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!
PASEO Party on the Plaza
Saturday September 23, 2017
Taos, New Mexico
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.