The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Bandelier National Monument and artists Kathleen Brennan and Shawn Skabelund for a special evening event at Bandelier National Monument.
Get a unique tour of the art installation The Edge Effect: re-Imagining the East Jemez Landscape and enjoy a dinner catered by Santa Fe’s Jambo Café with beer and wine included. This dinner is 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 27.
This dinner is serving as a fundraiser for the East Jemez Landscape Futures Project, which will be discussed at the event from Bandelier National Monument’s Superintendent Jason Lott and the Chief of Resources Jeremy Sweat. The project is a collaborative landscape-scale restoration effort led by Bandelier National Monument in coordination with land management agencies, Pueblo communities, and various other stakeholders in the area.
Brennan and Skabelund are the first artists-in-residence for the East Jemez Landscape Futures Project. Their installation is a site-specific, place-based installation inside the historic fire lookout at Bandelier National Monument.
Since 1996, the eastern flanks of the Jemez Mountains have been dramatically impacted by hotter droughts and fire severity far outside the historical range of variability. These major disturbances, driven by warmer temperatures and lower precipitation, have significantly impacted an area roughly 300,000 acres in size that crosses multiple land management boundaries.
Communities across this landscape have faced unprecedented landscape changes due to severe drought through climate change, catastrophic wildfires, and intense flooding. We need to develop novel approaches to manage and heal these impacted landscapes by coordinating efforts that bridge disciplines and engage diverse communities. The Edge Effect art installation is part of this effort that will explore the historical boundaries that divide the East Jemez landscape and often divide the human communities as well.
People visiting the installation will be able to record their stories of changes in the Jemez for the oral history archives. The art installation will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 21 to May 6.
Advance registration is required and attendance is limited to 30 people, so early registration is encouraged. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available at the dinner. Admission is $50 per person. Attendees will park at the Frey Trail Trailhead at 6 p.m. and shuttle to the fire tower and dinner location because parking is limited.