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20th Featured Thinkers: Third Graders, Arroyos del Norte

ArroyosFeatureKids and Wilderness go together in so many ways, which is why I’m so excited to present our Featured Thinkers this week: Gess Healey’s Third Grade Class from Arroyos del Norte Elementary School. We covered a lot of “ground” in our short time together….Read More.

NeoRio 2014: Thinking Wilderness



NeoRio 2014
Marks 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

with The ‘T’ House by Team Biocultura,
The Rio Feast Project by Ric Lum,
Readings by NeoRio Featured Writer Erin Bad Hand
and Music by High Desert Acoustic Duo

 For Immediate Release
Claire Coté: 575-586-2362, email@clairecote.com

Date: Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, 3 – 9 pm
What: NeoRio 2014: Thinking Wilderness
Where: Wild Rivers, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Cerro (near Questa)
Event Cost: FREE – donations appreciated, camping $7/night
Contact: emailforleap@gmail.com, www.leapsite.org or 575-586-2362

LEAP’s Sixth Annual NeoRio art event is part of the nationwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and is the culminating event in Questa’s “Thinking Wilderness” series.

NeoRio – confluence of art and environments, is set to take place on Saturday, September 6, at Wild Rivers in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, accessed on County Road 378, just north of Questa.

NeoRio is organized by LEAP (Land, Experience and Art of Place, a program of Localogy) in collaboration with other organizations. In the words of LEAP Director, Claire Coté, “Wild Rivers is an unlikely place to find contemporary art. NeoRio is about creating opportunities for innovative artists to interface with and celebrate our rural communities, rivers and wild lands. This year we have two really interesting projects which offer inventive and delicious ways to engage with local ecology while at the same time touching on important land and water issues.”

Starting at 3 pm at Wild Rivers Visitor Center, take in a dynamic artist lecture and experience the ‘T’ House’ by NeoRio featured artists, Andrea Polli and John Donalds (Team Biocultura). Inspired by a traditional teahouse, the ‘T’ House project explores relationships between humans and wild plants gathered from the protected lands in and around Questa. Team Biocultura invites you to their multi-media ‘T’ House to make and sample your own “wild tea” in cups and tea bowls crafted by Questa’s local clay artists including Kathy Morsell and Sandra Harrington.

“We couldn’t have dreamed that researching tea would take us to the Netherlands, the Midwestern US and now back to New Mexico for NeoRio. Every strand of research seems to lead us to a more complex thread of connections between our own bodies, tea and the world around us,” observes Andrea Polli, Team Biocultura collaborator.

Internationally known for her work at the intersection of art, science and technology, Polli is an Associate Professor in Art & Ecology with a joint appointment between Fine Arts and Engineering. She also holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media at The University of New Mexico. Her partner, Donalds’ work combines media and architectural practice by designing fantastical spaces that mix futuristic materials and forms with traditional, buildable structures. He has collaborated on projects such as “Eden Again,” a human wastewater garden planned for Iraq’s first National Park.

In the evening, enjoy a community feast by artist and cook and environmental executive, Ric Lum. Created with food foraged from wild places and farms in our local Rio Grande area, the meal is part of Lum’s multi-year undertaking, The Rio Feast Project. The project consists of a series of meals situated along the Rio Grande from its source in Southern Colorado all the way through New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico, to its outlet in the Gulf of Mexico. “These meals are symbols of the connections and associations that form when people make a commitment to “walking the land” and becoming intimately acquainted with regional foodways,” says Lum.

The evening will also feature a campfire, music by Justin Dean and mark Dudrow of High Desert Acoustic Duo and readings by local poet, Erin Bad Hand, all inspired by this year’s theme, Thinking Wilderness. The evening events will take place at Wild Rivers in Montoso Campground at 6 pm.

This year NeoRio also celebrates the launch of LEAP’s online “Wilderness Thinkers in Residence” project on September 3rd, the actual day of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The project will feature a new “Wilderness Thinker” every week from Sept. 2014 – Sept. 2015, showcasing diverse ideas in varied mediums from local to national and even international participants. The project continues to accept Wilderness Thinker submissions at: http://www.thinkingwilderness.org.

LEAP’s Thinking Wilderness project Co-Creative Director, Anita McKeown says, “We hope to engage participants and audiences in a valuable reflection and discussion on Wilderness in the 21st Century and what better place to start than at NeoRio!?”  

NeoRio 2014 is a BLM Public Lands Day event at Wild Rivers with support from the Questa Economic Development Fund, Questa Mine Community Fund, OCHO Art & Event Space , Forest Service Questa Ranger District, Village of Questa and other organizations, individuals and local businesses.

“Many people in Taos County know and use the lands in the new National Monument, but the NeoRio projects this year provide unique and innovative ways to connect to a landscape that we already love,” says John Bailey, BLM spokesman for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

For more information, visit http://www.leapsite.org/neorio or call Claire at 575-586-2362.