Calling at least four students

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By Carol A. Clark

For want of a few more students, the “Artistic Traditions of the Southwest” course at UNM-Los Alamos may be canceled, even if it is only $15 per senior citizen and standard tuition for others.

“Three people have signed up so far but I’m getting worried because the class starts June 14,” instructor Carol Noones said Wednesday. “We need just four more people and we really hope the community will rally around this unique course and help us keep it open.”

The five-Saturday class, consists mostly of short field trips to art galleries and museums such as the Poeh Museum and Tower Gallery in Pojoaque, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and the Harwood Museum in Taos.

“We’ll also have classroom films, music and discussions on the importance of the land, its myths and the region’s multiple cultures in the development of a worldwide market in Southwestern art,” Noones said. “For our last class on July 19, we’ll travel to the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show, which is a more intimate version of the Santa Fe Indian Market.”

A short course in the summer is a good way for local students and those visiting to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she said, adding that they can gain credit hours and have fun learning about the region at the same time. The class is an elective for students in Art/Art History and Southwest Studies.

Noones especially encourages senior citizens to join the class.

“Come and experience the diverse spirit of the Southwest with this enlightening class,” she said. “We will explore the artistic influences of the area’s three predominant cultures: Native American, Hispanic and Anglo, from pre-colonial times to the present.”

Noones is a relatively new instructor at UNM-LA. She was hired last fall to teach “Introduction to Southwest Studies,” replacing instructor Elizabeth Fiorentino who moved to New York.

Having taken some of Fiorentino’s classes and classes elsewhere in Native American Studies, Noones was quite familiar with the course work. She also holds a master’s degree in English. Fiorentino recommended Noones as her replacement instructor.

“When I first stepped foot in New Mexico in 1986, I fell in love with it and ever since have studied, traveled and explored this great state,” she said. “Developing a course takes quite a bit of work, researching textbooks, collecting teaching materials, arranging for field trips, but it is a joyful effort that I am eager to share.”

For this fall, Noones is preparing a complementary class, “Literary Traditions of the Southwest,” also an elective for students in English and Southwest Studies, and she’ll present “Introduction to Southwest Studies.” In the spring of 2009, she is planning a class on The Native American Experience, which is part of the curriculum for a major in Southwest Studies as well.

For information, call Noones at 672-0629.