Borderland Collective

A long-term participatory art and education project based in Texas


Guided by a critical pedagogy that interweaves inquiry, dialogue, action, and reflection, Borderland Collective collaborated with forty high school students in San Antonio, Texas on a year-long art and research project. Together, we unpacked and reflected upon historical and contemporary issues surrounding energy production, usage, and impact.

The project included dialogues with practioners in the field of solar energy, Native American activist Franki Orona, a trip to the Center for American History at the University of Texas where we investigated historical documents related to the origins of the oil industry, and a mutliday field excursion to the Permian Basin oil fields in West Texas. Photographs, interviews, writing, and artwork were exhibited in San Antonio and produced as an experimental newspaper.

Information: International School of the Americas, San Antonio, TX

Project Leads:
Ryan Sprott and Jason Reed

Leah Alexander, Shelby Atherton, Angela Canonizado, Aidan Cruz, Neenah Cuero, Antonio Esparza, Clare Ferrell, Sofia Fortuno, Noah Furman, Danika Garza, Jonelle Gonzalez, Julia Guillory, Anya Hansen, Audrey Herrera, Frankie Imbus, Rachel Kamata, Violet Luna, Emma Madewell, Sage Martin, Jackie Meade, Stephen Montez, Zoe Morris, Bailey Nicholson, Sophia Palafox, Sofia Quintanilla, Starine Reyes, Catalina Rocha, Drew Russell, Heidi Stifter, Aolani Tagle, Ystais Tagle, Joshua Trout, Ryan Tubbesing, Lauren White, Claire Wilson, and Bygoe Zubiate; Steve Magadance, Bonnie Brawner, Luke Freeman, Molly Sherman, Jens Hauge, Laurie Smith, Lynette Guillory, Mark Menjivar, Bethany Johnson, Sue Ann Pemberton, Jarod Sprott, Charlie Hemmeline, Frankie Orona, Bureau of Economic Geology and Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas, Scott Tinker, Mark Blount, Bissett Young, Svetlana Ikonnikova, Sue Hovorka, Shannon Costello, Rachel Johnson, Randy Nieman, Adam Reed, John Kennedy, Warhorse Services, Randy Rohlfs, and the Petroleum Museum