The SITE Scholar Program is an initiative to honor college and graduate level creative students in northern New Mexico. Founded with the goal to increase student participation in the museum and contemporary art world, this program enables students to enrich their educational experience. Composed of top students from Central New Mexico Community College, Highlands University, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Santa Fe Community College, St. John’s College, and the University of New Mexico, these nominated students are recognized by SITE SANTA FE as high achieving leaders within their schools. The students selected for the SITE Scholar program are given opportunities to network and to present their work in a gallery at SITE SANTA FE.
SITE Scholars was supported by a generous grant from The Hayes Foundation.
Creative Residencies celebrated creative people doing extraordinary work in our community by collaborating with our participants to present unexpected creative experiences in the galleries. Many thanks to the Gale Family Foundation and the Anne Embree Charitable Foundation for their support of this program.
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, SITE SANTA FE developed and distributed distance learning activity kits for elementary, middle, and high school students as well as teachers with free educational tools, workbooks, art supplies, and videos.
Art Activities: SITE SANTA FE has hosted numerous artist workshops and activities over the years, many of which you can do at home!
Make paper flowers with Dario Robleto (Part 1 / Part 2)
Transform heavy topic into art with Nina Elder
Guadalupe Maravilla (El Salvador, US) presents works that draw on his own personal migratory history and displacement. His work incorporates his pre-colonial Central American ancestry, personal mythology, and autobiographical story-telling.
English: Elementary / Middle / High Español: Primaria / Intermedia / Secundaria
The Gen-erate program engaged Santa Fe youth in curating public programs at SITE SANTA FE. Participating teens planned, designed, and delivered public programs on topical issues to generate constructive intergenerational dialogue. Under the mentorship of public programs staff, Gen-erate teens built significant connections to local communities and gained an introduction to career pathways in the arts.
In IRL, SITE SANTA FE and educational institutions in Santa Fe worked together to bring artists to the classroom and/or students to the museum for multi-day (sometimes multi-year) projects that support teachers and improve social emotional learning. IRL projects often result in presentations at SITE SANTA FE, at the different schools and community organization locations, or in SITE SANTA FE’s Education Lab.
Through IRL, SITE SANTA FE regularly and consistently worked with Capital High School, El Camino Real Academy, El Dorado Community School, the Institute for American Indian Arts, Mandela International Magnet School, Milagro Middle School, the Native American Community Academy, New Mexico School for the Arts, the New Mexico School for the Deaf, Ortiz Middle School, Santa Fe High School, the Santa Fe Indian School, the University of New Mexico, and Wood Gormley Elementary.
SITEcenter was the education and outreach component of the SITElines exhibitions, which focused on art from the Americas in a biennial format. SITEcenter signals a commitment to tie the curatorial process with education outreach efforts and a deeper engagement within in the community of Santa Fe. SITEcenter programs included commissioning artists to work on projects within the community as well as lectures and events related to the themes of the exhibitions.
SITE SANTA FE’s Zine Program provided a unique opportunity for students to work directly with exhibitions and exhibiting artists to create handmade arts magazines reproduced and distributed at the museum. The Zine Program was a three-part project introduced SITE SANTA FE’s exhibitions as well as, “zines,” or handmade magazines through in-person class visits. The students then visited SITE SANTA FE for an in depth experience with the exhibition, often having the opportunity to work closely with one of the artists in the show to inspire their zine created back in the classroom. At the conclusion of the project, the zines were available to the public and distributed with SITE SANTA FE’s other printed materials.