The Paseo Project is excited to present the publication of Acequia Aquí: The History and Preservation of the Acequia Madre del Río Pueblo.
The Acequia Aqui booklet was prepared over the past 10 months and is 12 pages of maps, history, visual guide to local laws, acequia vocabulario, and an essay by Sylvia Rodriguez. All together they illuminate the value of our deteriorating acequia network located at the heart of the town of Taos.
Through this exploration, the Paseo Project seeks to transform our community by celebrating the downtown acequia network through creative and artistic events and installations. J. Matthew Thomas, Director and Project Lead for the publication of this booklet states, “With the help of this booklet, we hope that our community will better understand the history and value the acequia system has provided to our town 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 Acequia Madre del Rio Pueblo. The booklet was in collaboration with the Acequia Madre del Rio Pueblo, Sylvia Rodriguez, Dorie Hagler, The Mildred Tolbert Family Archive, and a number of acequia supporters.
These booklets will be distributed at the booklet launch, with donations being accepted to support the Acequias. A midday lunch is being planned, with community guests to speak. The entire community is invited to this free, family friendly event.
Founded in 2007, The LOR Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to helping rural communities in the Intermountain West thrive. LOR partners with rural communities to help them realize their vision for a better future by supporting and investing in local solutions that enhance quality of life. www.lorfoundation.org.
The Paseo Project transforms community with art and art with community. Since 2014, the organization has hosted an annual free fall outdoor art event as well as other community events and collaborations throughout the year that bring projection, installation and performance art to the streets of Taos. www.paseoproject.org.
Photograph by Dorie Hagler, part of her Keeping Faith series, 2003-2011.