Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Community Art Project to Save River Bed

SANTA FE—The Santa Fe Art Institute, in coordination with 
Bill McKibben’s, is spearheading the New Mexico 
FLASH FLOOD for a living river project, which is one of five 
U.S. sites out of 20 global locations. Joining forces with an 
incredible list of community partners, the SFAI is recruiting 
3,000 community members to carry and flip blue-painted 
recycled cardboard to compose a FLASH FLOOD in the dry 
bed of the Santa Fe River, which has been designated as 
one of America’s most endangered rivers. The art action 
and aerial design will be visible and documented from outer 
space via satellite, from the air by award-winning cinemato-
grapher Doug Crawford, and from the ground by still cameras, 
video cameras, and thousands of individual cell phones and 
cameras. The FLASH FLOOD satellite images will be 
projected worldwide alongside the 19 other global aerial 
designs as part of the Cancun Climate Change Summit, 
November 29 – December 10, 2010.

In conjunction with the FLASH FLOOD project, there is an open call 

exhibition, which will open at the Pre-event party on Friday night 11/19 
at 5pm at the SFAI. Artists wishing to participate must deliver work related 
to water issues in New Mexico that is no larger than 4’ x 4’ to the SFAI by 
3pm 11/15 and must install and de-install their own work. For more info, 
please contact the SFAI at (505) 424- 5050.

Ongoing on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until the event are 

cardboard painting workshops at the SFAI. We have paint and cardboard 
to use, but also welcome any blue paint and cardboard the community can 
donate. These events are free and open to the public. Our newest partner, 
Santa Fe Trails, has offered to provide shuttle service to and from parking 
areas near the SanYsidro site, to reduce parking nightmares and congestion! 
This art action is an amazing example of a community coming together for 
a common good.

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss says of the project“The Santa Fe River 
sustains the people. The People need to sustain the Santa Fe River. This 
great project is a true demonstration of the connection between our 
community and our river.”
SFAI director Diane Karp adds: “Working together with all our amazing 
partners, the Santa Fe Art Institute is honored to have "FLASH FLOOD: 
for a living river" chosen as one of the twenty art actions world wide that 
will address environmental stress and climate change for the Cancun 
Climate Change conference.”

“Our many languages and cultures, histories and perspectives merge 

in this fabulous community art project to focus on the Santa Fe River 
and its importance for us all. Art can make the difference that makes 
the difference.”
For more information about this event, please contact:
Alysha Shaw at or (505) 795 8096
Michelle Laflamme-Childs at or (505) 424 5050.

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