Current Project

Space Messengers was designed in 2020/21 during the pandemic and is now traveling to festivals around the world. The interdisciplinary curriculum can be accessed freely for unique sci-art activities to integrate into a teachers' core curriculum. Space Messengers is an immersive and educational sci-art experience that is part of the STEMarts International youth exchange program in partnership with the U.S Embassy of Portugal and the U.S. Consulate General of Guadalajara. This virtual collaboration connects middle/high school classrooms in New Mexico, USA with classrooms in Lisbon, Portugal and Guadalajara, Mexico (more embassies/countries to be added) through a shared sci-art installation that will tour around the world. Experts in the field of astrophysics, particle physics, space science, philosophy and native science contribute their knowledge through the youth workshops. This curriculum tool is used to share with students the exciting sci-art content developed through our workshop that becomes part of the final installation.

What we Learn

In this sci-art project we learn about the universe and our relationship to earth and space from science experts in the fields of particle physics, astrophysics, and space science.  We also hear from artists, indigenous cultural specialists and philosophers of science to explore how science, art, humanities and philosophy can be a tool to understand the impact of science and technology on our environment and our society. Through this experience we develop artistic, scientific, humanistic and futures literacy to become more informed global citizens and caretakers of the interplanetary universe that is our home.

Culminating Installation

The culminating Space Messengers installation projects the student's 'space messages' and silhouettes communicating the science they learned and sharing their thoughts and wishes for a sustainable interplanetary future. Global audiences can also see a livestream and send messages which appear in the projection wall in real time via the Space Messengers website.  Space Messengers will travel to festivals around the world carrying the space messages of participating youth from each venue. The first installation connected a classroom in Taos, NM with a classroom in Oeiras Portugal and launched at the Festival Internacional de Ciencia in Oeiras, Portugal in October 2021.  Next stop...a classroom in Guadalajara, Mexico will be connected to two classrooms in Santa Fe in 2022. Follow the StoryMap for the next live event, visit the Space Messengers photo gallery, or contact us to bring Space Messengers to your school or city.

STEMarts Metaverse

Space Messengers is projected live on a building or wall at the festival and live streamed into our new STEMarts Metaverse, a virtual reality platform that will host interactive virtual reality experiences such as the Global VR Youth Day. In this event, participating schools and community organizations join a private VR space where students from around the world interact with the installation and socialize with each other, in conjunction with the live event.  As Space Messengers travels to festivals around the world we create a 3D model from each venue allowing the audience to experience current and past installations through an interactive VR experience.

Space Messengers projects the student's 'space messages' and silhouettes communicating the science they learned and sharing their thoughts and wishes for a sustainable interplanetary future. The audience can also send their own messages which appear in the projection wall in real time via the Space Messengers website. Follow the StoryMap for the next live event. Next stop...Guadalajara, Mexico in 2022!

The Space Messengers project is made possible in part by the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni; an opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Partners of the Americas. Thanks also to our sponsors at the U.S. Embassy of Portugal, Consulate General of Guadalajara, Taos Community Foundation, and the MAE Foundation.