NMHU Media Arts Pop-Up Event in Tucumcari, Sept. 2

Image of Trolley Building

Home of the Media Arts programs, the McCaffrey Historic Trolley Building opened for classes in 2016. It houses a green room,  screening theater, and an array of  classrooms and equipment.
Photo by Kurt Gittings

August 29, 2022

Lauren Addario, faculty in Media Arts & Technology at New Mexico Highlands University and Director of the Cultural Technology Internship Program, will bring her Media Arts Seminar class and four faculty members to Tucumcari for a pop-up projection event with visiting artist Craig Winslow. The event will be held Friday, September 2, at 8:00 p.m. at the historic Odeon Theater.

Craig Winslow is an artist and designer who uses light to create playful, narrative-driven visualizations and immersive experiences. One of his recent projects involves bringing old, faded signs back to life using projection mapping. https://craigwinslow.com

The Media Arts Seminar class will not only participate in creating the projection with Winslow, but they will learn about ways to work with community and technology in preservation. As part of the event, students will gather local stories and oral histories to give a comprehensive narrative about the community and how Route 66 has shaped experiences there. Students will also engage with the non-dominant narratives of Route 66 such as its role as an ancient byway, Native, and African American narratives of Route 66.

The event is funded by a National Park Service grant, “Learning from the Mother Road: Recording and Preserving the Cultural Landscape of Tucumcari’s Route 66 Corridor,” awarded to New Mexico Highlands University in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania.

The NMHU Media Arts department has designed projection mapping installations in the past, including the Amtrak arrival pop up at La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ and in the permanent installation at Jemez Historic Site.