Month: April 2019

Call for Water/Culture Proposals

Call for Artists to Illuminate Taos Acequias


The Paseo Project is seeking installation, performance and projection art proposals about water for September 2019 weekend outdoor art event

Photo of a Taos acequia by Dorie Hagler, from her Keeping Faith series,2003-2011

The PASEO 2019 Water/Culture call is seeking artists to bring visibility to Northern New Mexico’s water culture and issues. Working with artists The PASEO wishes to create more inclusive and imaginative planning processes, while seeking to provide benefits to the community through artistic installations and designs and educational opportunities. Having wrapped up their larger call for PASEO 2019, this new call seeks proposals for installations to creatively expand public knowledge and appreciation of the acequia networks downtown. Selected art activations will vary in media, scale and programming. The goal is to highlight the acequia network for the benefit of the local community and wider audience of visitors traversing the downtown.

These installations will be featured at the PASEO 2019 festival, September 13th and 14th, with the opportunity for pre and post installation capacities. All these of the installations will be considered as an implementation for permanent installations. The deadline for entries is midnight May 25, 2019 and the application can be found at www.paseoproject.org/call-for-artists.

The PASEO is a festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos, New Mexico. This two-day outdoor event, set in the high desert of Taos, New Mexico, is in its sixth year, and scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening, September 13rd and 14th, 2019. The PASEO seeks work that is immersive, participatory, and/or will make a dynamic impact within the Taos Historic District during this evening festival, scheduled to start at sunset and runs to 11pm.

For 2019 The Paseo Project is excited to enter the second phase of Acequia Aqui, in which they will build on the lessons and information gathered in phase 1 of the project to implement artistic projects that illuminate, celebrate, and educate the public about the historic downtown acequia network. Maps, essays, and Phase 1 materials of Acequia Aqui can be found at https://paseoproject.org/acequia-aqui/.

Local acequia and cultural leaders have become increasingly aware of and engaged in the water issues facing Taos. There is tremendous opportunity to utilize arts and culture strategies to advance sustainable, integrated, and inclusive management of our community’s water resources. As creative thinkers and doers, artists can be powerful partners to water leaders seeking to reimagine traditional approaches to water planning and management, and connect with communities in new ways.

This open call will close on May 25, 2019. Entry is free. All submitting artists will be contacted by May 2019. This project is generously sponsored by the LOR Foundation.