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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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