We are very proud to announce that on September 13 the Americorps/VISTA Brent Kie has been awarded a National 2018 Excellence in AmeriCorps Award for his work Building Capacity for STEAM Education in New Mexico with our partner organization CNM Ingenuity.
Growing up on Laguna Pueblo, Brent did not always have access to education. Now he is helping lift people out of poverty at Central New Mexico Central New Mexico Community College’s Deep Dive Coding.
Brent Kie started his third VISTA service in March 2018. He found out about the AmeriCorps VISTA program through a friend in college back in 2013. He chose to do service with STEAM NM because of the organization’s drive to incorporate art into traditional STEM fields to create STEAM. His service at his sub-site is about finding ways to recruit people in poverty to gain new skills so that they can find higher paying jobs to bring themselves into a higher income bracket. It is also about providing information to those interested in these programs so they can have an understanding of the tech workforce upon completing programs offered at Deep Dive Coding. Brent has been a VISTA member at CNM Ingenuity with such unparalleled commitment, enthusiasm and dedication that prompted his supervisor, Andrea Sisneros Wichman, to submit his name for the nomination of the VISTA National Excellence Award.
Brent was somewhat shocked when he heard that he had received this award. He explains:” I rarely receive awards on such a high level. My family was excited for me. My mother was in tears at the award ceremony. They felt like it was well deserved because they know how much passion I have toward helping others”. When asked if the receipt of the award created any changes in his life he replied: “One thing I have noticed is that my confidence has boosted since receiving the award.” His views about the Americorps VISTA program are unchanged: “I think it is a great program for those who want to help others while also learning how building capacity can be done in different ways.”
Consider applying to be a VISTA Member for STEAM New Mexico. Not only will you be continuing the fight on poverty by aiding fellow national service members, you will be gaining access to valuable training opportunities and critical skills and experiences to help you develop and achieve your professional goals. You will join a team of STEAM New Mexico VISTA members and play an instrumental role in helping the VISTA program towards achieving its goals. The VISTA Member will: - Increase STEAM New Mexico project effectiveness; and Increase STEAM New Mexico sustainability. Opportunities are available at our official site partners CNM Ingenuity, STEM Collaborative Center, The Social Media Workgroup and AFRL.
Click the link if you want to know more about VISTA openings with STEAM New Mexico and start the application process. Several positions are available with rolling deadlines and start dates. We are looking forward to reviewing your information.
VISTA Noel Mollinedo will be starting a graduate degree this Fall at the University of New Mexico towards an MA in Art History. Through an art historical lens, Mollinedo intends to bring together differing narratives of land heritage in academic literature. Through tracing the word “wilderness” in all its varying governmental and environmental roles he believes he can bridge understandings of American history from disputes over “rights to nature” to climate change crisis. Even though land appropriation happens internationally, especially in a globalized economy, he will focus on human-land interactions in the Americas. His several seasons of work with government-environmental organizations will inform his research on how contemporary land relations are reinforced through a past often remembered through vacant landscape paintings and 19th - 20th century photography in the Southwestern United States.
As a Design Specialist with STEAM New Mexico, Mollinedo has worked at the Vizlab in the Center for Advanced Research Computing. Here he created a website for STEAM NM and has helped run educational workshops on 3D Printing and designing with the SketchUp program. During his service, he was also given the opportunity to work with UNM’s Lobo Gardens as a Project Assistant helping orchestrate the Lobo Gardens Class. This also resulted in the installation of, “Lobo Gardens, An Exhibition: Rethinking Relations” a show documenting the past seven years of Lobo Gardens since its student-lead creation to its current incorporation into the Community Engaged Learning Research Program.
Overall, STEAM NM has been a positive year of patient growth, adapting to the challenges and lessons of serving as a VISTA with AmeriCorps. In-line with its mission to serve underrepresented and impoverished populations of the American public, AmeriCorps philosophizes that, by living a similar role, its volunteers will best understand how to help. Most likely, Mollinedo would not have returned to academia as quickly if he had not maintained a consistent presence at UNM while working with STEAM NM. Creating the Lobo Gardens Exhibit also provided invaluable experience in gallery work that will serve him in future work. Not only a stepping stone or platform upon which to realize goals, STEAM NM is also a community of diverse life paths coming together to inspire creative learning in New Mexico.
Khadijih Mitchell, a current AmeriCorps VISTA at the STEM Collaborative Center at the University of New Mexico will be attending CU Boulder as a PhD Candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction-Science Education program, this Fall. As a VISTA, Khadijih better known as DeeJay, has worked to help connect students with many on-campus student organizations as well to organize educational workshops within STEM related subjects. While serving as a VISTA she completed her Masters in Education online from Eastern New Mexico University.
Biocultura Partners with Santa Fe Laser talks Series to bring artists and scientists together in public forum
Biocultura will present the second Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER) Talk Santa Fe on Friday, February 2nd beginning at 7 PM at Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Rooms. The event is free.
Biocultura will present a winter LASER Talk with pioneers of holography and Santa Fe residents Rebecca Deem and Fred Unterseher.
Doors will open at 6:30 with the opportunity to view stunning works of holography. At 7:00 the presentations will begin.
“The Physics and Nature of Perception, Demonstrated Through Holography,” Deem and Unterseher will speak on the art and science that has informed their decades-long careers in holography. The two presentations will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF STEAM NM, THE COMMUNITY ENGAGED LEARNING RESEARCH PROGRAM AND THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH COMPUTING, LOBO GARDENS CELEBRATES DOCUMENTATION OF THE PAST SEVEN YEARS IN AN EXHIBIT TITLED RETHINKING RELATIONS 12/07/2017
A Quote from the Exhibition:
This exhibition invites visitors to not only consider vestiges of a land ethic but to rethink educational models reflective of our shared histories. Let’s reflect on how far this student initiative has come but also think about how we can further that dream of an open food garden across the campus. Not too many generations ago we all grew our own food. We knew where it came from and that's essential to our ongoing relationship with the land. Planting, harvesting, building, digging, the acts of collective ownership cultivate the feeling of a fertile space. Through a confluence of activity, the on-campus gardens came to be; similarly, we can accomplish more by identifying our diverse yet shared goals. Lobo Gardens is a place to nourish connections, inclusive of all disciplines.
Interested in 35 hr/wk position that lets you utilize your skills towards ending poverty? Find out how developing educational resources in your community can not only build your understanding of the non-profit sector but also provide you an opportunity to put your art and science knowledge into practice.
This years Harvest Party at Lobo Gardens was a success! Students and community members from around the University of New Mexico gathered Friday afternoon behind the Real Estate Department (RED) building. Located off Girard Blvd, the RED Garden is tucked into the campus’ northeast corner, yet despite this lack of visibility more than sixty people visited over the course of three hours. The Lobo Gardens’ Class, run through the Community Engaged Learning Research (CELR) program, hosted the event. During the semester, students in the class utilized Green Fund applications to catalyze their projects over the 8 week course. The Harvest Party was the culmination of the semester and the opportunity to not only display the student’s hard work but also to invite garden participation. Visitors were invited to help stain the three layer compost bin with linseed oil, to paint a newly installed seed library, to help put donated plants into the soil from Plants of the Southwest and to participate in a plaster relief workshop where material collected from the gardens were pressed into clay. An Intro to Art and Ecology class joined the Harvest Party as well as Mary Clark from the Physical Plant Department who has helped allocate funding for projects in the garden. Appreciation was shown to all of the garden’s supporting members, faculty, students, and community, who have made the garden’s ongoing existence possible. Lobo Gardens’ plans to remain a consistent presence year-round on campus through workshops hosted by the Lobo Gardens’ Coordinator and other collaborating UNM community members. Look for flyers and Lobo Gardens pop-up sites like our new seed library!
The Paseo Project is hosting a monumental Taos community art extravaganza on Taos Plaza on September 23, 2017 from 7:00 to 11:00pm. Video mapped projection art will transform the plaza's adobe buildings, a silent dance party will move five hundred bodies at a time throughout the evening, and two fire sculptures will set the plaza aglow as visitors are invited to participate in a mass virtual photo booth installation. History will merge with fantasy, monsters will be exposed, world music will meet Taos traditions in an entertaining night of play for locals and visitors alike. Paseo Party on the Plaza is co-sponsored by the Town of Taos and The Paseo Project as part of the 43rd annual Taos Fall Arts Festival. It is a prelude to The Paseo 2018 Biennial, an outdoor participatory art festival scheduled for September 21 and 22, 2018. PASEO Party on the Plaza at a glance Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:00 to 11:00pm Historic Taos Plaza (and surrounding alleyways)