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Participate in NeoRio 2020: Home!

August 21, 2020

You’re invited to be an artist for this year’s NeoRio!

Since 2009, NeoRio has been a venue for innovative art, experimental thinking, education, and exchange. It has been a public gathering and celebration. NeoRio 2020 must respect the current, heightened safety measures while at the same time creatively respond to these extraordinary times. Affirming that we each have a unique experience of the world and something valuable to express, EVERYONE is invited to create and reflect upon the theme of home during the global pandemic. This year we’re inviting you to be the artists for NeoRio 2020…from your home!

Pondering Home
What does home mean to you? Think inside and outside the box! Approach the theme of home with the broadest perspective: body as home, garden as home, kitchen as home, family as home, traditions as home, Earth as home, home during the pandemic, home as refuge, safety, confinement….?

Starting Point: The Cube
All participants will be provided with the same starting point: a 7x7x7” wooden box, specially made for this year’s NeoRio project.
Think of the cube as a raw material to work with; to be added to, subtracted from, or modified in any way you like. The cube could be carved, collaged, painted, drawn or written on, covered, attached to, drilled, inlaid, quilted or…..destroyed? (Just document the process!) Take the cube and the theme of home and follow wherever they lead you.

How to get your cube

  • Questa Visitor Center: open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm through September 13. After that, cubes will be available for pick-up on Thursdays, 10 – 3 pm.
  • Taos Public Library at the front of the Building, self-serve and weather permitting: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 – 4 pm.
  • For those who live further away or picking up a cube is prohibitive, we can mail one to you.

Short Audio Reflection
Reflection helps us to make sense of and glean meaning from challenging times. Sharing stories connects us with one another and is an opportunity to be vulnerable and courageous. There is power in oral tradition; hearing a person’s story in his or her own voice deepens its significance and impact. Current circumstances show us more than ever that connection adds purpose to life. With this in mind, we again invite you to reflect on the expansive theme of home and express yourself in a brief audio story. (A smartphone can be used to record your story or we are happy to record it for you over the phone.)

Exhibition and Archive
We foresee a poignant outcome with the combination of unique cube artworks and audio stories. These will be shown in the online exhibition, Home: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box” which will go live October 8. Friday, September 26 is the deadline for receiving digital documentation (artwork and story) for participation in the virtual art show. Find full guidelines on how to participate HERE. On October 9 and 10, we kick-off a dynamic series of NeoRio 2020: Home interactive, community roundtables on Zoom, during which artworks and stories will be shared. All are invited! 

We welcome the continued submission of home cube artworks and stories throughout the fall. These will be included in the NeoRio 2020: Home archive. The online home story-sharing events and archive is a collaboration with Questa Stories ~ Community Memory Project.

Helping Others Participate
Are you a teacher? Do you know people who might want to make a cube artwork and submit a story? We would love your help involving others in this project! 

Summary – How to Participate:

  1. Pick up your cube at the Questa VC or Taos Library
  2. Create a home cube artwork
  3. Take photos of your creation
  4. Record a short audio story
  5. Email them to emailforleap@gmail.com

NeoRio is free and open to all; donations are appreciated. NeoRio is made possible by individual donations, local business and media sponsorships as well as grant support. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts and Taos Community Foundation with additional sponsorships from Questa economic Development Fund, Questa del Rio Colorado News, Questa Visitor Center, Taos Public Library Zia Event Design, North Star Toys, Questa Lumber and Hardware, and generous individual donors and volunteers. 

Questions? Contact Claire: emailforleap@gmail.com (575) 224-9066 (call/text) More info at Leapsite.org

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