SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2018

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F O C U S I N PAGE SPONSORED BY: T he Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts is dedicated to increasing public awareness, education, and appreciation of worldwide indig - enous art through its programs, exhibi- tions, and individual study. The Coe Center emphasizes learning through actively engaging art and offers an open storage collection of indigenous objects that you can experience hands-on. Coe's Legacy The Coe Center has been operating since 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is the legacy of Ralph T. Coe, an exceptional curator and collector as well as museum director. Coe's pas - sion for art and culture was global, and his search for knowledge and his quest to understand the human condition is evident in the varied collections he left behind. Coe's wish was to inspire future generations from all walks of life and ages to be inquisitive and to search beyond their own known experience. Coe Curators The Coe Center's Hands-on Curatorial Program, now in its fifth year, provides an opportunity for local high-school students to work with the Coe's col- lection of more than 2,000 works of indigenous art. Through museum visits The Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts and weekly sessions, the young curators learn how to create their own exhibi- tions from the collection by selecting the objects, doing research, writing wall and catalog text, writing press releases, designing exhibition layout and graph - ics, and interacting with visitors. Coe curators work with educators around the state, including the pueb- los, to craft a program using objects from the collection. This helps stu- dents open their eyes to the possibili- ties of artistic expression—their own and that of others. Additional Programs In the Side-by-Side program, the Coe welcomes artists to work with the cen- ter's one-of-a-kind collection to inspire their own creative process, as well as to create public programs that awaken all the senses. One such recent program is IMPRINT, a multi-layered collaborative exhibition that challenges assumptions about how art engages with the public. Six leading Native American print- makers have created art that is dis- played on the walls of the collection and in public spaces. IMPRINT brings art to the public and the public to art in widely accessible ways through the use of repurposed newspaper boxes, wheat-pasted posters around town, and free print giveaways. IMPRINT has and continues to engage in collaborations with other Santa Fe institutions, such as with Axle Contemporary's THEIMPRINT- MOBILE and with Meow Wolf on public programming, including a free family printmaking event. Learn more about the center's col- lections, programs, and collaborations at coeartscenter.org/index.html. Coe's wish was to inspire future generations from all walks of life to be inquisitive and to search be ond their own known experience. 42 NOVEMBER 2018 SchoolArts

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