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 from the history of the program are on view in the Patio Gallery. “We’re excited to share these inspiring examples of student art with the community as we celebrate a decade of youth creativity in San Antonio,” said Rosemary Hickman, Semmes Foundation Education Manager and coordinator of the Spotlight program.
During the 2021–2022 school year, student artists prepare new work inspired by The Sole Sitter by Willie Cole on view on the Museum grounds.
Major support for Spotlight is provided by The Charles Butt Foundation, Semmes Foundation, Inc., and Texas Commission for the Arts. Additional funding is most generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992.
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