MAE's Roger Montoya Named CNN Hero

Our beloved Co-Founder and Artistic Director Roger Montoya is a bastion of hope in the Española Valley and across Northern New Mexico. This inspiring man, with his leadership and unyielding efforts to uplift and enrich our community, is being recognized as a CNN Hero!

“I am so honored to live , work and serve the communities of the Espanola Valley and our neighboring tribal communities––together we have earned this recognition!”––Roger Montoya

CNN Heroes is a year-long initiative that honors everyday people for their selfless, creative efforts to help others.



2019 marks the thirteenth year of the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning campaign.

All CNN Heroes nominations must be submitted through our website at Each year, CNN receives thousands of nominations from around the world.

Each week, a CNN Hero is profiled on the global networks of CNN and on This fall, the 2019 Top 10 CNN Heroes will be announced. From the Top 10, viewers select the CNN Hero of the Year through an online vote.

The CNN Hero of the Year will be revealed during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” (Sunday, Dec. 8)

Each of the Top 10 receives $10,000. The Hero of the Year receives an additional $100,000.

In its 12 years, CNN Heroes has received more than 85,000 nominations from more than 100 countries. Since 2007, the campaign has profiled more than 300 CNN Heroes. They’re working in more than 80 countries around the world, helping millions of people.

For more information about the CNN Heroes campaign, current Heroes or to nominate a hero, go to Follow CNN Heroes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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