Get Hands-On with the Coe, copresented by First American Art Magazine, is an interactive art celebration to intimately understand the dynamic partnerships of, and the significant collection at, the Coe Center. The event serves as the personification of the Coe’s work to foster dialogue and hands-on experiential education through worldwide Indigenous arts.

“We feel it’s a wonderful time to celebrate our work with the community during this time of reimagining at the Coe Center,” said the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coe Center and Muscogee/Seminole Jeweler, Kenneth Johnson.

Nani Chacon, Diné and Chicana Painter, will unveil a new mural inspired by the Coe Center’s Indigenous art collection on the Coe’s new project building. Nani’s artwork uses the accessibility of the mural format to spark meaningful inspiration for social change and cultural understanding. Born in Gallup, Chacon is widely recognized as one of the most impactful muralists of our time.

Will Wilson, Diné photographer and member of the Board of Directors of the Coe Center, will engage his interactive photographic project, CIPX: Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange. Wilson’s photographic process seeks to contribute to our collective understanding of Native American people and, in doing so, our American identity. Wilson is the recipient of the 2017 NM Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the 2020 Doran Artist in Residence at the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Head of Photography at Santa Fe Community College.

Highlights of the Coe’s art collection will be projected within the project building for participants to enjoy. Additionally, the Coe’s curator and collections manager will have a variety of small art projects for event-goers to engage with, including the opportunity to participate in mural making.  “What sets us apart in Santa Fe’s art community is that we are truly ‘Hands-On’ not just a static institution. We hope this event will serve as a taste of the impact of our work,” said Bess Murphy, the Coe Center Curator.

Any celebration would not be complete without music. Tlingit artist and DJ Celeste Worl will spin records, and the Lightning Boy Foundation Youth Group Hoop Dancers will perform.

First American Art Magazine will launch and distribute its highly anticipated summer issue at the event.

“We are thrilled to truly showcase the multifaceted programs, diverse partners, and activities that the Coe Center facilitates for the community,” said Rachel Wixom, President, Executive Director of the Coe Center.