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Welcome to the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts

The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit dedicated to increasing public awareness, education, and appreciation of indigenous art and culture worldwide, with a concentration in native peoples of North America.

The exhibition Connoisseurship and Good Pie: Ted Coe and Collecting Native Art has been extended through May 11, 2016 at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, NM. A not-to-be-missed opportunity to see if for the first time or to visit again!


Our 2016 Program...

Announcing First Fridays!
The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts opens its doors! We are pleased to announce a monthly first Friday open house, with public hours from 1 to 4 pm. We invite the public to visit for behind the scenes access to our collection of over 2,000 works of global indigenous art-experience our intimate on-site exhibitions, walk through the collections, meet our staff, and learn more about what we do.

Culture Exchange: The Unspoken Truth opens April 30 5-7 pm
Our Hands-On Youth Curatorial Program continues into its second year, hosting students from the Santa Fe Indian School and The Academy for Technology and the Classics. This year the students are learning by working with the Coe Foundation, local museums, and collectors on curatorial practice and the art of indigenous peoples worldwide, culminating in their own exhibition of selected works from the Coe Foundation's collection. Partial funding for this program has been provided by the LANL Foundation Small Educational Outreach grants program, L.E. Meyer Company, and Dunn-Edwards Paints of Santa Fe.



Join us for Forging New Landscapes in Cultural Stewardship
and Repatriation a partnership between the School for Advanced Research and Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts

2016 marks twenty-six years since the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was enacted. The Ralph T. Coe Foundation is partnering with the School for Advanced Research (SAR) for a second year to explore current issues in Native cultures and arts with a series of panels addressing the past, present, and future of this seminal piece of legislation.

For more information, please click here.
-Thursday, March 17: 6:00 pm Keynote Session-NAGPRA Then and Now Watch Now.
-Thursday, March 31: 6:00 pm Community Challenges in a Post-NAGPRA Landscape Watch Part 1. Watch Part 2.
-Thursday, April 7: 6:00 pm Consumption and the Market: The Paris Auctions / Watch Part 1. Watch Part 2.
-Thursday, April 21: 6:00 pm After the Inventories: Museums Becoming Stewards

Artist workshops in your future?
The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce its 2016 Artist Workshop Series. This series of public workshops will bring renowned Native artists working in a variety of media to engage in hands-on experiences with the public. For more information or ticket prices and information, please see our Press Release .

-Saturday, May 14 (for adults) and Sunday, May 15 (for families), 12:30-5 pm with painter, printmaker, and multimedia artist Sallyann Paschall (Cherokee). Paschall will host a printmaking party, in which participants will be able to create monotype prints inspired by the Coe Foundation's diverse collection.

-Saturday, June 18 (for adults) and Sunday, June 19 (for families), 1-5 pm with Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond de Lac band, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe). The Coe Foundation's own extensive collection of birch bark works will serve as inspiration for these workshops, with Misquadace contextualizing the works within the tradition and how she expands this legacy.

Saturday, September 24 (for adults) and Sunday, September 25 (for families), 12:30-5 pm with Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, Norwegian). Cannupa Hanska's "Slip-Cast Seed Bombs" introduces participants to clay as a medium for social activism, while guiding them through the technical process of creating slip cast objects.


And Music...
Save the date: Friday, July 1 at 7 pm
In collaboration with the New Mexico Performing Arts Society (NMPAS), the Ralph T. Coe Foundation presents Native American flutist and flute maker Phillip Haozous and Native flutist and Baroque recorder player Hyda Maria in concert at the Coe Foundation. This project is underwritten by a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation.

There are only 30 seats available for this concert, so please purchase your tickets. before they will sell out fast!

And Fun...
-Save the Date: Thursday, August 18
We are thrilled to announce the Growing Thunder family will be in residence with us for the second year for our open house on the Thursday before Indian Market. Please stay tuned for more information regarding times. Free to the public.


The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the Internal Revenue Code. Please donate now--online or checks can be mailed to the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts 1590 B Pacheco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505. We thank you very much for your support.


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