Partners

UNM Digital Media Arts Program 1

Partners: Peter Walker and Enrico Trujillo

Grade(s): First year college

Mission: The DMA program offers a solid foundation in technology, a rich creative background in the arts, and the communication  skills  necessary  to  convey  ideas  in  the  digital  realm.  The  proposed  curriculum is  interdisciplinary, including courses from the art and computer/IT areas and will provide practical, applied  education  towards  entry-­‐level  positions  in  digital  media  and  IT  support.  The  program  is  designed to quickly develop the workplace and content skills necessary for entry-­‐level work, with further concentrations in digital media design and technology.

STEAM Project: Animation students will participate in a 10 hour projection mapping workshop led by Paseo featured artist, Motomichi Nakamura. Students will work with UNM instructor, Peter Walker to complete their STEAM Monster animations before the artists arrives. They will then learn how to map their animations on to buildings using Madmapper and Module 8, generously donated by Garagecube. The final projection will take place for the for the PASEO Party on the Plaza.

UNM ABQ Computational Sustainability Class and Taos Academy
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Partners:

Andrea Polli and UNM ABQ students

Nikesha Breeze, artist/Taos Academy facilitator

Michael Santistevan, Kit Carson Electric

Grade(s): Middle/high school mixed

Mission: The mission of Taos Academy is to prepare students in fifth through twelfth grade to achieve and maintain a level of excellence by supporting and promoting academic achievement, strong leadership skills, and social responsibility. Through the use of innovative curriculum, leadership training, and enrichment opportunities, we foster a community of self-motivated, independent, lifelong learners. The partnership of school, parents, and community creates a learning environment where students acquire the knowledge, leadership skills, and sense of responsibility needed to succeed in the 21st century.

STEAM project: Monster Hack workshop

The Monster Hack workshop will be led by Andrea Polli and her students from the UNM-ABQ Computational Sustainability class. A group of ten UNM graduate students will come to Taos to lead a full day hands-on workshop which will complement the Motomichi theme. Nikeesha is the computer graphics teacher at Taos Academy and will be colllaborating to guide the students throughout the design process.

Based on the contents from Andrea Polli's book, Hack the Grid, students will delve into the topic of energy, climate change and sustainability as inspiration for their STEAM Monsters. They will visit a solar plant and transformer station to experience first hand the energy sources and as inspiration for their art. Andrea and the UNM students will then facilitate as students use photoshop to design the energy-inspired monster characters.

Andrea Polli is an artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology whose practice includes media installation, public interventions, curating and directing art and community projects and writing. She currently is an Associate Professor in Art and Ecology with a joint appointment in Fine Arts and Engineering, the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media, and the Director of the Social Media Workgroup at the Center for Advanced Research Computing at the University of New Mexico. She founded and runs The Social Media Workgroup which investigates the social and ecological impacts of media technology through practice-based research. Based at the University of New Mexico, the group designs and creates projects related to media technology, environment and social change.

Somos Young Writers Program3

Partners:

Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
Branwyn Holroyd, SOMOS Young Writers Curator
Robin Collier, Cultural Energy, KCEI, 90.1FM

Grade(s): High school students

Mission: To give young writers, grades 5th-12th, the tools and a platform to raise their voices in our community and the world at large through the spoken and written word, while creatively engaging with others and having lots of fun!

STEAM Project: SOMOS Young Writers Program: Who are the Monsters In Your Life?

Young writers will write and record poems and short prose pieces inspired by Motomichi’s work and the theme of monsters they know.  During the live event, DJs will play selected young writers’ works together with music so that the youth voices will be an integral part of the evening.

SOMOS Young Writers Program will host workshops to introduce youth to Motomichi’s work and provide a spark for them to generate poetry and short prose related to his themes. In addition to concerns about climate change and the environment, the young writers will be invited to reflect and expand on the concept of monsters and consider its relevance to their own experience. They will be encouraged to explore various cultural expressions of monsters and to write about concerns ranging from personal to global. A jury of local writers will chose two pieces, and the DJs will integrate audio recordings of the selected writings into the live show. All youth writers will have the opportunity to make audio recordings of their pieces through the complimentary use of Cultural Energy recording studio offered by Robin Collier. These recordings will be posted on the Paseo Project website.

The SOMOS Young Writers Program aims to provide youth with a platform and the tools to raise their voices in the community and world at large, through the spoken and written word, while creatively engaging with others and having fun. Our collaboration with the Paseo Project is a terrific way to kick-off the twenty-third year of the Young Writers Program.




Taos Integrated School of the Arts (TISA)4

Partner: Megan Avina Bowers

Grade(s): Middle school

School mission:The Taos Integrated School of the Arts, in partnership with parents and community, provides K-8 students in the Taos Municipal School District with the opportunity to reach their maximum potential through a standards-based, multicultural, thematic, and arts-integrated curriculum. Art-integration creates more meaningful learning through using the arts-visual art, drama, music, dance-as a catalyst to create broader and deeper learning experiences. Taos is a multicultural community steeped in artistic tradition. We wish to found a school that provides students with a multicultural worldview while utilizing thematic units and the arts to facilitate academic learning. Our mission is to educate the whole child in order to cultivate in young people the skills, knowledge, and values they need to reach their highest potential.

STEAM Project: The Taos Integrated School of the Arts, under the direction of Megan Bowers Avina, has created visual interpretations of the all too human "monsters" that are sucking our waterways dry. We have focused our vision specifically upon those that are destroying Taos' traditional way of life, our valley's acequias. The history of the acequia is ancient and unique to Northern N.M. and once gone will change the face of Taos forever. Throughout the school year we are joining with other community water protectors and educators to keep our ditches running full and clean. Our monsters include interpretations of those that buy water rights, pollute water sources, contribute to global warming and steal our snowpack, divert our precious rivers, streams, ditches and tradition. 

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Taos Charter School5

Partners: Katie Woodall, art teacher and Nat Evans, science teacher

Grade(s): 7th,8th grade

School mission: Taos Charter School is a vibrant community of 213 students in grades K-8 and a faculty and staff that believes that all children can learn. Our mission is to deliver a college readiness curriculum to students from the Taos community resulting in high levels of academic achievement for all students. Our school climate is friendly and our culture is supportive and achievement-oriented. In addition to a rigorous academic program for all students, we offer daily physical education and bilingual instruction, weekly art and music classes, field trips that take advantage of our beautiful climate and mountains, and extra-curricular activities that include sports, arts, and STEAM events. Our vision is to be a community that loves to live, learn, and launch successful students into the world. Please read more about our programs on the drop down menu above.

STEAM project: Students at Taos Charter School will be investigating tiny real monsters.  Students will explore their own environments and capture the tiniest bug they can find.  We will then take a digital picture using our digital microscope, import that into photo editing software and redesign and paint using an environmental theme and create our own monsters.

We are doing Monster Designs in 6th, 7th and 8th classes. 6-7 started background development by watching A Monster Calls, the recent mainstream mid-school psycho thriller to start to consider is a Monster a Friend or Enemy? Is it scary? How is it Powerful? Followed by mindmapping techniques. Next students will check out Motomichi's work, especially True Giant and Humilde Planta and more. Also Steam Wiki Japanese Tools Monsters. Students will then sketch Monsters, at least 2 versions, and then storyboard briefly to see best expression. Next is the final sillouette and color. This work is actual on paper.  Then cut out and scan.

We will pin up images and compare, edit ideas. Goal is to enter both digital images and drawings inspired by insects as Monsters. We are completely new to Sumo.

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Anansi Charter School6

Partner: Kaila Dickey

Grade(s): 8th grade

School mission: Taos Charter School is a vibrant community of 213 students in grades K-8 and a faculty and staff that believes that all children can learn. Our mission is to deliver a college readiness curriculum to students from the Taos community resulting in high levels of academic achievement for all students. Our school climate is friendly and our culture is supportive and achievement-oriented. In addition to a rigorous academic program for all students, we offer daily physical education and bilingual instruction, weekly art and music classes, field trips that take advantage of our beautiful climate and mountains, and extra-curricular activities that include sports, arts, and STEAM events. Our vision is to be a community that loves to live, learn, and launch successful students into the world. Please read more about our programs on the drop down menu above.

STEAM Project: 7th grade students at Anansi will focus on Biodiversity decline, throughout the worlds ecosystems, as their Monster. They will use clippings, branches leaves, insects and other natural pieces picked from nature to form the fabric of their monster and then colorized and digitized to make them pop against the black projection background.  8th grade students at Anansi will make a statement about the impacts of biodiversity decline on a global scale. We will focus on the forces involved in climate change and show how greenhouse gas monsters are terrorizing the Earth. Their monsters will represent one of the greatest threats to the continuation of life on Earth.

Rocky Mountain Youth Learning Lab 7

Partner: Jody McNicholas

Grade(s): 7th,8th grade mixed

School mission: Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) operates the Learning Lab program as an integral part of the juvenile justice and mental health services in Taos County. In partnership with area schools, we provide temporary educational alternatives for youth who have been referred to the juvenile justice probation office or who are at high risk of such a referral due to fighting, truancy, substance abuse or other disruptive behaviors. The Learning Lab serves up to 16 youth per year, ages 12-16 years old, providing an alternative educational placement and asset-based positive youth development. No more than 8 spots are available in the Learning Lab each semester, allowing for intensive one-on-one academic and social/emotional support.

STEAM Project: Duct Tape on Canvas.

Colorful designer duct tape in a rainbow of colors will be our medium this year at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Learning Lab. Each students' focus will be a "Monster, but with a twist. We will be creating symbolic Monsters of Addiction! The medium of duct tape is sticky and generally an unfamiliar art form to work within. The symbolism of the tape combined with the exploration of addiction means that there are infinite possibilities of what the students will bring to the canvas. I hope our project will encourage new ways to express not only what addiction may mean but what it feels like as well.  The archetype of the addict combined with the archetype of the monster has some far-reaching possibilities! Final paintings will be digitized to meet entry guidelines.

Taos Pueblo Day School
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Partners: Leroy Martinez and Marilyn Trujillo

Grade(s): 5th and 6th grade

School mission: The mission of Taos Day School is to provide an equal opportunity for all students which will adequately prepare them to function in a multicultural and increasingly technological society while maintaining their unique cultural heritage and identity.

STEAM project:  Students gathered for a Monster workshop led by volunteer teacher, Megan Avina Bowers (TISA Arts Coordinator) and Day School teachers to imagine and draw their own unique polluton monsters. The workshop opened with a guest appearance by Richard Archuletta who spoke to the children about pollution and their role as stewards of the land. He also inspired them by drawing cultural comparisons to  Motomichi's use of monsters and tiny people to explore environmental and human issues. The students worked with markers, beads and feathers.

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Questa High School
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Partners: Erica Zito, science teacher

Grade(s): 7th-9th grade science

School mission: Challenge all students to accelerate their learning through rigorous instruction. All students will graduate college or career ready.

STEAM project: Questa students are keeping it fresh this year at the PASEO with sketch paper and pencils; creating the most persuasive, environmentally threatening, monsters man can think of.

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Dreamtree Project
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Partners: Rhona Meeks and Lynnmarie Helvey

Grade(s): ages 12-19

School mission: DreamTree Project offers emergency teen shelter, a transitional home and resources for youth throughout northern New Mexico, including Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos and Union counties.

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Peñasco Theatre Collective
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Partners: Alessandra Ogren and Rebekah Tarín

School: Peñasco School District

Grade(s): Middle and high school students from the Peñasco area

School mission: The Peñasco Theatre Collective is dedicated to fostering community building, collective empowerment and social transformation through the arts.

STEAM project: Artists from the Peñasco Theatre Collective worked with Mr Locketts Middle school and High School arts classes at Peñasco School. Students did writing and scotching exercises exploring these questions: What is your favorite place in nature? What do you like about it? what types of animals/creatures live there? What are 2 major environmental challenges facing this place? If these challenges were monsters what would they look like?  What would a forest/nature monster rising up to face this environmental challenge monster look like?


 

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Taos International School (TIS)
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Partners: Roe Ziccarello, Firmo Celestial, and Izumi Yokaman

Grade(s): Middle school

School mission: We, at Taos International School, through inquiry base learning, will acquire languages and the academic and social skills necessary to function in our local, national, and international community. Students at Taos International School will learn to respect themselves, their community, and the larger diverse world in which they live while developing the skills necessary to achieve their goals.

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Taos Public Library 13

Partners: Dave Mansfield, art teacher/librarian and Patrick Western, Teen Librarian

Grade(s): Open to library youth and homeschool community

Mission: The mission of the Taos Public Library is to provide and facilitate freedom of access to informational, recreational, and educational materials for everyone.

STEAM Project: Dave Mansfield will guide the students in the creation of STEAM Monsters using colored sharpies. They will use the library resources to research the environmental and cultural topics that will inform their designs. The final drawings will be digitized and scanned.

Taos Middle School 14

Partners: Christine Autumn, art teacher

Grade(s): Middle school

Mission:

Here at Taos Middle School we are committed to educational excellence, which is promoted through a diverse curriculum, a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and school/community partnerships. Academic emphasis on the core content areas of reading, language arts, science, social studies and math will remain a priority as well as providing a learning program that builds on each year to reach local and state standards.

Collaboration, cooperation and open communication between home and school are keys to building a strong foundation for a successful school year. I encourage and invite parent and community involvement in an effort to build a positive and successful educational experience. I invite parents and grandparents of the students to get involved at Taos Middle School. This is a great way to meet other parents of students from the community and to plan for a great school year together.

STEAM Project: Christine Autumn will lead all her 100+ middle school students in the STEAM Monster Challenge.

Taos Juvenile Detention Center 15

Partners: Siena Sanderson, art teacher

Grade(s): Mixed

Mission:

Our mission is that of human detention of persons ordered by the court and the provision of opportunities for the personal improvement of those confined.

As a public service institution, the juvenile detention center must serve the community as a segment to the criminal justice system. To gain respect, as an asset to the community, the correction staff must approach their mission with the attitude and behavior that evokes honesty, integrity and professionalism. 

A positive attitude toward the mission of the detention center and actions aimed toward the humane treatment of those confined can guarantee honor in the profession in which it is demanded.

STEAM Project: Siena Sanderson is guiding students to explore the monster theme. Students will draw stencils which will then be spray painted and digitized.

Taos High School 16

Partners: Tracy Galligan, Computer science teacher

Grade(s): 16-19

Mission: We believe Taos High School will prepare all students for success in any field they choose to pursue.

STEAM Project: Tracy Galligan's computer science class will use graphic software to create their STEAM Monsters.

Taos Education and Career Center 17

Partners: Montserrat Oyanedel-Tolmo, Nina Gonzalez

Grade(s): Mixed

Mission: The Taos Education & Career Center (TECC) considers education to be a basic human right throughout the lifespan of a human being. We work with adults and youth, at least 16 years of age, to improve their academic skills in order to:

  • Discover and prepare for a career that is meaningful and financially supportive.
  • Obtain a High School Equivalency (GED® or HiSET) and prepare for the college entrance exam (ACT Compass®) via College and Career Readiness Classes (CCRS).
  • Communicate fluently in English.
  • Develop skills to succeed in the workplace, such as technology, workplace communications, and leadership skills.
  • Gain Life Skills to be successful and healthy at school, work, and home.

STEAM Project: Students from the ESL program will collaborate on a large scale quilt from recycled materials to explore the topic of immigration monster.

Arroyos Del Norte Elementary Fine Art & Technology 18

Partners: Alejandra Gomez

Grade(s): 5th grade

STEAM Project: Students from the Fine Art & technology program are creating monsters using digital computer technologies.