Casa Minka is Coming...
The wildfires raged all around us in the Bay Area last fall, the smoky air making me lightheaded and short of breath. For the second year in a row, Steve and I felt like climate refugees, as we headed out on the road. The year before we'd gone north to Portland, but this year we aimed for Taos.
I fell in love with Taos 20 years ago when we went there seeking solace, just after 9/11. For years, I'd read about Taos's legendary artistic history and melding of three cultures. It soothed me somehow, too, to be near the oldest continuously lived-in dwelling in North America, Taos Pueblo.
Taos infused me then with a sense of human resilience, and as we drove into town, I wanted to move there. It just wasn't possible in 2001, and I didn't think it was possible now either, but COVID, despite all its destruction, did change our calculus of where it is possible to live.
And then the perfect property found us--one where we will have the freedom and space to further develop the philosophy, social practice and collaborative residency program for artists and activists that we embarked on in Sausalito with the ModNomad project.
Designed and built by Taos Modern artist/architect Malcolm Brown, the house is an homage to the ancient Japanese minka, or "house of the people", and sits on just over two acres in Arroyo Seco, surrounded by mountains.
Join us as we explore the history of this property, the intention behind it, and the people connected to it, and build a new life and community.
There is much to discover here, a weaving of past, present and future.