Coyote Central Programs
Studio Coyote engages 1,400 youth every year in twenty-hour courses taught by talented professional artists, filmmakers, welders, chefs, web designers, glassblowers, animators and more. Coyote youth aged 10-14 from a wide variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds learn creative, technical, and problem-solving skills as they tackle hands-on projects and discover new talents.
Hit the Streets is a summer work program in which 24 low-income teens work with professional artists to design and build public art for their community. They learn not only technical skills and creative problem-solving but also job skills like teamwork, reliability, and initiative. They also learn the satisfaction of creating something with their own hands and the pride of building their community.
CityWorks engages 25 to 50 adolescents aged 12-18 each year in making public art commissioned by businesses and organizations. Talented participants in Studio Coyote or Hit the Streets are invited to apprentice with professional public artists to produce site-specific art in prominent commercial or municipal settings citywide.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Coyote Central’s first full year in its new Central District facilities showed a 40% increase in the number of enrollments. A high-profile presence at 23rd and Cherry and ample space to put up courses – over 170 for the year – has meant that Coyote is reaching more and more youth, especially from the Central District. That increase in enrollment has also meant a sharp increase in scholarship requests; Coyote gave over $70,000 in scholarship awards in its first year alone, and that number continues to rise. Last term, almost half of Coyote’s students received either a full or partial scholarship.
Coyote is dedicated to continue serving every interested youth. To continue to do that in the face of ever rising requests, we will have to increase scholarship funding dramatically. At present we receive Youth Arts funding from the city and receive substantial donations from individuals at our annual fundraising auction and throughout the year. We are now seeking additional scholarship funding from foundations, businesses, and new individual donors.