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New Mexico United, We Are This City, Meow Wolf and One Albuquerque Put Out Call For Artists to Participate in Art Project
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (June 20, 2019) New Mexico United has partnered with We Are This City, Meow Wolf and One Albuquerque on a collaborative art project called “United by Paint”, featuring 270 wood panels decorated by 150 students from Garfield, Hayes and Kennedy Middle Schools, as well as 5 New Mexico United soccer players and United Owner and CEO Peter Trevisani.
The 270 painted wood panels will be distributed to local New Mexico artists to use as canvases to create collective art pieces to be exhibited and sold. To create the wood canvases, middle school students and United players dipped soccer balls in 10 gallons of black and yellow paint and kicked them against the panels to create unique pieces of art.
“New Mexico United has always been about more than just soccer - we are about our community, about mixing art with sport,” said CEO and Owner of New Mexico United, Peter Trevisani. “This collaborative effort is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase all of these things and to prove that it is cool to be both an artist and an athlete.”
“Albuquerque is a creative city, where visual artists, poets, musicians, and others drive our culture and our economy. We’re also a city that loves its soccer,” said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. “United by Paint brings these two things we love together and connects kids to their community. We’re proud to be partnering on this fun project.”
New Mexico United’s Meow Wolf game on August 3 will feature an exhibition of artwork and ten local artists will work to create live art in front of thousands of soccer fans. In addition to the announcement of “United by Paint”, the art project partners are putting out a call for New Mexico artists who would like to be a part of this incredible opportunity. All artists with an interest in working on one of the wooden panels can enter here: https://forms.gle/2yVmXYSGGACgcnwL7
"Meow Wolf is thrilled to be part of this collaborative project to support local students and artists, and proud to be supporting We Are This City through our annual DIY Fund," said Meow Wolf Co-founder and CEO, Vince Kadlubek. "We believe in the power of community and know the importance of providing opportunities for creative expression to people of all ages. United by Paint is a shining example of the value our state puts toward creativity and collaboration that makes our community stronger."
“It has been an awesome experience working with the kids and the team to make the United by Paint project come to life,” said We Are This City Founder Max Baptiste. “It is an honor to showcase the local artist community with such amazing partners. It all starts with the community. Somos unidos!”
New Mexico United, the state’s first professional soccer franchise, brings the most popular sport in the world home to the Land of Enchantment. Fueled by a passion for community, New Mexico United’s promise is to provide a platform that brings New Mexicans together for a unique sporting experience, celebrating the unity and excitement inherent in world-class soccer. The New Mexico United inaugural season kicks off on March 9, 2019, at Isotopes Park.
We Are This City develops high-impact community projects and exhibitions that are fun, engaging and effective. We accomplish this by working with communities to develop large-scale art projects that create positive economic impact and community empowerment for the people involved. The narrative We Are This City is always developing is that art, sports and tech are all cool.
Meow Wolf is a Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment group that creates immersive, interactive experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. The company's first location showcases the THEA Award-winning, international sensation House of Eternal Return where over one and a half million visitors have discovered a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, climbing apparatus, and surreal, maximalist & mesmerizing art exhibits along with a Learning Center and Float Café. The location is also home to a music venue, bar, and outdoor dining scene. In 2018 Meow Wolf announced plans for massive new permanent locations, in Denver, Las Vegas & Washington, D.C., and the world’s first artist-driven dark ride at Elitch Gardens with more major announcements to come soon. www.meowwolf.com
The USL is one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 84 million and fueling the growth of the game across North America. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications, and sponsorship. The USL has a national media partnership with ESPN, wherein all league matches are broadcast on ESPN+, ESPN3 and across linear channels. The league also operates USL Productions, which includes a state-of-the-art facility that produces and distributes more than 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates and international markets throughout the 2018 season.
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