It isn’t just the established adult artists that exhibit their works here or are provided spaces to explore their creativity and let their voices be heard. There is a visible youth art surge in Taos.
Millicent Rogers Museum presents the Taos Arts Club/Teen Art Studio, a series of free drawing lessons for teens ages 13-19 led by Michael M. Hensley (a master draftsman of the human form).
Events held at Vagrant Heart Gallery feature not only a variety of fine arts (sometimes themed, such as “fire” arts) but also have included festivities such as live music; live glass-blowing, jewelry casting, fire dancing, fashion shows and even a car show where young, local artists painted peoples’ rides.
Many youth-oriented events can be experienced at Parse Seco, an experimental creative space and art residency located in the heart of Arroyo Seco.
Teams of teens ages 13-18 gather at The Harwood Museum of Art each semester to participate in the Harwood Teen Engagement Program to create exhibitions, films, poetry slams and other events and workshops.
Another stage for Taos youth is the small non-profit theater company Metta Theatre, which is devoted to new and classic theater (and occasional live music) with a special interest in youth collaboration.
Consider returning to Taos in September for truly unique arts events the PASEO and Taos Fall Arts Festival. The former is a sight and sound interactive playground along Taos’ downtown streets and Kit Carson Park for kids and adults. The latter is an annual showcase of Taos artists, including youth.