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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Taos Pueblo Day School Returns to The Paseo with Native-Inspired Monsters

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September 12, 2017

You could hear a pin drop while Richard Archuleta spoke to the 30 + kids at Taos Pueblo Day School.  Richard shared educational stories about pollution and stressed the  children’s important role as environmental stewards. This was part of a special STEMarts @The Paseo workshop led by Megan Avina Bowers as Paseo volunteer teacher from TISA (Taos Integrated School of the Arts), Leroy Martinez and Marilyn Trujillo, the 5th and 6th grade Day School teachers. Students learned about this years Paseo STEAM Monster Design Challenge and designed native-inspired monsters created with markers, beads and feathers.

The monsters are inspired by Paseo’s featured artist this year, Motomichi Nakamura.  We shared with the students how the artist is inspired by Japanese Shintu and environmental and cultural explorations of monsters from his homeland in Japan. Richard Archuleta shared with students how Taos Pueblo has its own cultural monsters and encouraged them to be creative and imaginative. They complied!

The student entries will be showcased on The Paseo Project website and winning monsters will be curated and projected by  Motomichi on to Plaza buildings for the grand PASEO Party on the Plaza event taking place September 23, 2017  7-11pm. The students representing the participating schools are invited to attend the event to learn about projection mapping techniques and interact with the audience.

Taos Pueblo and Native American artists from around the country have been participating in The PASEO since year one when Santa Fe artist, Will Wilson brought his installation, The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX) project. Last year Claireen Espinoza’s class worked with Dine artist, Bert Benally, to create an LED interactive sand painting on Civic Plaza Drive for The PASEO 2016 festival. In the same year Taos Pueblo multi media artist, Robert Mirabal, offered Star Runner, a special fundraiser in the dome in collaboration with 360-degree interstellar visuals by Joe Abraham Dean of Lumenscape.

This year in addition to the Taos Day School Monster entries, we have a special performance by Taos Pueblo dancer, CJ Bernal and Ballet Taos. This edgy multimedia genre-smashing new dance troupe in town will be part of the Silent Disco installation. Not to be missed!

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PASEO Party on the Plaza

Saturday September 23, 2017

7-11pm

Taos Plaza

Taos,  New Mexico

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STEMarts@ThePaseo is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the Martin Foundation, the Nina E. Nilssen Scholarship Fund, US Bank, GarageCube and Americorps VISTA.

The Paseo Project is a 501c-3 nonprofit whose mission is to transform art through community and community through art. Its board of directors includes Joleen Montoya, Liz Neely, Morten Nilssen, Elizabeth Crittenden-Palacios, Molly Robertson, and Janet Webb. Co-directors are Agnes Chavez and J. Matthew Thomas.

 

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STEMarts@The PASEO 2017 Youth Program in Full Swing

 

September 12, 2017

STEMarts Lab enters its fourth year designing the youth and education program for The Paseo Festival. The STEMarts@The PASEO youth program is a series of educational workshops that go into all Taos County schools, allowing students to collaborate with PASEO festival artists exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in their art making process. For the festival, an artist is placed into every middle and high school in Taos. Teacher and students work with the artist up to one week prior and then perform/install their work live at The PASEO event.

Students learn valuable STEAM skills through creative expression, social practice and collaboration, and are empowered as their creations become part of a real world event. We believe that the challenge and potential of STEAM education is for all students to have access to the latest technologies and 21st century thinking, especially in rural areas with limited access. The PASEO is the perfect platform for local students to use these tools to play, explore and imagine a better world.

For the 2017 PASEO Party on the Plaza interim event we built a unique STEAM Monster Design Challenge around the work of Paseo featured artist, Motomichi Nakamura. This Taos county call for middle and high school student submissions is based on Motomichi’s Tiny People and Giant Monster series in which he incorporates the monster theme as a mythological character to explore environmental issues.

Through an online STEMarts Design Tool, workshops and school performances students will have the opportunity to design a STEAM Monster which will be displayed on our website. Winners of the challenge will have their monsters projected on to buildings around the plaza alongside the artist’s work.

Motomichi says, “I believe my imagination was influenced by the Japanese Shinto, the native animistic religion of Japan that’s based on the idea that all things in nature are inhabited by spirits that can sometimes become supernatural monsters. My idea for PASEO is that the various monsters will come visit Taos from various places just for the night and play around. Also, I always like the idea that the digital projection doesn’t leave any physical trace after the installation which kind of reminds me of ghosts, spirits or mythical creatures.”

Based on Motomichi’s work with 2D animation and character design, the participants are creating their own original monsters to submit by September 15, 2017. All the entries will be showcased on the Paseo Project website and the best entries will be curated and projected on to plaza buildings by Motomichi for the Party on the Plaza event. Students are invited to assist the artist with the projection installation stations to learn the technology behind projection mapping  and explain the project to the audience.

STEMarts@ThePaseo is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the Martin Foundation, the Nina E. Nilssen Scholarship Fund, US Bank, GarageCube and Americorps VISTA.

The Paseo Project is a 501c-3 nonprofit whose mission is to transform art through community and community through art. Its board of directors includes Joleen Montoya, Liz Neely, Morten Nilssen, Elizabeth Crittenden-Palacios, Molly Robertson, and Janet Webb. Co-directors are Agnes Chavez and J. Matthew Thomas.