“Survival depends on survival of tradition, but it also depends on learning how to deal with the contemporary world in a way that it benefits us.” – Marie Reyna
Oo-Oo-Nah means “any child” in Tiwa. Oo-Oo-Nah Art & Cultural Center provides the Taos Pueblo community the gift of traditional and contemporary arts to children, youth, young adults and senior citizens, through its programs.
For the past 30 years, the Oo-Oo-Nah Art & Cultural Center has delivered important community services instrumental in addressing poverty through employment in the arts and cultural retention.
The unemployment rate at Taos Pueblo is 11.1%, more than double the New Mexico rate of 5.5%. Income per capita at Taos Pueblo is $14,900, compared to the New Mexico per capita at $23,749.
Oo-Oo-Nah provides vitally important resources to address these issues.
“The future of our community lies in the building of self-esteem, traditional Indian life-skills and a positive learning atmosphere for our children.” – Marie Reyna