SITE Santa Fe’s education and public programs seek to make contemporary art accessible to a wide and diverse audience, stimulate a high level of discourse, and explore multiple perspectives of art and culture on an international scale.

Through SITE Santa Fe’s education programs, we seek to be a platform for empowering and educating the next generation of museum professionals, artists, and advocates of art and culture.



Creative Residencies
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.
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Distance Learning
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 1Part 2)
Transform heavy topic into art with Nina Elder

Harriet Bart
(US) and Yu-Wen Wu (Taiwan/US) present Leavings/Belongings, an installation partially created in partnership with New Mexico-based immigrants and refugees.
English: Elementary / Middle / High Español: Primaria / Intermedia / Secundaria

Hew Locke (UK/Guyana) presents two large-scale murals of Greek and Mexican Refugee Shares from the early 20th century along with several of his recent boat sculptures evoking ocean crossings of migrants over the centuries.
English: Elementary / Middle / High Español: Primaria / Intermedia / Secundaria

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

Santa Fe Community Educators Network Workbook

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.
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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.

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Iris Haussler with students
Artist Iris Haussler talks with students about her work in the “More Real?” exhibition at SITE
SITE Zines
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 in which Ring Director of Education & Curator of Public Practice, Joanne Lefrak, visited the classroom to introduce the concepts behind SITE Santa Fe’s exhibition as well as, “zines,” handmade magazines that can be reproduced in a cost effective manner. 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.

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