Visit Santa Fe's museums and wake up the artist within youǃ There is a good reason that Santa Fe has drawn artists like Georgia O'Keeffe here for generations. Whether you are 7, 17 or 70 years old, get inspired by the rich blend of history, arts and cultural heritage with more than a dozen state and private museums around Santa Fe.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture holds an impressive repository of Native American art and culture which tells the stories of the Southwest and its inhabitants. A visit to the museum showcases the great diversity of the Native American cultures found in the region. Visitors have the opportunity to listen to the stories and songs of the Native people of the Southwest, experience new forms of art, or learn about the cultures of the area's indigenous people. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture also acts as a repository for archaeological research materials for the state through their Laboratory which is responsible for the preservation of invaluable collections including artifacts created circa AD 1200 and some of the first artifacts collected from local Native American communities.
Artist Georgia O’Keeffe's mission was to create art that conveyed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” O’Keeffe’s images on display at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum include abstractions, large-scale imagery of nature and other natural forms, cityscapes as well as paintings of the interesting landscape of northern New Mexico. O'Keeffe who was forced into retirement in 1984 due to her failing eyesight, managed to create an amazing collection prior which is now showcased in the Museum’s collections including 140 O’Keeffe oil paintings, almost 700 drawings, and some. The museum also provides various award-winning education and public programs that have gained notoriety from parents, educators and school administrators. And tours of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Home and Studio located in the village of Abiquiú is also available through the museum.
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, organized as a Center of Hispanic Culture and Learning, is dedicated to the preservation of Northern New Mexican Hispano art, culture and traditions. Their programs include the entire community by providing exhibitions, performances, workshops, and lectures which nurture and support the arts and cultural education. This warehouse facility houses galleries, exhibition spaces, and a theater with activities and events throughout the year such as their winter market and mercado. From fall through spring, tourists and collectors alike can witness an array of folk art, vintage memorabilia, and tribal art.
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