Acequia Aqui

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

An open call to artists and creatives took place in the spring of 2019. Dozens of proposals were submitted for installations that creatively expand public knowledge and appreciation of the acequia networks in downtown Taos. For PASEO 2019, six artists had been selected to share their water-centric work during PASEO 2019 on September 13 and 14.

Meet the selected artists for phase two of Acequia Aqui, and their water-themed artworks coming to PASEO 2019:

Acequia Madre
Rica Maestas, Albuquerque NM

In collaboration with Tessa Cordova and Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte

The Knot, the Loom, and the Relationship
xiili sarkela, Olivia Romo and Suldano Abdiruhman, Taos and Ramah NM

Telepoem Booth® Acequia del Madre
Elizabeth Hellstern, Owen William Fritts, Cerrillos, NM
In collaboration with Ariana Kramer and SOMOS

Spinning with Water Wisdom
Juanita J. Lavadie, Olivia Romo, David García, Judy Torres, Taos & Española

Ayrton Chapman, Los Lunas NM

Implied Line, El Linaje Implícito
Ruben Olguin, Roswell NM