Agnes Chavez
agnes chavez resume

Agnes Chavez, a Cuban-American artist exhibiting since 1986, took a 9 year hiatus starting in 2000 to focus on developing SUBE, a unique system for teaching language to children utilizing art, music and games. She still runs the business today.  This led to a partnership in 2002 with the National Hispanic Cultural Center  (NHCC) where she expanded her language program to include Digital Storytelling workshops, empowering everyday people to tell their stories through multi media. Together they have offered workshops to under served communities in Spain, Mexico and the U.S. and have produced over 100 digital stories from workshop participants. She was contracted in 2007 through NHCC to develop an online digital storytelling curriculum for Target/Scholastic. In 2009 she started a project called STEMArts, a web-based platform encouraging interdisciplinary multi-age collaborations that integrate art, science and technology while proposing creative solutions to real world problems. STEMArts experiments with innovative ways to engage high school students in meaningful new media collaborations that help them find their passion. In 2011 she was contracted as Education Director for ISEA2012 to develop STEM +Art educational programs and curriculum for the ISEA2012 conference that took place Albuquerque Sept 19-24. Her new art work, (x)trees, was invited to be presented at this international exhibit. In 2013 she was contracted by Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop a STEM Challenge for middle and high school students in northern New Mexico, applying the STEMarts approach.

Past Project Overview



Associate Degree in Art, Miami Dade Community College 1980

Bachelor Degree of Fine Art, California College of Arts and Crafts, 1984

Holgraphy Internship, N.Y. Holographic Laboratories, 1986

Artist-in-residency, Highlands University, 1995


2012 New Mexico Women in Technology Award
2007 Ms. Foundation Grant Award $2500 2007

2007 Kids First! Coalition for Quality Children’s Media Endorsement for Sing, Watch, Learn Spanish DVD

2008 Prospering Business Award, NMSBDC Network (New Mexico Small Business Development Center)

2006 INELAM Awards: Educational Portal of the Americas: For the initiative Digital Storytelling Empowerment Through Personal Expression, INEAM (Institute of Advanced Studies of the organization of American States)

2005 Entrepreneur of the Year, PNM/Wesst Corp $1000

2005 New Mexico Enterprise Development recognition award

2004 Ana Maria Arias Memorial Business Fund award, LatinaStyle/Wells Fargo $5000


2007 Developed Digital storytelling curriculum for Target/Scholastic in partnership with NHCC

2011 Currently developing STEMArts educational programs and open source curriculum for ISEA2012

Art Exhibitions

2012 Invited Artist, ISEA2012, (x)tree installation, Albuquerque Museum, NM

2012 Bareiss Gallery, Occupy Art, (x)tree projection, Group exhibit, Taos New Mexico

2011 Impa Factory and Cultural center, Buenos Aires, Argentina, (x)tree projection

2010 Lighting of Ledoux, Video Projection of (x)tree, Taos N.M.

2009 Cafe Loka, One person installation, Taos, N.M. 

1999 Drawing Perspectives, Three-person Show, Harwood Museum, Taos, N.M. 1998

1997 Contemporary Hispanic Art, Capitol Building, Santa Fe, N.M

1997 Rio Grande Siggraph Expo, Albuquerque Convention, Alb., N.M

1996 Light Forms; Jungle Rhythms, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM,

1995 Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM Three-person Exhibit,

1994 Guadalupe Cultural Arts, San Antonio,TX  El Mundo del Arte de Nuevo

1992 Taos Moderns in Carlsbad, Carlsbad Museum, Carlsbad, N.M

1990 New Paradigms for a Virtual Reality, Metro-State Center For Visual Arts. Denver, CO.

Conference Lectures, Workshops and Special Projects

NMABE (New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education), Albuquerque Convention Center, N.M., 2000-2003 Presentation: SUBE, A multimedia approach to language learning

State Learning Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., 2002
Presentation: Subeconnects; Expanding your language program into the community

La Cosecha Conference, Tamaya, New Mexico, 2002
Presentation: Globalize your language program!

TESOL conference(Teachers of English to speakers of other languages), San Antonio, TX 2005

Presentation; Scaffolding with multisensory games; developing oral language skills

NABE conference (National association for bilingual education), San Antonio, TX 2005

Presentation; Scaffolding with multisensory games; developing oral language skills

ABS ELT Conference , Buenos Aires Argentina 2007,2009,2010,2011

Presentation; Develop speaking skills with multisensory games!

SubeConnects/Digital Storytelling Workshop

2008 Atrisco Land Grant Community Albuquerque, Preserving cultural heritage
Workshop: July, Working with Atrisco community members capturing oral histories/stories 2007

Indigenous Language Institute Santa Fe, Preserving oral histories
Workshops: A series of training workshops working with staff to document stories of elders/ youth 2006

Voces Teen Workshop, Using Digital Storytelling as a poetry expression
Workshop: Part of a Poetry event, Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2004-5

Teacher Workshops, Teaching teachers how to use Digital Story creation in the classroom
Workshop Series, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2003

Digital Storytelling; Connecting teachers in Trujillo-Spain and Albuquerque-U.S.A
Workshop One: September, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Workshop Two: October, Museo de la Coria, Trujillo, Spain 2002 SubeConnects; Connecting teachers in Mexico and the U.S.,

SUBE reviews
Convergence Magazine

Univision News review

ESL Magazine Review, March/ April 2005

Univision television network. Featured Sube on Sept 2006

School Library Journal 2005  See the review of the ESL Sube Kit