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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.

Our Upcoming Programs...

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 opened April 30, 2016
This is the second year of our Hands-On Youth Curatorial Program. Our students, ages 14 to 17, were from the Santa Fe Indian School and The Academy for Technology and the Classics. This year these young curators worked with the Coe Foundation, local Santa Fe museums, and collectors on curatorial practice and the art of indigenous peoples worldwide, culminating in their own exhibition Culture Exchange: The Unspoken Truth. Visit this amazing show at the Ralph T. Coe Foundation, on view through July 2016.

Partial funding for this program has been provided by the LANL Foundation Small Educational Outreach grants program and Dunn-Edwards Paints of Santa Fe.

Artist workshops in your future?
Announcing the last workshop in our CREATING SIDE-BY-SIDE Artist Workshop series. This series of public workshops has brought renowned Native artists, such as Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) and Sallyann Paschall (Cherokee) to the Coe Foundation to engage in hands-on experiences with the public involving a variety of different media. For more information and ticket prices please call (505) 983-6372 or email

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...
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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