Here’s How YOU Can Help!

Your support enables us to engage artists, students, and their communities.

Areas of most need…

Your gift will go to those areas of most need at the Coe Center—collection care, artists honorariums, program support, fellows and intern honorariums, supplies, and maintenance of the Coe campus.

Suggesting levels of support:
$25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $2,500

Hands-On Student Curatorial Program

Our goal is to expand this program to serve more high school students.


  • $250 supports a Hands-On Student Curator (supplies, field trips, exhibition materials)
  • $500 supports a Hands-On Mentor for the students (a college student or local artist)
  • $2,500 supports the Hands-On Student Curators Exhibition (construction, catalogs, hospitality)

Objects in Residence – Art Immersion Program

We work with schools to craft educational experiences for children.


  • $1000 supports the continued expansion of our Art Immersion Program for elementary and junior high students around the state, bringing them eye-opening experiences outside the typical curriculum.

First Fridays with the Coe Side-by-Side Artists Program

The Coe Center invites you to experience behind-the-scenes access to over 2,00 works of global indigenous art on the first Friday of each month, 1-4 pm. We share the entire collection with you through artist-led programming and guided tours by Coe staff and volunteers. Beginning in March 2022, a monthly artist will “host” First Fridays by sharing with you the pieces they select from the collection and/or creating artworks, and/or leading conversations on related topics. Meet the works of art, staff, and volunteers!


  • $500 provides for artist honorariums and supplies.

Coe Internship and Fellowships

Our goal is to add more fellows and interns, for longer terms, providing education and experience for them to pursue varied, fulfilling opportunities after they leave the Coe.


  • $2,000 supports an intern (high school student), a three-month program.
  • $3,000 supports a Coe Fellowship (college student or graduate), a three-month program.

Adopt an Artwork

The collection is central to all Coe programs. The ongoing care and stewardship of the collection are the main priority of the organization. You can participate in the care and stewardship too.


  • $500 covers the cost of supplies to care for the collection
  • $1500 supports building mounts to house and protect artworks.
  • $5000 supports the overall care and conservation of the collection

The Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts is a private operating 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible.

You can also mail a check to:
Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts
Aspen Plaza
1590 B Pacheco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Please remember us in your wills and trusts!

2019 Student Curators
2019 Student Curators
2019 Student Curators

“All my life I’ve relied on this measured process of aesthetic absorption, whether the work is a Renaissance Plaquette or a Native American wearing blanket. It involves returning over and again to the individual work of art. I revisit and bear constantly in mind the objects of my own collection, however large or small, to gain new insights. They are not trophies but instruments of passion with the power to unexpectedly reveal mysteries.”

Ralph T. Coe

Founder, Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts


We, of course, couldn’t do what we do with our committed, knowledgeable volunteers. You could be a tour guide, help us host events, or provide your expertise in a number of areas, including development, marketing, and program development and management. If you’d like to follow your passion for the arts, and help us make a difference, please contact

2018 Hands-On Student Curators

“I was immediately impressed with the large totem pole in the main lobby as I walked into the Coe Center for the first time. It dwarfs everything else in the room. I found out later it is a smaller reproduction of the ceremonial Hamatsa pole of the Kwakwaka’waka tribe from the northwest coast of Canada by the artist Calvin Hunt. I have been to Alaska and saw totem poles being made. The Coe Center exhibit brought back lots of memories and got me thinking about the many diverse cultures and peoples of the world represented by the collection.”

Alan Teitelbaum