STEM +Arts: Agnes Chavez Leads Education Effort in TAOS, New Mexico
Agnes Chavez is an artist/educator and the founder of STEMArts. The STEMArts project started in 2010 with a pilot program funded by LANL Small Grants, at Taos Academy in Taos New Mexico. Artists were brought in to teach STEMArts workshops that were then aligned with the national STEM standards. The STEMArts program continues successfully at Taos Academy.
This year, STEMArts shifted its focus from “workshops” to “collaborations”, exploring a more integrative approach. STEMArts encourages interdisciplinary multi-age collaborations that dissolve the boundaries between art, science and technology while proposing creative solutions to real world problems. STEMArts experiments with innovative ways to engage high school students in meaningful collaborations that help them to find their passion and explore integrative approaches to learning. Chavez’s first STEMArts collaboration, the (x)tree, models this approach, bringing together Art and STEM in an effort to raise awareness and funds for local and global tree planting organizations, while engaging youth in the process.
Chavez also founded Sube, Inc. in 1996. Sube is an educational company that develops multisensory products and services for K-12 schools. Sube, Inc. is the developer and publisher ofSube Learning Language thru Art, Music & Games, a curriculum and resource kit for teaching Spanish or English as a second language to Preschool through 5th grade students, nationally and internationally.
What is a collaboration?
The STEMArts community website invites anyone who shares the vision of the project to propose collaboration ideas with the goal of helping to match you with the people and resources you need to make it happen. Whether you are a student, an artist, a scientist or an entrepreneur, you can propose an idea for a collaboration to be considered for the STEMArts community website.
For more on Sube, Inc and the STEMArts project contact:
PO Box 298
El Prado, NM 87529