Peace and love and DJs

Taos Academy’s STEM A+ Institute students plan to show their talents


The BassMint in collaboration with Taos Academy’s STEM A+ Institute will present “Peace & Love: STEM DJ Performance,” an evening of student DJ presentations, music, dance, food and fun.

It’s all happening Thursday (Dec. 14), 4:30-7:30 p.m., at Taos Academy, 110 Paseo del Cañon West. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

 “Happiness, a joyful heart, dance and peace are a few things that this world could use a little more of in these times, and music is such a powerful avenue to generate it,” organizer Christalyn Concha (AKA DJ Chrystalline) said. “I love instilling the youth of our community with positive outlets that inspire healthy expression.”

All ages are invited to enjoy the music selections of emerging DJs: Dr. Snoos, 3D, Tobias, Ariat, Limestone, Gold Drake, and Cosmos — with beats ranging from funky, down tempo to hip hop, dubstep to soulful and progressive house. These seven students, ranging in age from 14 to 18, took part in Taos Academy Charter School’s STEM A+ Program, and have just completed an intensive 14-week semester, in beginning DJing with DJ Chrystalline learning everything from music selection, beat matching and blending to using effects.

The STEM A+ Institute offers a variety of courses to middle and high school students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines by engaging students in project-based activities, guided by community professionals. The BassMint is an Interactive Learning Center and Dance venue, where ages 12-27 can take classes in DJing, music production and performance arts. It is located just across the street from Taos Academy. The STEM A+ Institute and The BassMint have collaborated for the past two semesters now, offering Djing to Taos Academy youth, who take the course at The BassMint twice weekly, according to Concha.

Food will be provided by Taos Academy’s Culinary Arts Students. Special thanks to The BassMint sponsors: Zia Energia, and Taos HOPE (Heart of Peaceful Expression). For more information, contact Christalyn Concha at (505) 980-3387 or