Visiting Artist Program

The Taos Elementary Arts’ Visiting Artist Program has hosted more than sixty artists since it was started in 2004.

Its main goal is to make art and the creative process regular components of education by bringing painters, jewelers, writers, dancers, and other artists to the classrooms.

I have been part of it as a visiting writer since 2006. The books that appear below, all bilingual, have been written by elementary school students.

Find out more about the program here:

Visiting Artist Program bridges art and education (Taos News)

Young Taos artists in the spotlight at Martínez Hacienda (Taos News)

En español: Exhibición de arte infantil en la hacienda de los Martínez (Taos News)

Bilingual books:

¡Somos taoseños!/ We are Taoseños!




Available in Amazon here

Available as PDF here: Somos taosenos


New Mexican Legends on the Stage/ Leyendas Nuevomexicanas en Escena

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Available as PDF here: Leyendas nuevo mexicanas New_mexican_legends

Family Treasures / Tesoros Familiares.  Cuentos Taoseños para niños/ Taos Children’s Stories



Available in Amazon here

Available as PDF here: Family_treasures_and_short_stories


Flamenco in Taos/ El flamenco en Taos

Flamenco cover

Available as PDF here: Flamenco en Taos

Traditional dances from New Mexico/ Danzas tradicionales de Nuevo México

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Available in Amazon here

Available as PDF here: Traditional dances from northern New Mexico2

Projects by other artists

Twisted in Time, a digital short was produced as part of the Taos Municipal School’s Visiting Artist Program. Media Artist & instructor James D Cederlof lead Sam Balsomo’s fifth grade class through a process of telling a story with new media. Participants developed a story line, based on a book they had read as a class, wrote a script and played a key role in producing what you are viewing.

Watch it in YouTube here