Paseo overview 2020

The PASEO 2020 Overview

PASEO 2020 has already started! 

The PASEO is launching a summer series that can be enjoyed safely, so you can get your PASEO fix all summer long.

Our 2020 theme was already Transformations, so we’re stepping into the challenge.
We’ll be presenting interventions,
pop-ups, public art installations,
and virtual experiences
from June – September. 

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Your journey though PASEO 2020 starts here: 
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Artist in Quarantine – A Podcast for the Apocalypse.

It all started in a quarantine. Would PASEO 2020 happen?  Could we take over the streets of Taos with art this year? Our 2020 theme was already Transformations, so our team stepped up to the challenge. 

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Art in Quarantine: In April we checked in with our local artists (and not so local artists) to hear from them during the lock-down time of COVID19. Artists have a way of knowing how to navigate the unknown, and their words soothed our soul while inspiring our spirit. Start out by listening in to our artists, interviewed by Paseo Project Director, Matt Thomas. 

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Nikesha Breeze: 2020 Taos Travelling Resident

2020 Taos Travelling Residency: The time at home allowed us to remember the power of sharing our community with others. For years we have brought artists from all over the world to PASEO. Taos has inspired many and while we were inspired by these creative visitors, now it was time for us to send our artists out to get inspired. In May 2020 we announced our first Taos Travelling Resident: Nikesha Breeze.  For 2020, we offered a one-month artist residency at the world-renowned Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont. Learn more about Nikesha and her work here

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It’s April, and now we’re in total lock down. We are all learning how to speak Zoom. We haven’t changed clothes in days and we count rolls of toilet paper to keep sane. It was time for us to spark up the creative engines. We needed help and launched an open call for “Windows on the Future” with fellow art organizations, Vital Spaces in Santa Fe and 516 ARTS in Albuquerque.

Windows on the Future: Featured Artist J. Renee Tanner with “Glove Cloud.”

Over 300 artists applied and with the support of our sponsors, granted $500 to 60 artists from all over Northern New Mexico. In July we launched the installations. Now extended through August. Take some time to explore the map, take a tour, and keep your social distancing in check!

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And then we get a little air in early July. Things lighten up a bit as we can visit our favorite restaurants, go to the gym, or even pop into one of our favorite galleries downtown. We’re wearing masks now and we remember – it takes a community. And cue CENSUS 2020!  Let’s all get behind this. Census data determines funding coming into our state and community from federal, state and private entities. We partnered with Taos County Census to encourage everyone in our community to make their census count! We held an open call to artists and creatives of all ages: create a #TaosCountyCounts Census 2020 poster and post it on social media! You can check out the winning posters here, and tell a friend – ‘Come to your Census!’ 

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June came around quickly and we were not sure what was going to happen, everything was getting cancelled: from local museum openings to larger events and festivals. Including Pride events all over the world. The Paseo Project, in partnership with Taos Pride reached out to our creative LGBTQ’s and asked them some questions.  You can read all about it here. See what is inspiring them, what support they have, and what they are listening too right now. 

Artist in Residence for 2020, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez

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We’re getting hopeful now, as we journey though the summer of COVID – could we start to make some plans?  In late June we announced our 2020 Paseo Project Artist in Residence, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez. It was all planned out, Mr. Hernandez will be in Taos for two weeks to install a series of murals. In collaboration with Taos youth, including DreamTree Project and students from Vista Grande High School, these murals would inspire and be inspired by our local youth. But remember, pandemic!  And as the numbers of cases increased all around us, we had to postpone Mr. Muñoz Hernandez from coming to Taos…but we are hopeful. You can learn more about him and his work here. 

Capsule, a new interactive art installation by Christian Ristow and Christina Sporrong.

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As you can imagine, there is no way we can bring 1,000’s out to the streets of Taos this fall. But we’re not defeated yet!  Art Can’t Be Cancelled!  We needed to keep that perfectly clear…So, welcome, Capsule. In the face of COVID-19 shut-downs, two arts organizations in Taos County — The Paseo Project and Seco Live — teamed up to commission Capsule, a new interactive art installation by Christian Ristow and Christina Sporrong. Set to open to the public in the village of Arroyo Seco in August and be on view through summer and fall. Visitors are encouraged to submit reflections, thoughts, and intentions that will be burned inside the sculpture at a festival-like gathering at a date TBD (ummm, will this ever end?).  Artists Christian Ristow and Christina Sporrong are both known around the world for making massive sculptural projects that incorporate robotics, fire, and interactive elements. Following solo careers through similar territories, they have each created iconic works for major art and music festivals. Though their lives have been intertwined for over 15 years, this commission is the couple’s first collaborative artwork. And though Ristow and Sporrong are some of Taos’ most beloved living artists, Capsule is their first local commission

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Sasha vom Dorp projected on the iconic Hotel La Fonda de Taos

We became inspired by this idea…Art Cannot Be Cancelled… and what about this art at a distance, art that can be enjoyed slow, and safely?  Perhaps PASEO 2020 would take place, perhaps our PASEO alumni could help us out.  At the risk of drawing a crowd and dreamt up a Surprise PASEO 2020, a DRIVE-THRU projection experience. We’d share it by word of mouth, limit all marketing to teasers, and invite all our out-of-state PASEO artist to submit their work digitally.  With the Town’s support, and the ability to rent over 15 projectors, we set the stage for a one-time-only experience – Taos Plaza immersed in light!  But it was the collaboration with KNCE True Taos Radio and DJ Julia Daye that made even more special. For two hours each night PASEO took over the airwaves with music mixed by DJ Julia Daye, and beautiful shout-outs by our artists, wishing the community well and sharing their process and creative intentions.

Hundreds made it out for a beautiful weekend. Cruising the plaza once more included art, creativity and community.  You can see the full line up of our artists here.  The radio takeover is coming soon, and video and photos are on our social media channels. PASEO strikes again, with light, levity, inspiration and community.

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And we are taking it day by day, and week by week. Have a safe journey everyone. And rest assured, we’ll be back with more soon!