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The intent of the Outreach Program is to cultivate and support creative thinking, self-confidence, self-expression, empathy, and to provide a variety of perspectives through art and media.

All Ages Clay Days

Adults and home-school learners worked on hand built pieces with technical advice from Nat Wilson.

California College of the Arts

Sustainability Through Creative Practice

HEREKEKE hosted a 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.

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, attended a Feast Day at San Clara Pueblo, toured the Earthships, and enjoyed local hot springs.

Jeffrey Gibson is 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.

Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch

During the summers of 2009 & 2010 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.

In 2009 campers designed and painted murals for their cabins, created and acted in their own short videos, made hand-made paper and cyanotype bandanas, and built and painted vegetable bins for their stand at the Taos Farmer’s Market.

In 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.

Thank you to all who helped make these activities possible:  Amy Mann, Caitlin Macklin, Anna Cosentine, Justine Ashbee, Liliana Mejía, Wyman Edwards, Dr. Wilson, and Daniel Hutchison.

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