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NeoRio 2018: Roots ~ Raices

The reason we’re here….the gorgeous Gorge!

Join us for the 10th annual NeoRio outdoor contemporary art and community event! This year, artists and collaborators delve into the theme of “Roots ~ Raices,” exploring various angles –botanical, cultural, metaphorical and beyond. Come discover art installations along the rim of the Rio Grande gorge, related hands-on activities, the afternoon music and poetry salon, a delicious, locally-sourced, northern NM fall feast, artist talks, music around an evening campfire and more. Each year at NeoRio participants at Wild Rivers experience the ‘confluence of art and environments’ through lens of each year’s theme. The combination of contemporary art, wild places and community can be a recipe for a fun and exciting event! Come join us on September 15th!

This year’s outdoor contemporary art and community event will take place at Montoso Campground at Wild Rivers in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument on September 15, from 4-9pm. See google map to Montoso Campground HERE.

“NeoRio gives us an opportunity to see the natural world through the eyes of gifted, creative artists, and their visions take turns surprising, amazing, or entertaining me,” muses Monument Manager, John Bailey, reflecting on the annual event.

Each year, NeoRio features a different theme. As a natural follow-up to last year’s focus on “Seeds,” this year we “dig deeper” with the theme of “Roots ~ Raices.” This will inspire the art installations and activities throughout the afternoon and evening. The mystery of roots is also a local call to action to “get our own hands dirty” plant, discover and explore our own roots, learn and perpetuate the valuable, cultural and agricultural practices of our local communities and learn about native plants and their roles in the ecosystems here, in Northern NM and beyond.

NeoRio will host one featured artist and one local contributing artist as well as installations, performances and projects by UNM students in the Land Arts of the American West programming, each approaching this year’s theme in a unique way.

A QCC program, NeoRio is organized by LEAP (Land, Experience and Art of Place) with other collaborative organizations and many helpful volunteers; the event is hosted by the Bureau of Land Management’s Taos Field Office and is a Public Lands Day event.

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