Creativity in Action for Adolescents
MISSION: Coyote Central builds the competence and confidence of adolescents through hands-on projects with creative professionals in the studio and out in the community.
Coyote Central (originally Coyote Junior High) was founded in 1986 by Marybeth Satterlee and Greg Ewert, two middle school teachers seeking to challenge young adolescents with creative problem solving in out-of-school time. Coyote has gradually grown from serving 45 participants in its first year to over 1,000. Its original program, now called Studio Coyote, offers workshops in creative fields from robotics to fashion design. CityWorks was launched in 1989 with a commission from a supper club wanting young Coyote artists to design and embellish a frame for a movie screen. In 1992 Hit the Streets was created as a program for low-income youth to create public art in their urban neighborhoods. Through all of its steady growth, the model of instruction has remained true to the founders‘ original mission.
Coyote Central has served over 11,000 students since 1986, earning the Mayor’s Arts Award in 2008 for excellence. Hit the Streets participants have made major public art installations in many urban neighborhoods, including corridors of public art along both 23rd Ave. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the heart of the Central District. CityWorks student have created over twenty site specific art installations as commissions for national conferences, store display windows, commercial lobbies, and promotions for citywide events. The quality of both Hit the Streets and CityWorks projects out in the community is proof that Coyote participants not only rise to but surpass high expectations.
Teaching artists who share their expertise and passion about their work with adolescents
School teachers, youth advocates, and counselors who help their students find us
Partnering organizations that share their professional equipment, facilities, and experts
Foundations, corporations and governmental entities that fund Coyote’s programs and projects
Community groups and businesses who commission Coyote to grace their neighborhoods or storefronts with youth-generated art
Professional artists who donate their artwork and talents each year to our auction
And all the Coyote families, auction-goers, and volunteers that offer their time, talents and financial support