Acequia Aqui, Taos

The cover of Acequia Aqui, a 12-page booklet about the acequia system within the Taos Historic District.

Acequia Aqui

The Paseo Project is excited to present the publication of Acequia Aquí: The history and preservation of the Acequia Madre del Río Pueblo.

Phase 1 of a multi-step project, the booklet’s essay and series of maps illuminate the deteriorating acequia network at the heart of the town of Taos. Through community collaborations, The Paseo Project seeks to educate, illuminate and support this historic and culturally important public infrastructure. Through this exploration, the Paseo Project seeks to transform our community by celebrating the downtown acequia network through creative and artistic events and installations. With the help of this booklet, we hope that you will better understand the history and value the acequia system has provided to our community and imagine with us new ways that we can celebrate the gift of their presence. This project was made possible by the LOR Foundation in the support of the Acquia Madre del Pueblo.
View full booklet (12-page, 3.6MB pdf)

A call for creative ideas

Open to all artists, writers, environmentalists and water lovers. Submit your ideas on how to transform our community and share the historic and cultural traditions of the Acequia Madre del Rio Pueblo for generations to come.

For Phase II we are seeking:

  • New ways we can illuminate the existing acequia network
  • Ways to express the history and culture of acequias
  • Visualizations of the environmental impacts of water

Submission Guidelines:

  • Write, sketch, model, or draw your ideas.
  • Tell us more about your idea. Please include implementation, materials, and the time you need to complete this project.
  • Email us at: Be sure to put “Acequia Aqui Submission” in the subject line.

This is an ideas building call for entries. This is an open call and all submissions will be reviewed.  There is no compensation for entries and there is no guarantee that projects will be executed, even if selected. 

Projects MUST have a relevance to Taos and the Acequia networks. Projects highlighting water, local culture and agriculture, and the high desert environment are strongly encouraged.

Deadline: April 1, 2019 (best consideration date) Early submissions strongly encouraged.
Implementation: Scheduled for summer 2019.