Taos County Counts!
The Paseo Project announces Census 2020
virtual poster competition
As we all stay home, hunkered down and made the best of the pandemic, The Paseo Project partnered with Taos County Census to encourage everyone in our community to make their census count!
We held an open call to artists and creatives of all ages: create a #TaosCountyCounts Census 2020 poster and post it on social media!
During a two-week social media campaign, The Paseo Project raffled off dozens of prizes to eligible contest participants. All prizes were purchased from local businesses, to continue supporting our community in this time of need.
On June 8th we held an online Facebook Live Q&A Webinar with Gillian Joyce of the Taos County Census Committee, you can see it on the Paseo Project’s Facebook page.
Census data determines funding coming into our state and community from federal, state and private entities. Fifty-five federal funding programs use Census data to determine state-level funding including: Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Highway funding, Pell Grants, National School Lunch Program, TANF, Public Housing Assistance, Special Education Grants, and Head Start, accounting for $8.7 billion coming into NM annually
In 2010, only 62% of Taos County responded to the census, an undercount of just 1% costs Taos County an estimated $9.7 million in lost funding from the federal government over the coming decade. COVID-19 has created an additional challenge for collecting this data.
Our Winning Submissions:
Check out all the entries. Search #TaosCountyCounts
NPR Podcast “CodeSwitch”: Who Counts in 2020