Increasing out-of-school opportunities for teens, the Gen-erate program engages Santa Fe youth in the process of curating public programs at SITE Santa Fe. Teens participating in Gen-erate plan, design, and execute public programs at SITE Santa Fe that focus on topical issues of local importance and generate constructive, intergenerational dialogue through the exploration of contemporary art. Under the mentorship of public programs staff, Gen-erate teens build significant connections to local communities and gain an introduction to career pathways in the arts.
2019-2020 Cohort Programs
Gen-erate teen Lavina Gray presented a virtual cyanotype workshop and engaged artist and educator Sarah Spengler to discuss cyanotypes in history through the present day. Participants received cyanotype materials in the mail and videos by Spengler and Gray via email explaining the process of creating cyanotype images.
Gen-erate teen Malia Seva asked two artists to address themes of displacement through printmaking techniques for her Gen-erate public program. Artist David Sloan made cards about displaced ideology of native peoples in western consumer culture and Artist Hollis Moore made seed paper intended to be planted. Both designs called for a return to the earth, and aimed to connect participants during a period of isolation.
Gen-erate participant Natalia Payne presented a new film screening every Friday during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month highlighting exceptional Asian and Asian American actors, animators, writers and directors who often go underrepresented in mainstream popular media.