins One Albuquerque Board

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — The One Albuquerque Fund Board of Directors is excited to announce that Hakim Bellamy, former Deputy Director of the Department of Arts and Culture, will be joining the Board, to help serve the Fund’s mission of supporting critical programs addressing some of the core challenges facing Albuquerque.

“When asked to continue to serve in this different way, it was an immediate and enthusiastic ‘Yes!’ ” said Bellamy. “One of my greatest learnings from my time in city government is that the most transformative and lasting solutions to the challenges we face only come about when all four P’s are working in concert with one another: the public sector, the private sector, the philanthropic sector, and the people.”

Before being tapped by Mayor Keller to serve as the Deputy Director of the Department of Artsand Culture, Bellamy was the Inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Albuquerque. He is a W. K.Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow, a Kennedy Center Citizen ArtistFellow, an Academy for the Love of Learning Leonard Bernstein Fellow, Western States ArtsAlliance Launchpad Fellow, Santa Fe Arts Institute Food Justice Fellow, New Mexico StrategicLeadership Institute alum, and Citizen University Civic Seminary Fellow.

In 2012, he published his first collection of poetry, SWEAR (West End Press/University of NewMexico Press), and it landed him the Working Class Studies Tillie Olsen Award for Literature in2012. His latest title Commissions y Corridos (UNM Press) published in 2022 is his seventh book. With an M.A. in Communications from the University of New Mexico, Bellamy has held adjunct faculty positions at UNM and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

“We are thrilled to have Hakim join our Board,” said Executive Director, Adrienne Koplik.“His passion for this community and insight on Albuquerque will be an asset to the work we are doing.”

About the One Albuquerque Fund:

The OneABQ Fund, existing as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, supports five crucial missions aligned with many of the City of Albuquerque’s priorities: workforce support and training, youth opportunity and programs, public service support and recruitment, black community investment, and housing and homelessness. Learn more at https://www.onealbuquerque.org/.