CHIMERA is Meow Wolf’s educational outreach program, teaching collaborative interdisciplinary arts practice through hands-on project-based learning.
Collaboration is something that Meow Wolf has been exploring intimately for years. By going into the public school system and directly into art classrooms, Meow Wolf looks to impart this sense of collaboration and inclusion to young people throughout Santa Fe. Meow Wolf artists work hands-on with students in a variety of artistic media in each class. Students will receive an abundance of one-on-one attention from Meow Wolf artists as they work in teams to conceptualize, design, and create imaginative collaborative pieces that will become integral aspects of Meow Wolf public art installations like The Due Return and go on to be viewed by thousands of visitors. The primary goal is that, through CHIMERA, youth will begin to understand the power of working together and to learn the core skills necessary for positive collaborative work. It is our hope that these values can ultimately transcend art-making and permeate into other aspects of students’ everyday lives.
In the first year of its launch, CHIMERA worked in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Arts. CHIMERA instructors engaged with over 1,300 youth throughout Santa Fe in three exciting projects, creating non-traditional sculptures and short video pieces, and focusing heavily on the media literacy and design skills needed to create work for OmegaMart. The program was funded through ARTSmart visiting artist funds, a grant from the Young Foundation, a Kickstarter campaign, and numerous donations from private individuals.