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The Paseo 2016 Fills the Streets of the Taos Historic District with Art in September

Projection piece by Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez and Derek Holzer during The Paseo 2015 in Taos by Sam Lambie

In contrast to the “oldest in America” moniker of Taos Pueblo, the Town of Taos, and the Taos Art Colony, one of the newest outdoor art festivals in the country prepares to welcome 25 experimental artists to Taos, New Mexico. The PASEO 2016 brings the temporary art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos and engages the entire community, youth and visitors included.

Three international artists were invited to present at The PASEO 2016. Cie. Willi Dorner, a dance company from Vienna, will incorporate Taos people as part of the art in a roving dance performance. Alexandra Gelis of Toronto will bring “Raspao,” her hybrid snow cone food cart vehicle and moving sound sculpture to Taos. Bert Benally, from the Navajo Nation and currently living in New York City, will construct “Sand Rays,” which responds to the motion of the audience with LED lights and sound. Another 22 juried art installations will also be included in the festival, with a number of their creators participating in [email protected], a pre-festival series of workshops in Taos schools that brings students into the art-making process.

The PASEO 2016 will fill the streets of Taos Historic District on September 23 through 25. The main participatory installations occur on Friday and Saturday nights, 5:00 to 10:00pm. [email protected] presents workshops, lectures, and demonstrations by many of the 25 participating artists on Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

The PASEO 2016 is a New Mexico True event occurring in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival (September 23 through October 2).

Click here for a full list of participating artists.

For the festival schedule, visit PaseoProject.org.