Los Padillas Project: The Story of Water in a Small Latino Community.

Chrissie Orr,
Dr. Sue Sturtevant
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The students of Los Padillas Elementary school collaborated with artist Chrissie Orr to design and construct a water catchment and educational environment in a wild life sanctuary behind their school. They were involved in learning about the importance of water catchment in the dry, desert of the south west,permaculture, the water cycle and local myths of water. Many of the students are recent immigrants from Mexico and live without running water!The project has now been incorporated into the curriculum of the school which is now designated as having a environmental curriculum. The State of New Mexico sponsored Chrissie to create an educational book about the project and Water for use in other schools. This presenation will focus on the unique processes and outcomes of using the creative process to address environmental and cultural problems.

Keywords: This presentation will have a practice focus. Chrissie Orr has spent the last 28 years developing a unique practice that allows for a collaborative approach while producing a relevant, beautiful work.
Stream: Art in Communities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Community Arts Partnerships in New Mexico

Chrissie Orr

Aritist, activist, Ecoversity

Chrissie was co-director of Arran Community Arts Project, Isle of Arran, Scotland, which was one of the first rural arts projects to be funded by the Scottish Arts Council. She As founder of the nationally acclaimed Teen Project in Santa Fe, New Mexico, her vision and skills were recognized by both the US Congress and NEA and she has been nominated for numerous awards for her work with youth. She has lectured internationally, especially the Bridge Project that addressed issues on the border between El Paseo, US and Juarez, Mexico. In 2000 she was guest artist at the University of Michigan and completed a nine-month residency, in South Georgia, as part of the Artists and Communities for the Millennium Project. In 2003 she was part of a design team with James Wines and in 2004 she was commissioned by the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the city of Seattle to initiate an environmental project with the Native American and Samoan communities of West Seattle. She is presently the director of the Land Arts and Ecology course at the Ecoversity in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has just completed four major works for the new National Dance Institute building, a Water Project in Albuquerque and has just completed a book of children’s designs for water catchment systems commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs for the State of New Mexico.

Dr. Sue Sturtevant

Director of Statewide Partnerships, Department of Cultural Affairs

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