Collective Unconquered

Cover Story, Santa Fe Reporter, May 2018

Haros Lopez dreamed up a name for the collective that is as free-flowing as his vision for the group: Alas de Agua is Spanish for “wings of water.” Haros Lopez explains, “We’re teaching community members to be resilient and resourceful where there’s nothing but blockade borders. How do you do something just with Sharpies, or just with pencil and paper? How do you do something when you have total access to a gallery? It’s the whole spectrum.”

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Alas de Agua Art Collective to take over Zephyr Community Arts Studio Space

Article, Santa Fe Reporter, December 2019

After four years and change, Southside DIY arts and music warehouse space Zephyr Community Arts Studio is coming to an end. But from the sadness over losing a community-based venue, studio, art space and model for togetherness through artistry comes hope—the Alas de Agua Art Collective is taking over the lease at 1520 Center Drive #2 and will finally have a space all its own.

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25 Things We Love About Santa Fe Right Now

Cover Story, Santa Fe Reporter, January 2020

Alas de Agua Art Collective finally has a space

If the name Israel Francisco Haros Lopez looks familiar to you, it’s surely because SFR has been following the artist/writer/activist’s career for some time now with stars in our eyes. Haros Lopez is co-founder of the Alas de Agua Art Collective (1520 Center Drive #2, 660-9563), a nonprofit grant- (and blood, sweat and tears) funded entity that provides events, workshops, training, mural painting, poetry and so much more to the underserved denizens of Santa Fe’s Southside.

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Our Town: Local artists explore the theme of Sanctuary

Article, Santa Fe New Mexican, May 2017

Israel Haros Lopez is the founder of New Mexico Mural Project, a collective of immigrant and native-born artists who work with area schoolchildren on public murals. With artists Juan Lira, John Paul Granillo, and José Chavez, Lopez is collaborating with some of his students in creating a mural offsite to be installed at the gallery. The work is on the theme of immigration and includes a large-scale depiction of Mother Earth that incorporates sacred geometry, something Lopez uses in his work as an illustrator. “In some ways this piece looks at all of our nature, as people who have migrated. It’s called Build That Wall, We Come From the Stars, We Come From the Center of the Earth,” he said.

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[Alas de Agua Art Collective grew out of the New Mexico Mural Project]