Outreach Program

California College of the Arts

Sustainability Through Creative Practice


HEREKEKE hosted its first college-level class with instructor Jeffrey Gibson, a Visiting Artist in 2010.  Inspired by his time on the land, the community of Lama, and working with Fine Art Printer, Liliana Mejía, he proposed this for-credit summer class through the California College of the Arts.  Nine amazing and adventurous women attended, seven from the graduate program and two undergraduates, in programs such as Social Practice, Printmaking and Architecture.  They stayed at the Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch camp facilities, a short walk from HEREKEKE where they worked with Liliana in the Digital Lab.

The course was based on readings and discussions about utopias and intentional communities, and creating site-specific and site-responsive works on the land.  They visited the sustainable architecture at the Lama Foundation, attending a Feast Day at San Clara Pueblo, the Earthships, and enjoyed local hot springs.

Jeffrey Gibson is currently a Studio Arts Professor at Bard College, NY, a 2012 Ted Foundation Fellow, and helps other artists through his work at the Creative Capitol Foundation.  Jeffrey is the recipient of numerous awards and grants whose work is celebrated internationally.

Enjoying camp life; harvesting from the community garden, training horses, an open pit ceramic firing with Nat Wilson, and the pasture between camp and Herekeke.

Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch

During the summer of 2010 fiber artist Justine Ashbee lead afternoon activities with campers as part of her Collaborative Residency.  Campers learned to card, spin and weave Churro sheep wool sheared by the campers, and made tie-dyed t-shirts.


Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch

In the summer of 2009 HEREKEKE collaborated with the Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch, a free summer camp for 10-17 year olds, to provide art and media activities through a grant from the Edwards Family Foundation.

Thank you to all who helped make the art and media programs for the camp possible:  Amy Mann, Caitlin Macklin, Anna Cosentine, Wyman Edwards, Dr. Wilson, and Daniel Hutchison.


With the goals of opening possibilities, developing self-confidence and self-expression, campers created and acted in their own short videos, made hand-made paper, cyanotype bandanas, and built and painted vegetable bins for their stand at the Taos Farmer’s Market. 

HEREKEKE also began an on-going mural project where different groups participated in the design and painting of two camp cabins.  This project created the opportunity for the current campers to build identity and contribute to the long-term legacy of the camp. The month long camp for 10-12 year olds ended with screen printed camper designed t-shirts.