Since 2011, artworks by Leonardo Drew, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Diego Rivera from the McNay’s Collection have inspired San Antonio K—12 students. Looking closely together and learning about the artist, young learners make connections with their own lives and create art with powerful and personal messages. In 2020, students took a cue from the fearless experimentation of Sue Fuller and sculpted from found materials during the Stay-at-Home order. Students and teachers cited the healing power of creativity in difficult times.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Spotlight, student projects and documentation from the entire history of the program are on view in the Patio Gallery. “Spotlight projects from the past 10 years have been proudly displayed at schools and in students’ homes,” said Rosemary Hickman, Semmes Foundation Education Manager and coordinator of the Spotlight program. “We’re excited to share these inspiring examples of student creativity with the community as we commemorate a decade of youth creativity in San Antonio.”
During the 2021-22 school year, student artists prepare new work inspired by The Sole Sitter by Willie Cole on view in the newly improved Museum grounds.
Major support for Spotlight is provided by The Charles Butt Foundation, Semmes Foundation, Inc., and
Texas Commission for the Arts.
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