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¡Pollinate! 2016

“Pollinate: collaborate, create, celebrate” was the theme for LEAP & Questa’s 2016 Event & education series.


Why?  Pollination happens every year, all around us, impacts many parts of our lives and yet remains a mystery to many of us. Pollination is a beautiful, complex, sexy and essential process for the survival of plants, animals and humans. It is inherently collaborative and creative. This is true  literally, for plants to reproduce (think food!) and for bees, butterflies and other pollinators to survive. It’s also true figuratively, as with the “cross-pollination” of ideas that prompt new thinking, understanding and innovation. The ¡Pollinate! theme is a call for putting our connections to work. It shines a spotlight on the global decline of pollinators and emphasizes local pollinators and the plants that help them thrive. Through art, science, ideas, stories and more, we are adding to our communities’ thoughts and gardens, and that is worth celebrating! We hope you can join us!

When we think of pollinators we think of bees and butterflies and they are very important, but there are many other insects and creatures that pollinate too! Here are a few images (found via searches online) that we love!

¡Pollinate! Education Programs + Community Events

Sat. March 26: “Can You Dig This” Community Film Screening, OCHO Art + Event Space
5:30 Potluck + 6:30 pm film; $5 Suggested Donation – Kids + Teens FREE….MORE

Feb 29 – April 18: ¡Pollinate!  Banners, Art + Science Workshops
Local Schools in Questa, Costilla + Lama

April 18 – October 31: Rotating Youth Art Exhibitions
Questa Library, Village offices and OCHO Art + Event Space

Fri. April 15: Earth Day Trash Collection + Seeding for Pollinators
Village of Questa Along Hwy 522 + Hwy 38 – Questa Junior Senior High School + Community Members….MORE

Fri. April 22, 12 noon – 4 pm: Earth Day Celebration + ¡Pollinate! Pop-Up Fair
Questa Plazuela – Village Intersection – Ribbon cutting for youth banners, pollination presentation, seed exchange, booths. Lunch provided. FREE

May 1 – October 30: Pollination – Themed Youth + Family Field Trips
Field trips for local students, paired with innovative STEM + Art workshops focused on pollination.

June 20 – 26: National Pollinator Week
Multiple Locations – Events + hikes celebrating, observing + propagating pollinating plants on public lands and gardens. FREE….MORE

July – September: Northern Taos County Growers + Makers Market
Outdoor Sunday Market at Questa Plazuela + in front of OCHO

Questa’s 2016 ¡Pollinate! Summer Event Series

Sat. July 9, 4 – 9:00 pm: ¡Pollinate! Story-Slam Night, Paint Out, TedX-style Salon + More
Wild Rivers Amphitheater, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Cerro, $12/ticket.

August 6 – September 25: ¡Pollinate! Art Show: Small is Beautiful – Reception Aug. 13, 5 – 8 pm
OCHO Art + Event Space, #8 State Hwy 38, Questa
Open exhibition of small works exploring “Pollination.” Open Fridays – Sundays, 11 – 5 pm.

Sat. September 17, 4 – 9 pm: NeoRio 2016: Plants, Pollen + Pollinators
Montoso Campground, Wild Rivers, RGDN National Monument
NeoRio featured artist talk and art installations on the rim of the gorge followed by an art-filled evening celebration of music, poetry and a locally sourced feast. FREE

Below is a beautiful four minute video about the process and participants in pollination. (The film short is by artist and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg.) Enjoy!