WHAT IS THE CALDO COLLECTIVE?
The Caldo Collective is an artist driven curatorial collective based in El Paso, Texas. In response to a lack of support for contemporary art in our community we initiate grassroots projects that generate opportunities for artists through direct support from the community. Through community fundraising events, professional development workshops, public discussions and multi-media public art projects, the Caldo Collective sparks critical dialogue that examines how artists can engage our unique region and ignite interest in art that shapes a bi-national and multi-cultural community.
The Caldo Collective thrives on experimentation. We are interested in forging partnerships with local artists that initiate participatory projects in response to the issues that live and grow from our community. We are the only 501c3 nonprofit organization of this kind in our region.
If you are interested in the opportunities we offer, are interested in supporting local artists or would like to participate in our adventures, please contact us!
WHAT DOES THE CALDO COLLECTIVE DO?
"Frijol Feasts" is a dinner designed to raise micro-funds for artists living and working in the El Paso Community and broader border area. "Frijol Feasts" is based on the Sunday Soup Network, an international system of over 70 organizations who initiate similar micro-financing projects, originally founded by the Chicago-based artist collective, Incubate.
Three times per year, Caldo invites the El Paso community to share home-made caldo over locally grown art. Up to ten different local artists are selected as the special guests for each dinner. The artists come ready to share their story and their work with guests. After learning about each artist, their ideas and their potential impact on the community, dinner guests vote on their favorite artist. The artist who is selected by the dinner guests receives the funds raised by the dinner donations collected at the door! Funds range from $500 to $2,000 depending on the event. Since its inaugural year and together with the community, the Caldo Collective has raised over $15,000 in individual contributions of direct support for local art. Seven community-funded projects have allowed artists to engage more than 4000 people in our community with their work. We look forward to making sure these numbers continue to grow! In 2016, the Caldo Collective made history by raising $5000 directly from the community during a Paso del Norte Foundation Challenge Fund Event! In addition, the Caldo Collective created the Frijol Feasts Community Scholarship to benefit a young artist who is pursuing a college degree.
So simple. So easy. So tasty.
An application and guidelines for artists interested in presenting at Frijol Feasts can be found here.
Scholarship information can be found here.
More information about Frijol Feasts can be found here.
The "Transient Triangle Project" is an experiment in alternative public art practices. Caldo aims to directly address the absence of art studios and galleries in El Paso, Texas. We select adventurous public venues for an art project and presentation. The Caldo Collective seeks out spaces that are otherwise unused or neglected, or that serve a purpose unrelated to “art”. We temporarily transform these spaces into art venues. Caldo moves the artists into the space, installs work, opens the exhibition and closes it within 48 hours.
Through this work, we hope to bring contemporary art directly to you. The "Transient Triangle Project" functions to support artists while encouraging community participation in the arts. Artist are encouraged to work across disciplines, through partnerships and out of their comfort zones, allowing the community to take the lead as concepts develop. The Caldo folks believe strongly that there is no better way to educate and inspire our communities than through the arts. We don't need four walls or a ceiling to have an art show!
We are please to have received generous support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the El Paso Community Foundation, the Kern Place Neighborhood Association, the Manhattan Heights Neighborhood Association, Proper Printshop, Tovar Printing and countless volunteers and community leaders who love art.
If you are interested in collaborating with Caldo for the Transient Triangle Project, contact us at
In 2014, the Caldo Collective initiated its first "Conversations Over Caldo" in collaboration with the CUADRO Project in downtown El Paso. The informal panel discussion was set in the comfort of a living room. The Caldo Collective served up a tasty bowl of soup to welcome 50 participants in the conversation. Members of other collectives, individual artists, arts administrators, and other arts professionals were present for the conversation. The event was the first of its kind in El Paso and the first of many conversations to come.
Stemming from Conversations Over Caldo, the collective initiated its "How to make a Caldo" workshop series in 2015. The Caldo Collective helped artists learn how to prepare resumes, artist statements, grant proposals, project budgets, artist talks and powerpoint presentations about their projects. Caldo's cofounders are familiar with the many facets a career in the arts champions and they are dedicated to providing artists with an opportunity to take control of their careers. seize professional opportunities and help contribute to higher professional standards for artists working in El Paso. There is no better way to make a Caldo than with your very own, home made stock.