This week, the New Mexico Fund for Public Interest Journalism publishes its first project, which showcases arts reporting and writing by local students on SITE Santa Fe’s current biennial exhibit Casa tomada.
The project ran for six weeks and included a field trip and tour of the SITE show, along with weekly meetings and discussions on reporting and journalism. The students interviewed artists, curators and others involved with the show for their final pieces.
Santa Fe Prep senior Ruby Woltring interviewed one of the show’s three curators, Candice Hopkins, for a discussion of how the curators found unifying themes in the show, and the way in which New Mexico’s history of conquest and displacement makes it a particularly appropriate setting for the works included.
University of New Mexico senior Celia Raney’s story investigates the challenges of presenting Indigenous art in museum settings through interviews with SITE’s Indigenous Outreach Coordinator Winoka Begay and Navajo artist Melissa Cody, whose work is part of the exhibit.
New Mexico School for the Arts senior Maya Forte writes about the compelling photography of renowned Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz, whose work mines subjects often overlooked in society.
Santa Fe Prep junior Bettina Broyles interviewed artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, whose sculptural installation is informed by Guatemalan history and serves as a meditation on the role of materialism in forging identity.
For this project, the Journo Fund worked with SITE’s robust education department, which already runs several youth programs, such as its Zine, Gallery Guide and Scholars program.
The Journo Fund is now fundraising for its next training program, which will focus on environmental reporting. To help us cultivate the next generation of journalists, please consider making a donation here.