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The Paseo Invites Taos Students Behind the Scenes of Outdoor Art Festival

A few of many participants in STEMarts@PASEO 2016

The Paseo Project will transform the Taos community with art on September 13 and 14, 2019. “The transformation,” director of the STEMarts@PASEO youth program Agnes Chavez states, “will be temporary on that weekend in Taos Historic District––but lasting in the minds and outlooks of hundreds of Taos students.”

Involving the youth and residents of Taos is central to the Paseo Project’s mission. For the sixth year, STEMarts@PASEO, an educational model developed by Chavez, takes Paseo’s experimental artists into Taos schools. In 2019, Chavez has paired seven artists with ten Taos public schools to involve over 1,000 youth of Taos in pre-festival activities. The program provides art and science teachers and their students with the STEMarts Curriculum Tool––an art-focused and socially engaged application of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)––and the empowering experience of being part of an international collaboration.

Meet Agnes Chavez, STEMarts Youth Program Director

Agnes Chavez is an interdisciplinary sci-artist and educator. She collaborates with artists, scientists, teachers and youth to create sensorial experiences that explore our relationship with art, science, technology and nature as a process and tool for personal and social change. Agnes is currently working on a commissioned art installation titled Fluidic Data at the CERN Data Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.


Meet the artists of STEMarts@PASEO 2019

Antonin-Fourneau
Waterlight Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau

Antonin Fourneau, Paris, France
Antonin bring his world-renowned installation, Waterlight Graffiti, to the streets of Taos for the PASEO 2019. Waterlight Graffiti uses a new kind of reactive material that allows viewers to draw or write ephemeral messages––light graffiti–– on a wall of LEDs with a basic environment-friendly atomizer.

For the Paseo youth program, Antonin will be visiting Taos Charter School to give students a behind-the-scenes look at how this installation is made and show them more examples of his innovative artworks. In preparation for the artist’s visit, students will practice Dishu, water street calligraphy, and do a lesson on conductivity and water, inspired by the artists work.

 

CLOUDNET by Andy Wagener

Andy Wagener, New York
Andy brings CLOUDNET to PASEO 2019. CLOUDNET is an ode to the vast fishing communities that have helped build and sustain Cadiz Bay (Spain) throughout its history. Using a wide variety of netting utilized in fishing, CLOUDNET is activated by the movement of the observer, as pulses of light energize the cloud from within. It also shares the stories and hardships of local fishermen today via recorded interviews, highlighting the devastating phenomenon of ‘ghost fishing’ where lost, dumped or abandoned fishing gear continues to ensnare fish and marine organisms.

For the PASEO youth program, Andy will be visiting Anansi Charter School to share his process for creating project installations around complex social and environmental issues. Students will create napkin sketches for their own eco-installation, applying the artist’s approach to raising awareness to environmental challenges.


Visual Audio by Thomas Vause and Alison Johnson

Alison Johnson and Thomas Vause/Digital Ant Media, Santa Fe, NM
This art co-op presents Visual Audio for PASEO 2019. It is an interactive audio-visual projection inviting the audience to create vector art using their voices. The visuals, controlled by the amplitude and tone of audio, take audience members on a unique and abstract visual journey of their voice.

For the Paseo youth program Alison and Thomas will travel to Questa and Penasco Middle Schools to perform their installation for the entire student bodies. They will also lead one artist demo at Taos International School. Students will explore the science of waves and the environmental and cultural battle for water preservation and water rights.


El Agave: Britney A. King and Jennifer Nev-Diaz

Britney A. King and Jennifer Nev-Diaz, Diné / Chippewa Cree, Albuquerque, NM
This female art duo presents El Agave, is an immersive interactive environment, for PASEO 2019. As participants walk through the space, their proximity, speed, and height will inform the programming language to create correlating visuals and audio. TÓ ÉÍ ÍÍNÁ

For the Paseo youth program, Britney and Jenn will lead a two-day ‘Water is Life Arduino and Microcontroller’ workshop with students from Peñasco Middle School. They will visit Taos Day School and Taos Middle School for one-hour demos to share their process and demonstrate how they create art experiences that explore the connection between culture, land, and the art of interaction.

 

So Many Of Us by Corwin Levi

Corwin Levi, Harrisville, NH
Corwin presents a video projection created from iterations of a hand-drawn, stop-motion animation titled So Many of Us. Each video loops indefinitely, speaking to our interconnectedness and the fragility of both the individual and the group.

For the Paseo youth program, Corwin will visit Taos Integrated School of the Arts (TISA) to share his techniques in creating projection installations from hand-drawn, stop-motion animation inspired by astronomy. Students will create their own animations showing connections to the sky.

 

hors-affichage, a game installation by Lothario Areski

Lothario Areski, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
The artist presents hors-affichage, a game installation that questions the way video games are traditionally displayed, for PASEO 2019. The gameplay of hors-affichage resides in the tension between the visible and the invisible, the reachable and the unreachable, forcing the player to enter a state of chase where he/she is constantly on the move and on the look-out for elements outside his/her field of view.

For the Paseo youth program, Lothario will present at Taos High School theatre to give a behind the scenes demo of the technology behind the hors-affichage installation. The artist will show a small prototype of the installation and explain how it works. Students will explore his work in advance to deepen the learning experience.

 

The Numinous Eye Arch by Ryon Gesink

Ryon Gesink, Oakland, CA
Gesink brings Numinous Eye Arch to PASEO 2019. It is a large steel archway with a giant spotlight eye at its apex and multiple fire elements that will light the pathway for festival goers.

For the Paseo youth program, Ryon will talk at Taos Cyber Magnet School. He will show examples of his large-scale fire installations and share his process and experiences. Students will try out STEAM activities related to the artist’s work in advance of their upcoming Robotics class to inspire creativity in their STEM learning.

Meet the STEMarts@PASEO team

Agnes Chavez, Youth Program Director
Shanti Duval, Paseo Project Coordinator
Estacia Huddleston, Program Design Assistant

 

Learn more about STEMarts@PASEO

Agnes Chavez’s STEMarts Lab

Paseo Project’s 2019 STEMarts@PASEO program

Support Paseo Project’s youth program

PASEO 2019 Visitor Guide

Paseo 2017. Silent Disco dancers on Taos Plaza.

The PASEO 2019 is just days away––September 13 and 14! For those of you coming from out of town, we’ve put together some hot tips to make it the best trip ever, including places to stay, and things to eat, drink, and do during your visit to Taos.

Study Up: To enhance your PASEO experience, learn about the 32 featured installations and familiarize yourself with the festival map in advance on our website.

Get Acclimated: The weather can be unpredictable in Northern New Mexico, and the PASEO will happen rain or shine. The air gets cool when the sun goes down, so wear layers and bring an umbrella. Be sure to drink plenty of water while you are here – Taos is at high altitude and has a dry climate.

Find Parking: Plenty of free parking is available in downtown Taos. Check out this map to scout your preferred public parking lot.

Check Out the Amazing Local Culture and Businesses: A visit to Taos is incomplete without visiting some of our incredible local businesses and sights, many of which are generous supporters of the PASEO and the arts in Taos.

We’ve broken it down into six easy categories for you: Entertainment, Food & Drink, Lodging, Retail, Art & Culture, and Services.

Twirl Play and Discovery Space entertains kids and gives parents a bit of space

ENTERTAINMENT
Arroyo Seco Live: Seco Live showcases and promotes Arroyo Seco and the people who live there through creative live events, fundraising and promotion; they’re presenting the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Friday night at Revolt Gallery.
KNCE Radio: Tune in to KNCE 93.5FM and enjoy True Taos Radio, volunteer community radio coming to you live from the Taos mesa.
Taos Inn: Live music nightly. Experience Southwestern charm and history in this famous New Mexico inn located in the heart of the historic district of Taos.
Twirl Play and Discovery Space: Twirl is a non-profit play and discovery space that supports the growth and potential of children through inspirational, community-wide opportunities to gather, learn, create and play.

Patio dining at Lambert’s of Taos on Bent Street

FOOD & DRINK
Gutiz
KOKO Coffee/Deli/Carry-Out
Lambert’s
Taos Bakes
The Lounge by Rolling Still Distillery
El Gamal
Chokolá Bean to Bar
Pizaños
The Gorge Bar & Grill

The Historic Taos Inn on Paseo Norte

LODGING
Taos Inn: Experience Southwestern charm and history in this famous New Mexico inn located in the heart of the historic district of Taos.
Kachina Lodge
Casa Gallina
Best Rentals

Farmers Market occupys Taos Plaza every Saturday morning, May through October

RETAIL
John Dunn Shops: A beautiful pedestrian walkway with 20 creative, locally-owned shops and eateries between Taos Plaza and Bent Street.
Mattress Mary Taos Lifestyle: Taos Lifestyle Furnishings and Mattresses: Supporting the Arts in Taos, bringing community together with creativity, beauty & love.
Mudd N Flood, FX-18 Gifts and Jewelry, and La Chiripada Wine Shop
Shank, Hair Salon
Taos Farmers Market

Judy Chicago’s Birth Project is on exhibition at Harwood Museum til November 10 (Kathleen Brennan)

ART & CULTURE
Taos Center for the Arts: With a 275-seat theater and two galleries, the TCA curates culturally relevant films, art exhibitions, and live performances as well as provides local, regional and internationally renowned artists, thinkers and performers the space to inspire creativity and foster a thriving love for the arts.
203 Fine Art
Taos Gallery Association
Studio 107B
The Harwood Museum of Art
Millicent Rogers Museum
NeoRio
Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo with visitors, summer 2018

SERVICES
US Bank: Bank smarter with U.S. Bank and browse personal and consumer banking services including checking and savings accounts, mortgages, student loans and more.
Taos Properties Real Estate Investments: A boutique real estate agency for independently minded buyers and sellers. Serving the Taos community for over 20 years with compassion, professionalism, and integrity. Stop in and say hi!
Heritage Trust Company of New Mexico: Heritage Trust is a state-chartered, locally-owned, independent trust company, devoted to families and their advisors since 1994.
TaosNet: Taos Net is a full-service internet provider serving northern New Mexico – Taos, Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire, and Red River.
Beyond Wildflowers Landscaping
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative: A member-owned Electric Distribution Cooperative serving Taos, Colfax, and Rio Arriba Counties since 1944.

EXPLORE MORE
Taos County has countless sights and events – way more than we can cover in one email. Please visit the following sites for more information and recommendations:
Taos.org: The official guide for visitors to Taos, NM.
BeyondTaos.com: Navigate the cultural landscape of Northern New Mexico.
LiveTaos.com: Live Taos is your independent voice in Taos arts, entertainment, culture, current events, and more.

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.

Call for Artists 2019

Call for Artists to Participate in Taos N.M. Nighttime Festival

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

TAOS N.M. December 11, 2018 – The PASEO 2019, scheduled for September 13 – 14 in Taos Historic District, announces an international call for entries for multimedia installation, projection and performance art that can be installed, projected or performed outdoors. The deadline for entries is midnight February 28, 2019 and the application can be found at www.paseoproject.org/call-for-artists.
The Paseo Project, nonprofit host organization, is seeking work that is immersive, participatory and will make a dynamic impact within Taos Historic District. Both high-tech and low-tech submissions are welcome. Preference is given to work that engages with the architecture within the historic downtown. Work can be roving/migratory, performative, site-responsive, culturally-situated, land-based or somehow distort or disrupt scale and soundscape. Artists are to be present for the evening festival, which starts at sunset and runs to 11:00pm each evening. The Paseo Project provides artist stipends and a volunteer crew helps with any temporary structures that may need to be built.

The PASEO 2019 theme is “Connections.” The organization is seeking work that celebrates, contemplates or questions our interactions with each other, nature or the world. The Paseo Project seeks works that are in sync with its core mission to transform art through community and community through art.

Artists are encouraged to share their process of art making with the community. As part of the application process artists are invited to also submit proposals for adult and youth workshops, lectures and forums. The Paseo Project partners with a number of local organizations and schools to bring educational opportunities to our community. Lectures, workshops and a weekend Pecha Kucha event are planned. STEMarts@PASEO is an innovative educational program that brings middle and high school students into the art making process before and during the PASEO festival. Workshops can be one-day or two-days, incorporating hands-on technologies, science, or engineering activities that are part of the artist’s work. The artist must submit a lesson plan and concept for student performance/installation at the festival as part of the general application process. Stipends are available for eligible artists.

This open call will close on February 28, 2019. Entry is $15 and free for Taos County residents. Enter your zip code at checkout. All submitting artists will be contacted by March 25.

About Taos and the PASEO festival
Since 2014, this annual art festival has engaged the Taos community and visitors in the art making process during its two-night outdoor event. Now in its sixth year, the PASEO has become the most anticipated art event of the year, bringing out thousands of locals and visitors alike to fill the streets. Taos is a centuries old art colony and home to Taos Pueblo, UNESCO-protected and the oldest continually inhabited community in North America. The PASEO holds to the tradition of bringing artists from around the world to both inspire and be inspired. The PASEO is made possible by the Town of Taos, Taos County Lodgers Tax, MAE Foundation, Taos Community Foundation, Nina’s Fund, New Mexico Arts, a Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many generous individual donors and business sponsors.

In a Nutshell
The PASEO 2019 dates: September 13-14, sunset to 11:00pm
Call for entry deadline: midnight February 28, 2019
www.paseoproject.org/call-for-artists/

 

 

 

 

 

 

A PASEO 2018 Visitors Guide to Taos

September 9, 2018 – Lili Rusing, Deputy Director, Paseo Project

The PASEO 2018 is just five days away!! For those of you coming from out of town, we’ve put together some hot tips to make it the best trip ever, from practical tips to places to eat and drink and stay, and things to do during your visit to Taos.

Study Up: To enhance your PASEO experience, learn about the 33 featured artists and familiarize yourself with the festival map in advance on our website.

Get Acclimated: The weather can be unpredictable in Northern New Mexico and the PASEO will happen rain or shine. Wear layers and bring an umbrella. Also be sure to drink plenty of water while you are here – Taos is at high altitude and has a dry climate.

Find Parking: Plenty of free parking is available in downtown Taos. Check out this map (700kb PDF) for multiple public parking lots.

Check Out the Amazing Local Culture and Businesses: A visit to Taos is incomplete without visiting some of our incredible local businesses and sights, many of which are generous supporters of the PASEO and the arts in Taos.

We’ve broken it down into six easy categories for you: Entertainment, Food & Drink, Lodging, Retail, Art & Culture, and Services.

Entertainment

Taos Mesa Brewing. Photo: Bud Branch

Taos Mesa Brewing: Taos Mesa Brewing was founded in 2012 and has been providing excellent hand crafted beer and hosting renowned music from around the globe. Join us for the Official PASEO Afterparty at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership on Saturday 9/15, featuring Beats Antique, Govinda and more.
Adobe Bar at Taos Inn
Los Rios River Runners
Twirl Play and Discovery Place

Food & Drink

Common Fire

Common Fire: Art lovers welcome! Food lovers welcome! Massive, wood burning oven creates long menu of tasty deliciousness. All-craft/all-draft beer list. Great wine. Friendly. Noon-9 every single day.
Bent Street Deli
The Burger Stand @ Taos Ale House
Chokolá Bean to Bar
El Gamal
Gutiz
KOKO Coffee/Deli/Carry-Out
Lambert’s
Marshall’s Great Noodles
Orlando’s New Mexican Cafe
Parcht Bottle Shop + Bites
Pizaños
Taos Mesa Brewing
Taos Mountain Energy Bars
The Gorge Bar & Grill

Lodging

El Pueblo Lodge

El Pueblo Lodge: Located on four beautifully landscaped acres on the north side of Taos, we are a short walk to the Historic Taos Plaza, in addition to shops, galleries and world class restaurants.
Casa Gallina: Located just five minutes from the historic Taos Plaza, in a quiet, pastoral, farmland setting, Casa Gallina’s five adobe casitas offer an oasis of home and renewal for visitors to Taos.
El Monte Sagrado
Taos Inn

Retail

John Dunn Shops

John Dunn Shops: A beautiful pedestrian walkway with 20 creative, locally-owned shops and eateries between Taos Plaza and Bent Street.
Ace Hardware:Whether you are looking to build a new home or do a remodel, Rio Grande Ace Hardware is the place to get all of your materials in one place.
Cid’s Food Market
Taos Farmers Market
Red Willow Farmers Market

Art & Culture


Larry Bell: Hocus, Focus, and 12 at The Harwood Museum

203 Fine Art
Harwood Museum
Millicent Rogers Museum
NeoRio
Studio 107B
Taos Center for the Arts
Taos Galleries & Studios
Taos Pueblo

 

Services

Beyond Wildflowers Landscaping

Taos Land and Film: Private, affordable land within Rio Grande National Monument. Buy land in Taos and support independent filmmakers around the world.
Taos Properties Real Estate Investments: A boutique real estate agency for independently minded buyers and sellers. Serving the Taos community for over 20 years with compassion, professionalism, and integrity. Stop in and say hi!
Heritage Trust Company of New Mexico: Heritage Trust is a state-chartered, locally-owned, independent trust company, devoted to families and their advisors since 1994.
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative: A member-owned Electric Distribution Cooperative serving Taos, Colfax, and Rio Arriba Counties since 1944.
Rocky Mountain Soils: Topsoil supplier in Alamosa County, Colorado
TaosNet: Taos Net is a full-service internet provider serving northern New Mexico – Taos, Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire, and Red River.
US Bank: Bank smarter with U.S. Bank and browse personal and consumer banking services including checking and savings accounts, mortgages, student loans and more.
Beyond Wildflowers Landscaping
Dimond Mortgage
Page Patterson Real Estate

Explore More

Taos County has countless sights and events – way more than we can cover in one email. Please visit the following sites for more information and recommendations:

Taos.org: The official guide for visitors to Taos, NM.
BeyondTaos.com: Navigate the cultural landscape of Northern New Mexico.
LiveTaos.com: Live Taos is your independent voice in Taos arts, entertainment, culture, current events, and more.

 

PASEO 2018: Indigenous Cosmology Meets Particle Physics Youth Workshop

Indigenous Cosmology Meets Particle Physics

A live Tagtool painting on the tipi at Taos Day School

By Agnes Chavez, June 5, 2018

This three day youth workshop combined native science, western science and the arts to explore the universe. The workshop was part of the STEMarts@The Paseo Youth Program and took place at the Taos Day School as our first inter-school collaboration with TISA (Taos Integrated School of the Arts). In this workshop we brought together native and western world views through art. The goal was to expose students to radical new science concepts in the field of particle physics while emphasizing the importance of indigenous cosmology and storytelling as an integrated worldview. Twenty two 5th and 6th grade students from the Taos Pueblo Day School and five “teen leads” from TISA who had taken the workshop before participated in the sci-art experience. The workshop culminated with a tipi projection installation in the gym of the Taos Day School and the final tipi installation will be shown again for The PASEO festival on September 14, 15, 2018.

Lakota cultural specialist, Steve Tamayo
A virtual talk byCERN physicist, Dr. Steven Goldfarb

Particle Physics and Astrophysics
Through a virtual visit with CERN physicist, Dr. Steven Goldfarb, students learned about the Large Hadron Collider, the largest particle accelerator in Geneva Switzerland and how it is used to discover particles that are key to our understanding of the universe. Shane Wood, physics teacher and Quarknet fellow lead the hands-on physics activities developed by Quarknet. Nicole Lloyd- Ronning, an astrophysicist at Los Alamos National Lab made a guest visit to deepen student understanding of the cosmos through a hands on activity exploring Feynman diagrams.

Traditional Arts and Games
Lakota cultural specialist, Steve Tamayo, led the building of a Lakota Tipi, weaving of a dreamcatcher in the tipi and told stories that through metaphor explored the cosmological observations through traditional arts practices. The students created Feynman diagrams combined with petroglyph-inspired symbols which they painted on hide. They participated in opening and closing ceremonies.

Guest visit from Dr. Greg Cajete, Santa Clara author and professor of Native American studies
Dr. Greg Cajete visited the classroom to share stories from different tribes. In the workshop students were encouraged to artistically explore their unique cultural perspectives. Guided by the curriculum research of Dr. Greg Cajete and his book, Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence, we encouraged youth to imagine a new worldview that combines the advances of the scientific method and technological innovations with a life-sustaining ecology that is participatory and in balance with nature.

New Media Art and Technology
Students learned to use an iPad animation tool called Tagtool to express their new understandings about the universe. New media artist, Agnes Chavez taught the kids Tagtool to transfer their newly created stories into animated electronic projections. They learned to design creations for the parent performance and had a hand at live painting on the tipi. Tagtool and projection art added a fun and innovative tool to explore.

Inter-school Collaboration
TISA students had the experience of teaching what they had learned from past Tagtool workshops, demonstrating animation techniques, file saving and projection tools. It was an opportunity for these students to hone their leadership skills. This led to great learning experiences for both schools and as a result we plan to coordinate regular inter-school activities to continue to develop those bonds. TISA lent their projectors and iPads to Taos Day School and Megan Avina Bowers, Arts Coordinator and 5th grade teacher at TISA participated in the curriculum development and workshop overseeing the engagement of TISA students. Marilyn Trujillo and Leroy Martinez provided feedback and insights for improving the continued collaboration and we are all looking forward to future inter-school activities.

Future Activities
On September 13, 14, 15 a small group of the workshop students from Taos Day School and TISA will gather gather to assist the Paseo artist/teachers in putting up the tipi installation with student work for The PASEO festival and for the pre-festival PASEO Youth Day in the Space Cloud. Students will learn to be part of an international production for a festival and they will perform with Steve Tamayo as he engages the audience in making a Dreamcatcher inside the tipi.

This Paseo workshop was sponsored by the LANL Foundation in partnership with Taos Integrated School of the Arts, Quarknet, ATLAS Experiment at CERN and The Paseo Project.

The Paseo Gives Taos Youth the Tools to Protest with Light

TISA students project their call to save the nea on the walls of Taos Plaza

In September 2016, just before The Paseo nighttime art festival, artist-activists, Kyle Depew and Anna Ozbek of The Illuminator Collective led a workshop in Megan Bowers Avina’s classroom at Taos Integrated School of the Arts (TISA). The Paseo-sponsored workshop introduced students to The Illuminator’s political art guerrilla projection techniques, which were central to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The youth learned the principals of “urban projection” –  the use of technology, art, cinema, light, and story in an urban landscape to influence social change.

Fast forward to March 2017 when Ms Avina’s students expressed their concern over the new president’s apparent plan to de-fund the National Endowment for the Arts.

As any sensitive teacher or parent is likely to do, Megan encouraged her students to find a constructive outlet for their anger. They revisited the principals of peaceful political expression they learned in Kyle Depew and Anna Ozbek’s class. They created images, wrote statements, used projection mapping, video and rapid-response meme generation to create a group statement.

At sunset on Thursday evening, March 30, the students will present their art projection project to the community of Taos. Although it can’t be called “guerilla art” because they did get town and plaza business approval for a peaceful assembly, it will be a lesson in using art to start public discourse. It will also be an example of The Paseo Project’s vision to “transform art through community and community through art.”

Megan Bowers Avina says of this process, “Activism and social awareness always have a place in my curriculum. Growing compassionate learners is a priority in my classroom. I presented the idea of a world without arts funding to the students, assigned them the task of researching the NEA and sharing their findings with each other and me. Every student was given the choice of participation and all chose to join in creating an illuminating protest in honor of saving the NEA.”

At a Glance
WHAT: TISA Illuminated Protest in Support of the NEA
WHEN: March 30, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm
WHERE: Southside of Taos Plaza
MORE: The Illuminator art collective

Artist-activists, Kyle Depew and Anna Ozbek of The Illuminator Collective during The Paseo 2016
Artist-activists, Kyle Depew and Anna Ozbek of The Illuminator Collective during The Paseo 2016

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The Paseo 2016 Numbers Show Taos Art Scene is Thriving

The Paseo 2016 outdoor art festival’s praise and participation peaks for the third year.

Paseo 2016 performance by Robert Mirabal and Joe Dean in a big video dome installed in Kit Carson Park.
Paseo 2016 performance by Robert Mirabal and Joe Dean in a big video dome installed in Kit Carson Park.

On Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th, twenty-one Paseo-sponsored art installations (and a number of gallery-sponsored presentations) were viewed by a flood of locals and visitors in a huge and joyful public gathering in Taos, New Mexico.

The Paseo presented installation, performance, and projection art on the streets of the historic district of Taos from 5:00pm to 10:00pm on both Friday and Saturday as part of Taos Fall Arts Festival, now in its 42nd year.

All the Paseo artworks were participatory, meaning the audience was invited to be part of the art– eat it, touch it, dance with it, re-color it, step inside of it. The artists of each piece were present to explain their process and intentions on site and at Daytime@ThePaseo workshops and lectures, a new addition in 2016 to the three-year-old phenomenon.

A roving projection bicycle throws images on the Old County Courthouse on Taos Plaza. By VJ Suave and OMAi.
A roving projection bicycle throws images on the Old County Courthouse on Taos Plaza. By VJ Suave and OMAi.

THE 2016 PASEO NUMBERS
The 21 installations were conceived and produced by 25 artists. Of those, seven were artists living in New Mexico, two were from within Taos County. Eight artists were international in origin—from Brazil, Colombia, Vienna and Spain. In addition, 13 local galleries and businesses sponsored Taos installations by Taos artists. All the Paseo artists were paid for their work, thanks to funding received from grants and contributions from individual supporters. (More on that below.)

Twelve artists presented pre-festival workshops in Taos middle and high schools through a program titled STEMartsLAB@ThePASEO which exposes students to cutting-edge technologies, science and art. Approximately 700 Taos youth from 13 schools participated in these workshops, many of whom also worked with their artist teacher on his/her festival installation. Another 1800 youth participated in Hands-on@ThePaseo maker activities.

This year, 150 volunteers helped pull off the multi-venue event. The Paseo planning team consisted of 7 staff members and an advisory board of 11 art experts. The Town of Taos contributed over $7000 in staff time and technical assets to the weekend events.

Taos Fall Arts Festival (TFAF), the nonprofit umbrella for the Paseo, hosted indoor art exhibits in two venues during the Paseo (185 Taos artists were included). Over 700 people were counted at opening weekend of TFAF’s prestigious Taos Select exhibition and 600 at the popular Taos Open exhibition.

The Paseo’s economic impact on Taos is yet to be measured in gross receipts and lodgers tax numbers, as they will not be available for several months. However, a poll of six downtown hotels showed a 100% occupancy rate in the historic district over the weekend indicating 1600 overnight visitors were within walking distance of the Paseo. Combining this data with walking traffic from day visitors, local residents and B & B guests, the Paseo team estimates between 6,000 and 8,000 people shared the Paseo experience—and the other art events occurring in Taos over the weekend. (These events were Taos Fall Arts exhibits, Old Taos Trade Fair, Taos Fall Arts and Crafts Fair and a number of gallery openings)

On-site surveys show that participants in The Paseo 2016 came from many cities and states: 59% were Taos County residents, 16% from other New Mexico communities, 5% from Colorado, 3% from both California and Ohio, and1% from both Oregon and Texas. The remaining came from other states.

The Paseo describes itself as “a 100% free public art festival.” However, in 2016 several ticketed events were added: three workshops, an after party, and a Robert Mirabal/Joe Dean multimedia concert in a big video dome located in Kit Carson Park. Approximately $4000 was raised in theses efforts. The Paseo 2016 was funded primarily by grants. New Mexico Tourism Department’s events grant bestowed on events that embody the New Mexico True experience contributed $15,000. The Town of Taos and Taos County Lodgers Tax also provided funding, as did over 180 private donors and local businesses. The 2016 Paseo budget was $100,000.

Links:
Paseo website: https://paseoproject.org
STEMarts website: http://www.stemartslab.com/
View photos of The Paseo 2016 on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/h49zuev

Media: please request access to high res images on Dropbox: Janet Webb, 575-770-6392 or media@paseoproject.org

PASEO 2016 Festival Launch – September 23

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