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U.S. Youth Ambassador opportunity

New Mexico middle and high school students! Check out this opportunity.

The Experiment Digital: STEAM Discovery Lab brings together youth from the U.S. and Egypt for a fully funded winter virtual exchange from February 8 until March 21 2021. If you are interested in building your leadership skills while also learning more about topics in science, math and the arts, this could be a great opportunity for you! You will also build connections and understanding with people from all over the US and Egypt, giving you a chance to develop relationships and learn together. Take a look here for more information and to apply.

Priority Application due December 10, 2020; Final admissions deadline is January 8, 2021.

(x)trees installation and STEAM educational tour: Guadalajara, Mexico 2018

New Mexico artist/educator, Agnes Chavez and projection artist, Joe Abraham Dean were invited to project the (x)trees in Guadalajara as part of the U.S. Arts Envoy Sister City initiative. (x)trees is a video projection that will generate a forest of dynamically growing trees on to the Guadalajara Cathedral. The tree branches are generated from messages collected from participants of the Sister City initiative between Albuquerque and Guadalajara, capturing the collective spirit of the two countries through text messages. Branch by branch the trees form and the messages from each branch are displayed for a fleeting moment. The (x)trees represent our universal connection to each other through nature and technology.

Sister Cities International hosted its first-ever U.S.-Mexico Sister Cities Mayors Summit in Guadalajara February 15-16, 2018. Designed to promote grassroots citizen diplomacy and the concept of cross-border, city-to-city collaboration in the 21st century, the summit addressed themes related to immigration, innovation, economic integration, trade, and security. Agnes and Joe Dean projected the (x)trees for the summit luncheon as a way to underscore the power of art and technology to act as cross-cultural communication tools and binding agents between cities.

Agnes shared her work and STEAM initiatives in a tour to high schools and universities throughout the city organized by the Consulate General of Guadalajara. Follow (x)trees in Guadalajara on Facebook!

Agnes Chavez is the founder of the STEMarts Lab and cofounder of The Paseo Project outdoor arts festival in Taos.

Post by Janet Web. Beyond Taos adapted for this site.

STEMarts (x)change 2020

AMERICAN CORNER@

UNIVERSITY OF LISBON

FACULTY OF LETTERS (FLUL)

American Corner@University of Lisbon Faculty of Letters, Space to be transformed!

Artist, Agnes Chavez, founder of the STEMarts Lab is starting a new collaboration with the University of Lisbon Faculty of Letters. The vision is to create a synergistic collaboration between creative individuals/educational institutions in New Mexico and the American Corner@FLUL in Lisbon through transdisciplinary educational projects and international exchange. Through this collaboration we will design exciting transdisciplinary projects that focus on the intersection of art, science, technology and applied humanities to explore and communicate participatory solutions to socio-environmental design challenges.

The STEMarts transdisciplinary approach will be achieved by bringing together academic and non-academic participants in the creation process, toward the common goal of finding innovative solutions and/ or raising awareness to a social challenge.

The goal is to collaborate with American Corners@FLUL to design a pilot STEMarts (x)change project that will;

  • Integrate art, science and technology into the real world social topics explored by students in the Cultural Creative program to expand the learning beyond the classroom.
  • Facilitate exchange visits with creative partners in New Mexico/Lisbon to share strategies, knowledge and the latest research and innovations.
  • Engage the students and general public in the process of investigation and exploration through a culminating immersive and participatory installation and a real world community outreach component.

TISA kids going to CERN!

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

I am excited to announce that the TISA class that I have been working with since 4th grade on the Projecting Particles (particle physics + art + culture) project will be visiting CERN on their 8th grade graduating Europe trip. Most of the kids have participated in the annual Projecting Particles workshop. On the science side that includes learning particle physics from CERN physicist, Dr. Steven Goldfarb, Quarknet staff/physics teacher Shane Wood and/or LANL astrophysicist, Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning. On the art side they have learned projection art making from Austrian artist, Markus Dorninger (MAKI), using his amazing #Tagtool app, Steve Tamayo for the Lakota cosmology worldview iteration, and myself as the artist/education director that weaves it all together into an immersive sci-art learning experience.

To kick off their exciting European trip that will take them through Switzerland and Italy they will come to CERN where Dr. Steven Goldfarb and myself will be there to give them a personal tour. Steven will be showing them where he works at the ATLAS Experiment and facilitate the CERN Lab tours.

I will be taking them to visit the CERN Data Center where I have been working for the past 3 years with a team to design and build a permanent installation called Fluidic Data. This 42′ high installation visualizes data from the Large Hadron Collider through a play of water and light. Students will learn how Fluidic Data works to visualize data and what is the symbology used to visualize the 26 particles including the famous Higgs Boson.

Evening shot of Fluidic Data, 13m high installation in the stairwell of the CERN Data Center

.The CERN TISA students will also visit the IdeaSquare@CERN, a very cool space whose mission is ‘Connecting curious minds to accelerate ideas through collaboration, R&D prototyping, and experimental innovation.’ This is where I did most of my prototyping in their maker space and where I met Dr. Umut Kose, physicist and Project Associate at CERN Neutrino Platform who does his exciting work on neutrinos in this space. Umut was a co-creater of the Fluidic Data installation. Students will meet the Fluidic Data team and see for themselves how the CERN Data Center collects and redistributes data from the four experiments at CERN: ATLAS, ALICE, LHCb and CMS

IdeaSquare@CERN

This school year 2020, we will be working with the CERN TISA kids once again with special visits and workshops. Yesterday Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, an astrophysicist at LANL, facilitated a fascinating hands-on workshop that answered student questions about supernovae, black holes, neutron stars, the fabric of space/time, and why it matters. Students did interactive activities on dark matter detection and learned how we get information from light, playing with invisible UV ink. Special thanks to Nicole who is a great teacher and a wonderful role model for the girls!

Student painting the galaxies with UV light reactive invisible ink

I am so impressed with what these students have learned about the fundamental nature of the universe through particle physics, art and culture, and why it matters. Our hope is that experiencing the universality and interconnections in nature will build empathy and tolerance for each other and for all species on this earth toward becoming more compassionate caretakers of our planet and our universe. Special thanks to Megan Avina Bowers, the TISA teacher that helped create the curriculum and guided the students in the first 3 years of development. It would never have happened without her commitment and creativity. She always found time for our intensive multi-day workshops. And special thanks to the Taos Integrated School of the Arts that as a school supports this unconventional teaching approach where we turn the cafeteria into an immersive interactive learning environment!

Projecting Particles presentation to parents and all students to see what the CERN TISA kids had learned and created.

For those interested in supporting these students and their exciting trip to CERN they are starting to raise money now for their Spring 2021 graduating trip. For more information please contact Sally Greywolf, the teacher that is now organizing the trip and spearheading the CERN TISA project. 575-758-7755 or sally@tisataos.org

PASEO 2018: Indigenous Cosmology Meets Particle Physics Youth Workshop

Indigenous Cosmology Meets Particle Physics

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.

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.

Learn more about the Projecting Particles project.

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

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.

Artists and Creative Thinkers Convene to Examine Creativity in Society

Final report.

Moderator Sammy Hoi, president of the Maryland College of Art, higher education leader and advocate for creative professionals as drivers of social, economic, and cultural advancement

Agnes Chavez, New media artist, educator, and founder of STEMarts Lab.com

Suzy Delvalle, President and Executive Director of Creative Capital

Shirlette Ammons, musician, poet

Thank you National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu and all NEA staff members and partners for this important report and for bringing together 200 artists/art organizations to explore this topic in person and in depth. It was inspiring and the friendships and partnerships formed will most surely lead to collaborations that will have even greater impact in the years to come. Thank you Maria Lopez De Leon for recommending me for the exciting Framing Panel: The Here and Now of Arts and Creativity. It was honor to share thoughts with Suzy Delvalle and Shirlette Ammons. View the

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What happens when a physicist from CERN, a Lakota water protector, a Tewa educator and a new media artist meet with 26 Taos fourth and fifth graders?

Perhaps, opposing worldviews will converge to create a new balance in the universe!

Reposted from Janet Webb, Beyondtaos.com
Taos, NM, April 2017

“Lakota Cosmology Meets Particle Physics” is a youth workshop at Taos Integrated School for the Arts (TISA) organized by their new STEAM Lab@TISA coordinator, artist-educator, Agnes Chavez. On Monday, April 10, students from Megan Bowers Avina’s TISA classroom will spend the morning with Dr. Steven Goldfarb (CERN Physicist) and Steve Tamayo (Lakota Cultural Specialist and Water Protector) exploring the mystery of Dark Matter through the lens of two worldviews. Megan explains, “Agnes and I have been working with the TISA students for weeks preparing them with creative activities on Dark Matter and native science-western science worldviews. The kids are incredibly talented, compassionate, and have developed insight on the possibilities of what makes up Dark Matter, even impressing the scientist from CERN with their theories.”

The two-day workshop is part of the Projecting Particles Project, introduced during The PASEO 2014 – which also included a virtual collaboration with Dr. Goldfarb and the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. Now Dr. Goldfarb will appear in person to explain the Large Hadron Collider, the largest particle accelerator in the world, and how it is used to discover particles that are the key to our understanding of the universe. With Standing Rock water protector, Steve Tamayo, students will learn the indigenous way of using science to relate to the physical world. The students will participate in the building of a Lakota tipi as they hear metaphorical stories that share the cosmological observations of indigenous peoples. Guided by the research and wisdom of Dr. Cajete, the interdisciplinary team will encourage youth to imagine a new worldview that combines science, technological and life-sustaining ecology that is in balance with nature.

With artist Agnes Chavez, students will transfer their newly created stories into animated electronic graphics to be projected inside of the tipi, creating an installation that they will share with the community at a live performance on April 11. Chavez will be assisted by three Taos High School students, all of whom have participated in past Projecting Particles workshops where they learned the Tagtool animation tool from Paseo artist and Tagtool app developer, Markus Dorninger.

The public will be able view a video documenting “Lakota Cosmology Meets Particle Physics” in three different roundtable discussions  – in Taos, Espanola and Santa Fe.

Quick View:
April 10-11 – Lakota Cosmology Meets Particle Physics: Exploring Dark Matter
Youth Workshop for TISA students at Taos Youth and Family Center (limited press passes available)

April 11, 7:00 – 9:00pm – Live public viewing of student projection inside Lakota tipi
Taos Youth and Family Center, 407 Paseo del Cañon East, Taos

April 12, 6:00pm – Public Roundtable Discussion with Video of TISA workshop
Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos

April 13, noon-2:00pm – Public Roundtable Discussion with Video of TISA workshop
Northern New Mexico Community College, 2921 N Paseo de Onate, Española

April 13, 6:00pm – Public Roundtable Discussion with Video of TISA workshop
Biocultura, 1505 Agua Fria Street, Santa Fe

About the participants of “Lakota Cosmology Meets Particle Physics”

Dr. Steve Goldfarb is a physicist from the University of Melbourne, working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN in Geneva Switzerland. He is active in education and outreach, is the webmaster for the ATLAS public web pages, co-chair of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, on-site coordinator of the REU Summer Student and Research Semester Abroad programs for American undergraduates at CERN, and advisory board member for Quarknet.

Steve Tamayo is based in Omaha Nebraska. He draws upon his family history as a member of the Sicangu Lakota tribe. His fine arts education (BFA from Singe Gleska University) along with his cultural upbringing have shaped him as an artist, historian, storyteller and dancer. Steve provides activities during his residencies that include art and regalia making, drumming, powwow dance demonstrations and lectures on the history, symbolism and meaning behind the Native customs and traditions. Most recently Steve led workshops with kids at Standing Rock Oceti Sakowin Camp.

Dr. Greg Cajete is a Native American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of indigenous knowledge in education. Dr. Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has served as a New Mexico Humanities scholar in ethno botany of Northern New Mexico and as a member of the New Mexico Arts Commission. Dr. Cajete has authored five books: Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education, (Kivaki Press, 1994); Ignite the Sparkle: An Indigenous Science Education Curriculum Model, (Kivaki Press, 1999); Spirit of the Game: Indigenous Wellsprings (2004) , A People’s Ecology: Explorations in Sustainable Living, and Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence (Clearlight Publishers, 1999 and 2000).

Agnes Chavez is a new media artist and educator and co-director of The Paseo, working at the intersection of art, science, technology and social practice. She partners with scientists and programmers to explore our relationship to nature and technology through data visualization, sound and projections. Her recent installation, Origination Point, visualized the origins of matter and the Higgs Field, informed by a research stay at the ATLAS Experiment at CERN in 2015. Agnes is Co-Director of The PASEO, the outdoor participatory arts festival which brings projection, performance and installation art to the streets of Taos, New Mexico. In 2009 she founded the STEMarts Lab, which empowers youth through STEAM workshops that integrate science, technology and new media arts through social practice.

Megan Bowers Avina Is a nationally award-winning photojournalist and artist who has lived in Taos for over 20 years. Avina is the Art’s Curriculum Coordinator at the Taos Integrated School of the Arts and fourth grade teacher. Avina strives to create a classroom atmosphere of real world issues to inspire her students to become critical thinkers and instruments of positive change in their community/world. Avina is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and is currently obtaining her Masters of Fine Arts at UNM. Avina is ecstatic to have joined forces with Chavez in bringing an amazing curriculum to the students at the Taos Integrated School of the Arts.

Thanks to sponsors TISA and a grant from the Martin Foundation, ATLAS Experiment at CERN, Harwood Museum of The Arts, Taos Youth and Family Center and Northern New Mexico Community College.

How Standing Rock inspired a new STEAM youth curriculum

A visit to the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock has inspired a new STEAM curriculum for youth. Through a multicultural collaboration with indigenous educators, artists and particle physicists students will explore the correlations of indigenous cosmology to modern science through art and social practice.  The curriculum will focus on our human connection to nature, science and technology through diverse worldviews.

As an artist and Americorp VISTA working at the intersection of art, science, technology and education I focus on youth, inspiring them to discover who they are and their connection to their community and the world. So when I heard that Standing Rock was started by youth, supported by elders and sustained by over 300 tribal nations and countless activist organizations from around the world, I felt called to action. When I got there elders told me they felt it was their prayers calling people. I believe that Standing Rock is an important and transformational movement. I wanted to go in person to meet and support the youth leaders from the International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC) and I had heard from Taos Pueblo drum maker, Christopher Lujan that someone had started a school at the camp for the over 200 kids living there. So I got together with Chris , Jason Rodriguez of ARTAOS and teacher, Megan Avina Bowers at TISA (Taos Integrated School of the Arts) and we designed a workshop for the kids which resulted in student-created banners which I delivered to the young water protectors.  They were so open and appreciative of this gift from the kids that they even took the time to record a video message for them. What impressed me most is that they are not just fighting the pipeline, they are focused on the idea of building a Just Transition Community grounded in prayer and modeling to the youth a new way to be in this world. I saw how they were focused on educating and raising awareness to the change that needs to happen to protect our natural and cultural resources for future generations, while understanding the important connection between ecological diversity and cultural diversity.

The media has not been covering this story, so the youth have taken to Facebook live streaming, drone footage from the front lines, and creating YouTube videos to communicate their message. The youth of Standing Rock are using the new Facebook live stream technology and free social media platform to  shake up the world and I came back wanting to continue this work in our schools and communities.

While there, I met Steve Tamayo, one of the Lakota teachers at the Oceti Sakowin school managed by Teresa Dzieglewicz who was living at the camp. Steve was sharing Lakota traditions while teaching kids how to build a Tipi.  I told him about a project I started in 2009 called Projecting Particles, collaborating with scientists at CERN, home of the particle accelerator in Switzerland. The workshops combine projection art and particle physics to explore new understandings of the universe.  We saw some fascinating correlations between traditional Lakota cosmology and modern particle physics.  We are now collaborating with CERN physicist, Dr. Steven Goldfarb,  to design a curriculum that explores these correlations through STEAM youth projects and a community lecture series. We hope that increasing understanding of radically new science concepts while building appreciation for the significance of indigenous cosmology and worldview can provide students with a meaningful, collaborative and unifying way to explore and understand the world around us.

Follow this blog to see how this project evolves.