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.”
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.