[ISEA2012] Opening Note: Richard J. Berry, Albuquerque Mayor – Welcome Notes

Opening Note
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Albuquerque, New Mexico, US. It is exciting that Albuquerque has joined a group of major urban centers around the globe that have hosted the prestigious ISEA Symposium. And the timing of ISEA2012 couldn’t be better. This year, we are celebrating New Mexico’s Centennial and are commemorating 100 years of statehood in a variety of ways. I invite ISEA2012 attendees from around the country and the world to explore and enjoy the unique richness that Albuquerque and New Mexico offer. Albuquerque’s history has been shaped by its role as a place where heritage, culture, science and technology intersect. I am proud to say that now our city is earning a reputation as a growing center for artistic, scientific and technological innovation and a gateway to exploring New Mexico’s creative and technological horizons. Albuquerque is also known as a place where environmental sustainability is acutely important. ISEA2012’s focus on sustainability is an inspiration as we envision our future in the desert. Hosting ISEA2012 would not be possible without the hard work from the staff at the nonprofit, 516 ARTS, and its lead partners, the University of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. I’d like to thank them for making ISEA2012 possible and for highlighting Albuquerque as a part of the global community that is exploring the cutting-edge intersection of art, science and technology.