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Community invited to paint by numbers in participatory mural event


Community members of all ages and artistic backgrounds are invited to help create a paint-by-numbers participatory mural at Raíces del Saber Xinachtli Community School, 2211 N. Valley Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, Cruces Creatives nonprofit makerspace said in an email.

The project “scales up the principle of paint-by-numbers drawings to let the public create public art,” Cruces Creatives said.

The project will also help beautify the school and involve the community more with it and “celebrate students’ accomplishments in creating the mural design.”

The design for the mural was developed as part of an afterschool enrichment program by students at Raíces, with guidance from Cruces Creatives, Las Cruces artist Celina Corral and Raíces instructors Kayla Martinez and Anita Lara.

Funding comes from the Deupree Family Foundation and the NMSU STEM Outreach Center.

“Through making-related interventions, Cruces Creatives, 205 E. Amador Ave., works to strengthen education, foster economic development, support the arts, protect the environment, advance science and technology and improve social connections and quality of life,” the email said.

Raíces is a bilingual community school that provides a curriculum grounded in Mesoamerican indigenous ways of learning, which are inseparably integrated into the curriculum through the Xinachtli project. Xinachtli (sheen-ach-tlee) is a Nahuatl (Aztec) word describing the moment a seed germinates, reaching its “bursting” and “in between” point when it is no longer a seed and not yet the plant it will transform into. In Mesoamerican philosophy, Xinachtli is the time between night and day, one season and another, and are moments of infinite possibilities. The Xinachtli project enriches and enhances students’ learning through their participation in an interdisciplinary curriculum that presents Mesoamerican forms of calendar systems, mathematics, use of symbol and metaphor to interpret natural phenomenon, oral storytelling of myths of origin and formation, learning about Nahuatl as a heritage language, meditation and the construction of a dialogue community that uses symbolic interaction (such as the use of a talking stick) to ensure authentic, critical and creative listening and sharing.

For more information, call Cruces Creatives at 575-448-1072.

Visit www.crucescreatives.org and www.raicesdelsaber.org.