Field Trips: September 18

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Make sure to register for the trip of your choice during registration. Please note Field Trip dates are in the process of being finalized. Check back for any possible changes.

Half-Day Field Trips

Acoma Pueblo: "Sky City"
Tuesday, September 18
9AM-2PM
$80
The tour will visit Acoma Pueblo, known as “Sky City” located in the spectacular West-Central Plateau of New Mexico. A Pueblo member takes visitors on a 3/4 mile, leisurely, guided tour of the village, explaining the culture and history of the tribe. Points of interest including the San Estevan del Rey Mission, built in 1629, the largest and most remarkable of all Spanish Colonial mission churches in New Mexico. Acoma, which has been inhabited since 1150 A.D., is the oldest, steadily inhabited community in North America. The tour includes a screening of Desert Haiku, a short film-poem by Marie-Michèle Jasmin- Bélisle exploring the memory of the desert through the fusion of modern technology and ancient landscapes.
Downtown Public Art Walking Tour
Tuesday, September 18
2-4pm
FREE
The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, one of the oldest in the country, began in 1978, with the passage of the Art in Municipal Places Ordinance. This bold initiative sets aside 1% of the city’s construction funds derived from the municipal general obligation bond program. The great success of the process is the resulting Public Art Collection of over 750 works of art. These artworks can be seen from the Albuquerque International Sunport to the Sandia foothills and the Western edge of the city limits. The Public Art collection finds it’s strength and beauty in reflecting the spirit, diversity and creativity of the people of Albuquerque. Join Public Art Program staff on a guided tour of over two dozen artworks in the downtown core. This two hour tour will start at Civic Plaza (the corner of Marquette and 3rd ST) and wind its way from the Convention Center, to Central Avenue, to the Main Library and then back to the Plaza. Come learn about these fantastic artworks, get a copy of the Public Art brochure (with maps for other areas of the city) and pack of Public Art trading cards. RSVP by Tuesday, September 18th at 12pm, MST to Brendan Picker: bpicker@cabq.gov or 1-505-768-3566

Full-Day Field Trips

Spaceport America and the Very Large Array
Tuesday, September 18
8:30AM-5PM
$80
In the deserts of the western United States, space tourism is becoming a reality as construction progresses on Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose built commercial space travel facility, 45 miles north of Las Cruces, New Mexico. When the facility is finished, a mere $200,000 will allow visitors to take a voyage at least partway to the stars. Virgin Galactic will be the first carrier to transport space-curious passengers from Spaceport America on its sub-orbital missions. The facility is more than 100,000 square feet and includes a terminal hangar and public viewing gallery. Next, visit the Very Large Array, one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, which consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the plains of San Agustin, 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. Learn more about radio astronomy and the role of the Very Large Array and other NRAO telescopes play in current research.
THE LAND/an art site and Earthbound Moon
Tuesday, September 18
8:30AM-5PM
$80
This tour starts with a morning visit to THE LAND/an art site in Mountainair, 70 miles southeast of Albuquerque. The off-grid art site, located in the foothills of the Manzano Mountains, is a unique resource for environmental artists to explore new ideas through exhibitions and individual residencies. Next this tour visits the site of the Earthbound Moon residency for ISEA2012 in Moriarty (Nova Jiang, see page 24). A short hike is required to reach the site, so wear comfortable shoes and a hat. Earthbound Moon creates publicly accessible contemporary sculpture by international artists in communities around the world. These artworks create a web of gathering places, sites of curiosity and engagement and wonder on a local and global scale.
Star Axis
Tuesday, September 18
8:30AM-5PM
$180
Star Axis by Charles Ross is a monumental work of art that unites our world with the stars. It consists of a diagonal cut in the earth, upon which a series of stairs leads up to an opening to the sky and to Polaris. The angle of the cut and the stairs parallels exactly the axis around which the Earth revolves. The ascent up the stairs takes one through the 26,000 year cycle of the earth’s wobble. If one stands at the bottom of the stairs today and looks to the top, one will see Polaris. If one stays there all night, one will see Polaris move in a small circle about the size of a dime. The stairs, cut into the mesa, are part of the artist Charles Ross’ vision to bring people to view the heavens from inside the Earth. The field trip to Star Axis is a private tour and can only be viewed with the permission of the artist. Cameras and video are not allowed on this tour.
(Space is limited to 20 people, Star Axis requests a $100 donation fee per person, which is included in the price of the tour).