Past Projects

Marfa Counts!

Get Counted, Get Free Food

In September 2020, Marfa Steps Up teamed up with the Judd Foundation to partner with the Rio Grande Council of Government’s Far West Texas Census2020 effort to help get Presidio County residents counted for the US Census. Prizes including $50 gift cards at Porter’s, $50 gift cards at Convenience West BBQ, and free burritos at Marfa Burrito.

Marfa Solidarity Bonds

During the pandemic it was critical that Marfa's restaurants survived temporary closures due to COVID-19. These businesses represent a key in our town’s ability to serve both locals and tourists. Marfa's restaurants employ approximately 20% of the population, provide much needed diversity in our very limited local food supply, and are on the front lines of visitor experience.

From May 13 to June 1, 2020 "solidarity bonds" were on sale to give restaurant owners the funds to stay afloat during the time of uncertainty. Marfa Solidarity Bonds raised $85,920. Bonds are no longer for sale.

Eighteen artists in Marfa created bonds to help raise needed funds. Participating artists include Maryam Amiryani, Mary Baxter, Camp Bosworth, LéAna Clifton, J.D. Garcia, Jeffrey Hester, Martha Hughes, Zoe Leonard, Eileen Myles, Dustin Pevey, Sam Schonzeit, Shea Slemmer, Julie Speed, Nick Terry, Laszlo Thorsen-Nagel, Charline von Heyl, Leslie Wilkes and Christopher Wool.

Marfa Service Workers Relief Fund

At the closing of the Marfa Steps Up: Service Worker Relief Fund, the generosity of donors helped us reach $48,868. Funds were divided among local service workers who registered and $300 gift cards—for Marfa's grocery stores, Porter's and The Get Go—were distributed.