Southwest Open School artwork exhibit at Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum

DOLORES, Colo. – A new exhibit at the Bureau of Land Management’s Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum will feature Southwest Open School student art pieces inspired by local archaeological sites, documents and artifacts. The public is invited to the exhibit opening on Tuesday, May 29, at 1 p.m.

“Our local museum staff worked with these talented students to formulate and install an exhibit,” said Marietta Eaton, BLM Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Visitor Center and Museum manager. “We are proud of our unique partnership with the Southwest Open School and look forward to sharing their creations with the public when the exhibit opens.”

The students also connected with BLM staff to learn about the importance of cultural resource management as well as Ancestral Puebloan culture including architecture, technology and art through the school’s local alternative education campus charter high school.

“We appreciate the BLM’s willingness to help our students explore art and archaeology,” said Ed Whritner, Southwest Open School teacher. “It’s our mission is to create a community of learners who utilize expeditionary, experiential education in developing and nurturing high academic character and health standards while honoring diversity and fostering self-directed lifelong learning.” 

The public can view the exhibit from May 29 to June 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum, 27501 Hwy. 184, Dolores, CO. Admission to the museum is $3 per person. Children under 18 and America the Beautiful Public Lands Pass holders enter the museum for free.

To learn more, contact Ed Whritner at 970-565-1150 or visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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