Kids Give Back!
Kids Give Back was created by the Taos Fall Arts Festival in 2011. Each year the Board makes an award to a children's art programs in and around Taos. Award recipients receive a cash prize and are invited to mount an exhibit during the following year's Festival. Past recipients include Talpa Center Ceramics department, Harwood Museum of Art children's art program and Taos High School Art Program.
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2016 Award Recipients
The 2016 Award recipients were Taos Integrated School for the Arts, Megan Bowers Avina Instructor and Taos Pueblo Day School, Dolly Concha Instructor. Taos Integrated School for the Arts is a charter school with a curriculum based on dance, music, drama and art classes for all grades. Tnis is the first year for an art program at The Taos Day School for students in 1st to 7th grades and many of the art projects involve recycled materials.
The Taos Fall Arts Festival Board made two, $500 awards from the success of a benefit brunch
and tour of “Non-Objective Taos” at 203 Fine Arts during the Festival. Special thanks to sponsors
Common Fire and Black Mesa Winery Tasting Room and Gallery and our generous attendees for their support. Taos Clay Studio provided unique plates for the brunch!
2015 Award Recipient
2015's Award went to SmArt House, a neighborhood arts and literacy program of Youith Heartline. SmArt House and its teacher Siena Sanderson. SmArt House engages students in educational, meaningful, and fun activities integrating arts, computers and the Internet, reading, writing and social-emotional learning. SmArt House is a neighborhood arts and literary program founded by Youth Heartline, child advocacy programs serving children in the Gusdorf Circle low-income housing complex in Taos.
The mission of the SmArt House program is to provide quality arts, health, and literary programming on location to under served and isolated communities in Taos. SmArt House operates out of a unit in the Gusdorf Circle Housing Complex and provides after-school and summer activities for area children.