You are invited to FLASH FLOOD for a living river!

What: The Santa Fe Art Institute, in coordination with Bill McKibben’s 350.org, is spearheading the New Mexico FLASH FLOOD for a living river project, which is one of five U.S. sites out of 18 global locations. Joining forces with an incredible list of more than 40 community partners, the SFAI is recruiting 3,000 community members to carry and flip blue-painted recycled cardboard to compose a visual FLASH FLOOD in the dry bed of the Santa Fe River, which has been designated as one of America’s most endangered rivers. The art action and aerial design will be visible and documented from outer space via satellite, from the air by award- winning cinematographer Doug Crawford, and from the ground by still cameras, video cameras, and thousands of individual cell phones and cameras. The FLASH FLOOD satellite images will be projected worldwide alongside the 17 other global aerial designs as part of the Cancun Climate Change Summit, November 29 – December 10, 2010.

When: November 20, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Where: Santa Fe River in between the Caja Del Oro Grant and San Ysidro river crossings


Contribute to a local and global dialogue and solidarity movement around climate change issues by participating on Nov 20.

Human-induced climate change is well-studied and documented and is a result, in large part, of burning of fossil fuels. Major impacts on human health in New Mexico have already been observed and, as warming progresses, they will likely increase. Some of the most profound changes are concerned with water, which is certainly scarce and precious here already. Because New Mexico relies heavily on snowpack for its snow-fed rivers, water stress will endanger ecosystems, economies, physical and mental health.

TRANSPORTATION TO FLASH FLOOD: Parking will be available at Agua Fria Park which you can access from Caja Del Oro Grant Road to Agua Fria Park Road, at the South end of the Santa Fe Community Farm, and at the San Ysidro Park, which is across the street from the Community Farm on San Ysidro Crossing. If you chose to park at the site, please make sure you carpool.

Santa Fe Trails will also provide free public transit from the Santa Fe Art Institute (1600 St. Michael’s Drive on the Santa Fe University Campus in the parking lot between the Visual Arts Center and Greer Garson Theater) and Santa Fe Place Mall (the mall at the intersection of Cerrillos and Rodeo Roads in the parking lot outside of what used to be Mervyns on the Cerrillos-side/west-end of mall parking lot, near Applebee’s) starting at 8:30 AM and cycling through the event which ends at 11:30 AM. There will be signs at both locations.

This first map displays how to reach the Agua Fria Park from Downtown Santa Fe:

This second map gives displays the layout of the FLASH FLOOD event site:

We are hosting a pre-event exhibition party at SFAI the night before FLASH FLOOD on Friday Nov 19 at 5 p.m. We will offer our last painting workshop at SFAI on Thursday Nov 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Santa Fe Art Institute at (505) 424-5050 or visit https://sfai.org/flashflood.html

Please contact Alysha Shaw at 795-8096 or alysha.shaw@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer on Nov 20 or assist with outreach before the event. Anything and everything you can offer helps us to make a more impressive FLASH FLOOD.

Please forward this invite to your lists, and bring everyone you know to the FLOOD!

Also check out SFAI’s website for updates, media, and to sign up!

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