Las Cruces Space Festival Virtual Art Shows

The Las Cruces Space Festival is bringing virtual art shows to audiences starting Saturday, May 23rd at 2pm MST with the film premiere of “We Choose To Go To The Moon” followed by the opening of the “Dawn of Discovery” online art exhibition.

“We choose to go to the Moon” is the result of a unique, joint film collaboration between the Las Cruces Space Festival and Shine, the art/science initiative of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Beginning life as a temporary art intervention in the desert of southern New Mexico, “We choose to go to the Moon” takes its cue from the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 12 Moon mission in 1969. Prior to the launch in November 1969 the Apollo 12 crew were sent on a training mission to a large crater in the New Mexico desert known as Kilbourne Hole. Exactly 50 years later this would become the location of the art intervention.

From the documentary film footage of the public art event the two artists of Tim Fitzpatrick and Jeff Erwin, began to see very striking possibilities of this mission to the Moon as a road movie: the audience as the crew, the bus as the rocket and the bus driver as the mission commander!

Commissioned by the Las Cruces Space Festival in 2019, the resulting 16 minute film is brought to life by a highly original soundtrack composed by Andrew Knight-Hill in a collaboration with trumpeter Bede Williams.

Hosted by the Las Cruces Space Festival this live-streaming event with a Q and A session at the end will take place on the 23rd of May at 2.00 pm MST by following the link https://youtu.be/JjUxY4Apf8U. After the premiere we invite you to join artists Tim Fitzpatrick, Jeff Erwin, Bede Williams and Andrew Knight-Hill to discuss the art film. –

Topic: We Choose To Go To The Moon
Time: May 23, 2020 02:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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 The live premiere will be followed by the opening of the “Dawn of Discovery” virtual art exhibit sponsored by The Dona Ana Arts Council.

The “Dawn of Discovery” art show is a multi-media exhibit featuring international and local artists portraying the beauty of the Universe and the excitement of space exploration with sculptures, paintings, astrophotography and much more.

The third-annual Las Cruces Space Festival was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Festival team are still hoping to bring events back in the fall of 2020, but have decided to release some online content to enjoy during this period of uncertainty. We are thankful to all those that have contributed to our virtual art shows and have worked tirelessly to make this happen.

The Las Cruces Space Festival mission is ‘Making Space for Everyone’. The Festival is free to participate in, and open to all, with the cost of activities, presentations, displays, and exhibits all covered by sponsors. We work with many partner organizations across the community – ranging from the public schools, local universities and colleges, space industry, arts, and cultural groups, and many others – to provide an event for people of all ages and interests.

If you or your company are interested in sponsoring the 2020 Las Cruces Space Festival, our Executive Team would be happy to meet with you to discuss our sponsorship packages.

‘Dawn of Discovery’ is a multi-media exhibit featuring international and local artists portraying the beauty of the Universe and the excitement of space exploration. Brought to you by the Las Cruces Space Festival and local partners NMCO Media and the Dona Ana Arts Council. All artwork and content is legally protected by U.S. & International copyright laws.