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Fall Arts fundraiser helps to grow Taos youth art programs

By Virginia L. Clark
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 8/23/19

A great afternoon of Taos culinary, musical and cultural fine arts is taking place next week to benefit youth art programs in Taos. Taos Fall Arts Festival’s Kids Give Back program is ...

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Fall Arts fundraiser helps to grow Taos youth art programs

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A great afternoon of Taos culinary, musical and cultural fine arts is taking place next week to benefit youth art programs in Taos.

The Taos Fall Arts Festival’s Kids Give Back program is planned Wednesday (Aug. 28) from noon to 2 p.m. amid the gardens of the Farmhouse Café & Bakery at Overland Ranch in El Prado, weather permitting.

Cost is $35 and all funds raised at the luncheon will go to award Taos youth art programs.

“Please join us for a lovely farm-to-table lunch hosted by Farmhouse Café and Growing Community Now,” said TFAF Board member Lisa Harris, developer and coordinator of the Kids Give Back program. The luncheon will include a talk on the “History of Art in Taos Pueblo, Past and Present,” by Marie Reyna of Oo-oo-nah Art & Cultural Center, as well as feature a special musical guest and fun take-home gifts.

“We are very grateful for Micah Roseberry [Farmhouse Cafe owner and co-developer of Growingcommunitynow.org] who does so much to support the betterment and growth of our community in Taos,” Harris said in a phone interview from the East Coast. Harris teaches yoga at various national and local venues, and conducts private, high-end art tours for individuals or groups throughout Northern New Mexico (eyeontaos.com).

Kids Give Back was created by Harris for the Taos Fall Arts Festival in 2011. Each year the TFAF Board grants an award to one or more children’s art programs in and around Taos. Award recipients receive a $500 cash prize toward funding their program and are invited to mount an exhibit during the following year’s festival. Past recipients include Talpa Center Ceramics department, Harwood Museum of Art Children’s Art Program, Taos High School Art Program and many more.

“Last year, with the generous support of our patrons, we were able to give three awards on opening night,” Harris said. The 2018 recipients are Anansi Charter School, Growing Community Now and TWIRL Play & Discovery Space, each of which will exhibit work in this year’s Fall Arts exhibit.

“The Kids Give Back Benefit gives the TFAF Board an opportunity to grow and promote the Taos County art community by funding and encouraging Taos youth art programs,” Rikki Pass, TFAF Vice-President and Curator of the festival, said in an email. “Giving our young student artists the materials they need to express themselves is our goal.”

The 2019 grant applications are now being accepted and the funding cycle remains open through midnight of Sept. 1. To apply, include the name, contact information and location of the program, a description of work done, approximately who, where and how many children of what age group are served; and indicate the planned use of the monies granted, including images of past or recent work accomplished. Submit the application to Harris at Taoskidsgiveback@gmail.com.

Award winner(s) will be announced at the opening night of the Fall Arts Festival on Friday (Sept. 20), at Our Lady of Guadalupe Gym. A representative of the winning organization must be present at the opening to receive the award.

“The actual funds will be delivered after the festival closes,” Harris said. Previously awarded programs may reapply every three years.

“Besides the KGB Grant Program we have implemented new awards over the past five years that are meant to inspire growth and build the economy of artists in Taos,” Pass explained further about various Fall Arts awards. “The Visionary Artist Award is given to working artists who have had a major impact through service to our community. The Image Artist Award was created in order to expand visibility of artists who enter the Poster Artist competition. Through marketing and cash awards we hope to inspire our award winners to take their work to the next level.”

Fall Arts Board members are “tremendously excited to work with so many fine artists of every medium!” Pass concluded, adding, “Come to the KGB Benefit Brunch and help us support young Taos artists.”

For more information regarding TFAF Kids Give Back Benefit Lunch or how to apply for the grant, contact Lisa Harris (917) 697-2163 at eyeontaos@gmail.com. 

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