canelologo

The Canelo Project is a small non-profit organization, that we, Bill and Athena Steen founded in 1989 and whose work centers on the theme – Connecting People, Culture and Nature.

 

The tiny town of Canelo, in southeastern Arizona, is home to The Canelo Project and the center of many of our activities .  We rebuilt the old adobe ranch house and complex of buildings to function as a place where people of different backgrounds and cultures could come together to share in an ongoing exploration of living, building, the arts, music and regional foods.

We have developed it as a center for learning, research, demonstration and cross-cultural gatherings.  Our ongoing annual activities revolve around workshops, tours, intern programs and writing. The focal point of our work is handcrafting simple, small-scale and comfortable shelter that is built primarily with local and natural materials. In that pursuit, we have evolved a unique straw bale and clay wall system that is finished with beautiful clay and lime plasters, sculptural wall carvings, earthen floors and clay ovens.

We, Bill and Athena Steen, as the founding directors of The Canelo Project, have also taught and worked extensively in Mexico, taught workshops and lectured throughout Europe and the United States.

We have also become increasingly involved in museum art projects that include the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., the National Botanical Gardens – Washington D.C., the Denver Art Museum, the Ceramic Research Center – Arizona State University and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Our sons, Benito and Arjuna, on occasion, have involved themselves in our projects.  They have grown up in the midst of various Canelo Project workshops and projects and in the process have developed their own individual paths.  Benito has become talented in sculptural metal and artistic clay work while Arjuna (Oso) has become a fine finish carpenter.

As a non-profit organization we gladly accept donations of useful materials and tools, such as those on our Wish List.

 

 

Share This

Leave a Reply

 
 

What Others Are Saying

First of all I’m a little bias in that the owners of La Posada are my friends, but I think I can be objective enough. First of all I like the location, right on the main plaza, across from the church, you’re right in the middle of everything. Then I love the convenience of the restaurant with the doors and windows that open to the outside, great place to sit and beyond the food, connect to the internet to take care of the necessaries. The food is simple, but predictably good, typical of foods from that region. The rooms are more than comfortable. I traveled many years down there before it was ever possible to find the comfort level that one experiences at the hotel. And for me, its a place that connects to the town, the feeling is one of Sonora, not something owned and transplanted by Americans. The owners have done a good job of keeping that intact.

Canelo Bill, Canelo, Arizona
 
 
 
 

Copyright © 2013 MexicoEcoResort. All Rights Reserved