Sanctuary: An Online Studio Tour Film Festival

Featuring Visual Artist Profile Streams, Artist Support Auction, Cash Prizes


Seco Live has been hard at work this spring creating opportunities to support the artist community in Taos. The Musical Live Streams have included Christof Brownell, Jimmy Stadler, Poor Man’s Blood, and Jenny Bird. We are currently collaborating with SOMOS and Taos Arts Council to create promotional and income opportunities for poets and artists, and recently have reunited with local artist and community member Anee Ward, who with the support of the Seco Live Board, will be hosting programs to support visual artists.

Sanctuary: A Virtual Studio Tour Film Festival will be giving back to visual artists in a myriad of ways.

1. Online Studio Tour Film Festival: Local Artists will be challenged to create a 3 minute virtual studio tour for their visual work. The Studio tour is to be loosely interpreted and can range from the peak of Kachina, to a renovated garage, to the banks of the Rio Grande. These videos may include walking tours, stills, art demonstrations, inspiration content, historical photos and more.

Prizes: The online film Festival will live on its own Youtube channel. There will be three popular vote winners,  $500.00 will be awarded to the three videos voted favorite by the public. Artists are encouraged to engage their networks to attend the Festival and Vote. Two artists will be  Seco Live Choice Winners  and will also receive a cash award of $500.00 and will  be featured with their Video in a Seco Live Artist Profile Stream.

2. Artist Live Streams:
Concept: Arroyo Seco will continue to create engaging online live and pre-recorded programming with the following events:
  • May 14: Event Introduction with Artist Anee Ward. Ward will announce event and event guidelines, share a demonstration video tour, and visit with some old friends on the early days of Seco 7 pm
  • June 4th: Festival Kick off Zoom Party with artist participants, and their supporters, festival goes live with auction @ 7 pm with Oscar-type hype and costume.
  • June 18: Featured Artist 7 pm
  • June 24: Featured Artist -Art Support auction closes 7 pm

3. Artist Support Auction:
Concept: We host an online art auction that includes but is not limited to the artists submitting video entries. Over a few week period visitors to Seco Live site will be able to bid on art pieces. The Auction is designed as an online selling tool to support artists and share networks. Artists may submit up to three pieces, please ask artists to figure in shipping costs. Proceeds will go 5 % auction production, 10% to Youth Arts programming, and 85% goes back to the artist for their basic needs.

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