American Grasslands: Prairie, Pasture, Crop and Lawn, Karen Kitchel, 1997, oil paint
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A Walk in Nature

Karen Kitchel's creative process required close looking and attention to detail. Recreate this experience with young children to give them tools for close looking.

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Culture and Community
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Culture and Community

James Córdova is one of four artists who participated in Cuatro [4]: A series of artist interactions. James used his practice as a santero, an artist who creates images of saints, to activate the collections and help us see the collections in a new way.

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Storytelling Through Art
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Storytelling Through Art

Danette Montoya is a local artist who participated in the Cuatro[4] series of artist interactions. Each of the four artists brought our pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collections to life through their own artistic practice. Danette explored her own personal identity through this project with the inspiration of artists who came before us.

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Justin Favela, Fridalandia, 2017. © Justin Favela
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Home and Identity

Justin Favela is one of 13 contemporary artists whose work was featured in Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place featuring installations that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West.

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Photograph of artist Carlos Frésquez with his artwork in the background.
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The Magic of Discovery

Carlos Frésquez is a local artist who participated in the Cuatro[4] series of installations. Find out how he was inspired early on to make art.

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Artist Melanie Yazzie
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Collecting Things

As seen in her interview, artist Melanie Yazzie is never at a loss for ideas because she collects objects and images for a wall of inspiration in her studio.

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Blanket Story, Marie Watt, 2013, blankets and tags
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Our Objects, Our Stories

Objects, like blankets, are important in telling the stories of our lives.

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¿Being Home?, Rupprecht Matthies, 2009 and 2011, mixed media
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Words, Words, Everywhere!

Use this artist’s theme of describing home to make your space even more of a print rich environment. Young children will connect with the words when they have a hand in making them.

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