June 22-23 | 9AM-3PM | 1600 St. Michaels Dr. | Free Registration Below
Join us for a free 2-day workshop with SFAI Water Rights Resident Joerael Elliott. Learn about local water systems and create an 800 square foot mural at SFAI. The mural will explore themes of water rights in relationship to Santa Fe, and is a continuation of SFAI’s Water Rights Thematic Programming. In addition, participants will learn about acequias & Santa Fe’s municipal water system from the New Mexico Acequia Association and from the City of Santa Fe’s Water Resources Coordinator Andrew Erdmann. This project is partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission.
Registration is free and required. Register below or call 505.424.5050. Participants should be at least 13 years of age, no experience is required, and participants are required to attend both days. Participants should wear painting clothes (clothes that may get dirty) and be prepared to spend time outdoors (wear sunscreen/hats etc.).
MATERIALS / MORE INFORMATION
SFAI will provide all materials, lunch, water, and light snacks. For more information, write to Robert, SFAI Development & Communications Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.424.5050.
ABOUT JOERAEL ELLIOTT
Painter of the celebrated Lena Street Mural and born in San Angelo Texas, Joerael is a narrative artist with a focus on creating complex figurative works. His figurative works focus on the subtle body, psychological imprint and the metabolic hum. In figures, Joerael weaves current and historical content pertaining to social justice, Earth’s environment, and that of the sacred. His works range from small scale mixed media drawings and paintings to large murals. Joerael has developed a visual and conceptual vocabulary from his direct experience as a yoga practitioner/teacher, activist, traveler, graffiti writer, street artist, and as a Texan. To learn more about Joerael, visit his website.
ABOUT WATER RIGHTS AT SFAI
SFAI’s mission is to cultivate creative leadership, and invest in community, culture, and place to reimagine a more equitable world. SFAI is an international community of artists, designers, innovative thinkers, and engaged citizens. We engage with diverse communities to address the most pressing issues of our time via our residency program, public events, community initiatives, and trainings. SFAI is committed to bringing together local, national, and global thinkers and creators to collectively expand and revise our knowledge of what we think we know about water rights. New Mexico is rich in its relationship to water- a position created over a long history of corporate, environmental, political, and multicultural claims to this essential resource. From September 2016 through June of 2017, SFAI and its community partners will explore several questions: How do we describe and define the contested space around water? If water use is often parallel to culture, how can cultural activities result in greater models of equity to our water systems? How can diverse practices, from poetic to practical to political, create greater access to these and other parallel resources?
ABOUT THE NEW MEXICO ACEQUIA ASSOCIATION
The mission of the New Mexico Acequia Association is to protect water and our acequias, grow healthy food for our families and communities, and to honor our cultural heritage. In our the vision, acequias flow with clean water, people work together to grow food, and communities celebrate cultural and spiritual traditions. People honor acequias as part of our heritage and express querencia through a strong connection to land and community. Knowledge and experience about growing food, sharing water, and saving seed are passed on from generation to generation. Guided by our core values, the New Mexico Acequia Association grows a movement of people of all ages and walks of life to defend and protect our precious water by resisting its commodification and contamination. Through involvement in NMAA, families and youth are inspired to cultivate the land, care for our acequias, and heal past injustices. Communities have an abundance of healthy, locally-grown food because we recognize agriculture as a respected and dignified livelihood and way of life.
ABOUT CITY OF SANTA FE WATER RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
The mission of the City of Santa Fe Water Division is to provide a reliable, safe and sustainable water supply to meet the needs of our customers and our community.