the mobile museum of american artifacts

The Paseo peeps are at it again!

The Paseo Project museum

Among other things they are up to, a little bird tells me that Live Taos/KNCE’s  Rita O’Connell is coming on board in an administrative role and I’ll have more on all that and then some, once I sit down with Matt Thomas and Agnes Chavez, and get it directly from the horses mouths.

Meanwhile this bunch just don’t quit. Talk about revving up the art scene aqui en Taos and making it not only relevant once more,  but cutting edge to boot.

So when I heard about the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts Residency in Taos during the month of April, hosted by The Paseo Project, I emailed Matt Thomas, who was wearing his other hat, as the Collections Manager at the Harwood Museum of Art, asking him to send me all the info.

His partner in crime, Agnes Chavez is currently in Europe (she spent her birthday at CERN in Switzerland, totally apropos!) Matt too is getting ready for a trip to NY where he’ll be part of Taos: 1960-Present, opening on April 26th.

Juggling a million things is nothing for these two powerhouses, who are part of the exciting creative Renaissance currently afoot in Taos.

When Matt, slammed as he must be, responded within just a few hours, it was evident an extra post was in the cards this week.

The Paseo Project Mobile Museum

This week, The Paseo Project hosts its first artist-in-residence, Laurelin Kruse, founder of the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts (MMoAA). Throughout the month of April, Kruse will take the Mobile Museum to 16 stops throughout Taos County, engaging the community through stories and oral histories embedded in everyday objects. You can see the schedule at the Paseo’s site linked below this post.

Also happening simultaneously, Daily, Apr 6 – Apr 8:

Water is Community Storytelling Installation: In partnership with SOMOS, the literary society of Taos, a “Water is Community” storytelling project will gather water samples and stories from within Taos’ watershed neighborhoods. Poet Ariana Kramer and four community ‘story and water collectors’ (Christalyn Concha, Miguel Santistevan, Jim O’Donnell, and Olivia Romo) will gather stories and vials of water from the community to learn what water means to people in Taos. On the weekend of April 6-8, the results will be on display at the Encore Gallery of Taos Center for the Arts. There will be an opening reception on April 6, from 4-6:00pm,

Water is Community Storytelling Weekend April 6 – 8th
Friday, April 6, 4-6pm –TCA – Water is Community Installation Opening
Sunday, April 8, 7pm –TCA – Pecha Kucha Night Taos

Tuesday, April 10, 12-3pm –Questa Library
Thursday, April 12, 11:30am-2pm — Taos Plaza
Wednesday, April 11, 11-2pm –Ancianos Senior Center
Saturday, April 14, 12-3pm –Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership / KNCE live remote

Sunday, April 15, 11-2pm –Penasco Theater
Wednesday, April 18, 11-2pm –Ancianos Senior Center
Wednesday, April 18, 5pm –Men’s Homeless Shelter
Thursday, April 19, 2-5pm –Questa Library
Friday, April 20, 1-2pm –Taos Retirement Village

Sunday, April 22, 12-3pm –Millicent Rogers Museum
Wednesday, April 25 –Enos Garcia Elementary (classroom event)
Thursday, April 26 –Taos Integrated School of the Arts (TISA classroom event)
Friday, April 27, 10-2pm — University of New Mexico-Taos, Klauer Campus
Saturday, April 28 –Enos Garcia Elementary Gymnasium – Invent Event
Sunday, April 29 12-3pm –Harwood Museum of Art, Closing Day with Artist Talk at 3pm

The PASEO Project partners with the LOR Foundation to present MMoAA in Taos.


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