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May 20, 2014

OU Outreach offers Santa Fe experience

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma Outreach is offering a noncredit travel study program that explores contemporary Native American art. It will run Aug. 5-11 in Santa Fe, N.M., beginning in Albuquerque.

Participants of the Santa Fe Experience will explore history, culture and contemporary Native American art from the Native artists’ perspective. The group will view public and private collections, while visiting with select artists in the Santa Fe area.

A reduced program fee is provided for those who opt to meet in Albuquerque on Aug. 5, according to Ren Freeman, program specialist for OU Outreach.

This is a unique, customized travel program that combines academic study with a culturally immersed leisure itinerary, Freeman said.

The trip will include a study question for daily discussion, which is based around the central theme of the excursion, Freeman said. It asks, “Is there a difference between Native American art and art created by Native Americans?”

The trip will feature four-star accommodations at the boutique Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and Hotel Chimayo on the Santa Fe Plaza as well as fine cuisine, such as dinner at Rancho de Chimayo. Examples of other activities include:

• Exclusive tours of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the private compound of the Allan Houser Gardens and Studio;

• An evening at the Santa Fe Opera — dual performance, tour and buffet; and

• A trip to the “hidden pueblo” Picuris Pueblo to attend the annual St. Lorenzo Feast Day.

Those in the Oklahoma area are encouraged to attend the pre-travel activities, particularly a special session 6-8:30 p.m. July 29 at the Jacobson House in Norman. This session will include an exclusive presentation about Native American art history and feature local Native American artists discussing their work.

Materials will be made available for those unable to attend this session.

For more information and to register, visit the Outreach travel study website at https://pace.ou.edu/travelstudy.

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