A collaborative exploration of land-based art in New Mexico


  The Academy for the Love of Learning

El Otro Lado: The Other Side in Santa Fe & Albuquerque

El Otro Lado: The Other Side was a community-based public art project in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe developed by artist Chrissie Orr, focusing on the themes of migration, boundaries and sense of place. In Santa Fe, the project was piloted by the Academy for the Love of Learning. For LAND/ART, the project explores the land where people in our communities come from, touching on issues relating to agriculture, wilderness, community, the environment and sustainability.

July 13 – September 19, 2009
In Albuquerque during July, August and September, 516 ARTS presented a public art installation of El Otro Lado: The Other Side - Albuquerque on the free D-Ride buses which loop around Downtown. During the spring, 516 ARTS, in partnership with the Academy for the Love of Learning, offered intergenerational workshops in Bernalillo County Community Centers with writer Michelle Otero and artist Chrissie Orr in collaboration with the organization Connecting Community Voices. The participants and guest artists developed symbolic maps/cartograms, visual representations and audio recordings of their stories, journeys, landmarks, boundaries and their sense of place and home in the land. These images were displayed on the interior of ABQ Ride’s D-Ride buses along with an audio component so bus riders can listen to participants telling their stories via cell phone. The D-Ride travels a loop around Downtown and can be picked up at many locations including the Alvarado Transportation Center at 1st & Gold and at 5th & Central near 516 ARTS. It runs 6:30am to 7pm, and arrives every 7 minutes.
For information, call 505-243-RIDE.

In Santa Fe, the public art installation was on view in various locations June 28 through October. Brochures, map of locations and info are available for download at www.aloveoflearning.org, or call 505-995-1860. El Otro Lado: The Other Side was a project of the Academy for the Love of Learning and was supported by the Santa Fe Art Institute and the City of Santa Fe Public Art Loan Program. In Albuquerque, it was supported by 516 ARTS, the Bernalillo County Art Program, ABQ Ride and Connecting Community Voices.

Santa Fe: 505-995-1860 www.aloveoflearning.org
Albuquerque: 505-242-1445 www.516arts.org

Academy for the Love of Learning
1012 Marquez Place, Suite 308A
Santa Fe, NM 87505

image: Chrissie Orr, from El Otro Lado: The Stories That Connect Us


LAND/ART concluded November 2009. This site is in the process of being archived.
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