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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
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







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.


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
KOKO Coffee/Deli/Carry-Out
Marshall’s Great Noodles
Orlando’s New Mexican Cafe
Parcht Bottle Shop + Bites
Taos Mesa Brewing
Taos Mountain Energy Bars
The Gorge Bar & Grill


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


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
Studio 107B
Taos Center for the Arts
Taos Galleries & Studios
Taos Pueblo



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: The official guide for visitors to Taos, NM. Navigate the cultural landscape of Northern New Mexico. 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.