Research confirms that time spent in Nature has significant emotional and physical outcomes for people of all ages and Art is like a bridge spanning different worlds, cultures and possibilities. Hands-on arts education and engagement strengthens our ability to think creatively and problem-solve and opens us to new possibilities in our changing world. LEAP outreach workshops and education programs bring these powerful elements together. NeoRio education projects and art events offer opportunities to form new connections with the the Natural world and their public lands by experiencing and creating innovative, place-based artworks that investigate relevant natural themes.
“NeoKite” – NeoRio 2012
In 2012, NeoKite artists and volunteers are working with classes from the Questa Alta Vista Elementary and Rio Costilla Elementary Schools, introducing them to the history and art of tethered aircraft. 3 days of kite and windsock-making workshops were followed by field trips to the Wild River Recreation Area to fly the students’ new wind-art creations. The project culminated in the fall with a short video and NeoKite exhibition at Ocho in Questa, as part of NeoRio and ISEA2012, featuring colorful wind-art creations and videos by students, community members and artists. More….
“What’s in the Water?” – NeoRio 2011
In May, 2011 LEAP and Wild Earth Studio teamed up with the Wild Rivers Recreation Area staff and the Questa Schools to offer a unique program for Jennifer Vialpando’s Questa Junior High Art class, the outcome of which is the short video called, “What’s in the Water”. Created with puppet-like props, made and operated by students, the video is the result of a week-long, arts-based “study” of local aquatic species. Funded by a small grant from the Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA), the project culminated in a field trip to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area, where the students brought their puppets to life in an experimental set on the rim of gorge. The video (below) was premiered at NeoRio 2011 as part of the theme, “Water Mark.”
Presentations in the Schools by Lynne Hull – NeoRio 2010
Engaging youth was an important part of NeoRio 2010. Lynne visited “Roots and Wings”, a local charter school, where she gave an abbreviated version of her artists talk and invited students and their family’s to come to the activities the following weekend. Lynne also led a workshop for University of Colorado Students visiting from Boulder to attend NeoRio, in which she facilitated a group-building of a sculpture for wildlife utilizing a “dead and down” Ponderosa pine tree. She also led an Andy Goldsworthy inspired workshop, in which the UC students were given an alotted time to find natural elements and create small installations on site.