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Join SchoolArts and CRIZMAC for Journeys of Art and Soul

By Nancy Walkup, posted on Jan 10, 2016

Join SchoolArts Magazine and CRIZMAC Art & Cultural Materials for two amazing travel opportunities in 2016! 

This past summer, a terrific group of educators and others from all over the country attended our seminars in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Together we met incredible artists, attended presentations, enjoyed museum visits, and visited artists in their workshops and homes.
In 2016, we will be offering two different experiences: Folk Art and Culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, and Tres Culturas: Exploring the Artistic Spirit of Santa Fe.
At the home of the Cruz family, world class wood carvers in Oaxaca.
Folk Art & Culture of Oaxaca, June 26–July 2, 2016

Oaxaca City, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, is rich with historic colonial architecture, exquisite museums, and vibrant folk-art traditions. In addition to exploring the amenities of the city, you will visit thriving folk-art villages where talented artists create fabulous wood carvings, textiles, and pottery. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the homes of master Zapotec and Mixe artists to watch them demonstrate and discuss the techniques and traditions that make their work so special. Opportunities to immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions through visits to museums and the stunning archaeological site of Monte Alban will deepen your understanding of the native people. Your tour leaders, Nancy Walkup and Stevie Mack, will provide an intimate and rewarding travel experience. The magic of Oaxaca is guaranteed to inform your art and capture your soul!



Market in Oaxaca




Taos Pueblo, an UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tres Culturas: Exploring the Artistic Spirit of Santa Fe, July 13–19, 2016

The spirit of New Mexico may best be captured through the senses—the distinctive smell of wet earth from a storm, the scent of burning piñon, the incredibly turquoise sky, and the rough organic texture of rounded adobe forms. This spirit finds expression in a unique way of life created from the contributions of three cultures: Pueblo Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo. Tres Culturas is designed to help travelers explore and understand the diversity of New Mexico’s artistic heritage from ancient times to the present. Highlights include a tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu, a celebration at a living history museum, in-person views of petroglyphs, a visit to Taos Pueblo (also designated a UNESCO World Heritage site), a visit to Roxanne Swentzell’s Tower Gallery, and much more.