OutsmART is a series of Saturday interactive children’s art workshops exploring the power of art in their everyday lives.  All ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend. However, this workshop may be most beneficial for children 5-15.  Parents and guardians are invited to come to the classes.

Each workshop will be related to artwork exhibited in the university museum.  In the past year, participants have learned about traditional art practices, for example, making mosaics and monoprints, but have also tackled more conceptual topics like propaganda in art, cultural stereotypes, environmental issues, and even participated in performance art. 

The Fall 2019 schedule includes four workshops starting at12 PM on the following dates:

SWEC and NMSU OutsmART announce Día de los Muertos Extinct Species Workshop

Participants will learn about extinct and endangered species in the Rio Grande watershed through a creative art project

The Southwest Environmental Center and NMSU Art Museum are conducting an art workshop this October that will honor extinct and endangered species in southern New Mexico. The workshop is in partnership with 516 Arts, a contemporary museum in Albuquerque that is responding to the global extinction crisis and how it relates to our watershed with a regional collaboration called “Species in Peril along the Rio Grande.”

On October 26th, students and adults alike are invited to create altarpieces that pay homage to our extinct and nearly disappeared Rio Grande species. The works will reference the traditional style of Mexican retablo ex-voto paintings, using paint and collage on metal to memorialize species in peril. The final works will be presented on November 1 on an extinct species altar in Old Mesilla during the Día de los Muertos celebration. Participants in the workshop will also learn about local endangered and extinct species, and what we can all do to help prevent extinction in our area. “Extinction is such an overwhelming and often paralyzing subject, and typically our only exposure to it is through doomsday announcements on the news. We are rarely given the opportunity to honor what has been lost and mourn for the destruction happening on this planet,” said Amanda Munro, communications director at the Southwest Environmental Center. “We are so excited about this collaboration because it will give the public an opportunity to engage with the heavy topic of mass extinction in a creative and potentially cathartic way.” “Through investigation, education, programming and recognition of our species in peril along the Rio Grande we as a community can help effect change, formulate new questions, and work towards new models to help treat, minimize, and mitigate the severity and damaging effects of this threat to natural life,” said Marisa Sage, director of the University Art Museum. 

What: Extinct Species Art Workshop

When: October 26th, 12pm – 2pm Where: Devasthali Hall, Room 106, New Mexico State University Cost: Free and open to all ages.

For additional information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/389416995093887/

The Southwest Environmental Center is a member-supported conservation non-profit that protects wildlife and their habitats in the southwest through grassroots advocacy and on-the-ground restoration projects.

The mission of OutsmART is to expose children to art through exploration and play through workshops in the NMSU University Art Museum focused on exhibitions, practicing artists, and participatory play-based creative learning activities that boost student confidence and imagination. Through these free mixed-media classes, we strengthen community ties, provide a resource for families and educators, and promote

artistic skills that contribute to New Mexico’s creative economy. All workshops, as well as the culminating children’s art show, are free to the public.

OutsmART is generously supported by Western Heritage Bank and Wells Fargo Bank