Working With Youth

Youth Art (0-25) presentation at Taos Roundtable

Northwest New Mexico Arts Council  www.nwnmac.org
Flo Trujillo, NWNMAC President – flotrujillonm@gmail.com (505) 320-0615
Youth Services Coordinator at the Farmington Public Library
NM Afterschool Ambassador, Emeritus


Reimagining the Classics & Blended Zine

Engage students to check out the book from the local library and redesign the cover of a classic book using any medium, graphic art, sketch, paint, etc.  We coordinated with the Downtown Art Walks to display in one of the city vacant buildings for two months.  A daily reception release party was held at the Farmington Public Library to view Reimagining the Classics art on display during National Children’s Book Week in May.   If you are interested in doing a similar project details can be found at www.rockpaperbooks.com.

Teens from throughout San Juan County submit art and poetry for the annual Blended Zine at the library.  A release party is held to recognize all of the art and teens read their poetry or talk about the art at the event when their work is displayed on the big screen.  Visit the Lt. Governor’s Office in the NM Roundhouse to see some of Blended Zine art.  Download a copy of Blended Zine or request a free copy at http://www.blendedzine.com/.


Plein Air for Youth at Riverfest

During the annual outdoor Riverfest celebration on Memorial Day weekend in Farmington, the arts council and the River Reach Foundation sponsor the Plein Air art show in the Fine Arts Tent.  The show is open to youth and is on display during the weekend art show for purchase, just like the adult Plein Air.  We do not provide any supplies, but we do provide a gift card to the “people’s choice winner” in the youth division.  The Farmington Public Library holds an annual Plein Air in October and this year, youth are invited to participate.


Youth Art at the Downtown Art Walk

In addition to Reimaging the Classics, during National Art Month the arts council organized with local schools, afterschool programs, community centers and early childhood development centers to have them provide art for the Spring Break art show.  The show lasted for two months in the vacant space provided by Farmington MainStreet Downtown and the City of Farmington.  Early childhood participants from Parents as Teachers, Peech’s Neet Feet, Shiprock Career Prep, San Juan College early childhood, Every Child Ready to Read from the library, Studio 116, Sycamore Community afterschool and Boys & Girls Clubs of Farmington and Dine Youth from Shiprock.  The arts council provided some organizations with the various sized canvas, but the organization decided on the art for the show.  There was a lot of interest in purchasing the art from youth and a silent auction for a few donated pieces generated funds for arts in afterschool.  The Youth Art on display visitors came from field trips to individuals, including the president of the Navajo Nation Fair who was interested in having the art at the Shiprock Fair and on the Navajo Shiprock Fair Calendar in October.

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