SITE’s Elementary School Programs – every fall, SITE accommodates all of the students in a local elementary school and gives tours in both Spanish and English for the students. The schools that are hosted by SITE are all Title One schools, which means that all of the students are on a free or reduced lunch program.
SITE’s Young Curators Program, the only program of its kind in New Mexico, teaches high school students the curatorial side of the art experience, providing alternative ways for teens to connect with art while giving them a glimpse of possibilities within museum careers. Participants in the Young Curators program are empowered to make decisions about their exhibition’s theme, venue, selection of artworks, PR and marketing, fundraising, installation, and opening events. The Young Curators Program is a free after school program that also gives young artists the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting.
SITE’s Zine Program provides a unique opportunity for students from the elementary through college level to work directly with SITE exhibitions and exhibition artists, engaging students to create handmade arts magazines that can be reproduced and distributed at SITE. The Zine Program is a three-part project in which SITE’s Education staff visits the classroom to introduce the concepts behind SITE’s exhibition as well as “zines,” handmade magazines that can be reproduced in a cost effective manner. Then the students visit SITE, for an in depth experience with the exhibition often having the opportunity to work closely with one of the artists in the show. The students then return to the classroom to create their zine. At the conclusion of the project, the zines are available to the public and distributed with SITE’s gallery guides and other printed materials.
Student Gallery Guides is similar in concept to the zine program, but is geared towards writing classes. Adjunct to SITE’s own curator-written gallery guides, students write their personal experiences, reviews, and reactions to works in a current exhibition. These are distributed and made available to all visitors and are uploaded to the website.
SITE’s Youth Development and Transitional Education Program (now called Bridge Academy) provides art projects related to the exhibitions at SITE for incarcerated teenagers and for long term suspended teens who are considered to be “at-risk.” Parallel to our Zine program, the projects are inspired by the artists and their work at SITE.
SITE’s Internship Program provides interns with meaningful opportunities in a working environment within a contemporary art museum. Interns are accepted into specific departments but are allowed and encouraged to expand on their experiences at SITE by working in other areas of museum operations.
SITE’s SITE Guide Program is an innovative approach to guest services and museum education. Serving as guards to protect the artwork, the guides are also educators who have been trained to dialogue with visitors to SITE’s exhibitions, making the work more accessible to a wide range of people. Every hour the museum is open, SITE Guides are available to give tours and converse with visitors about the artwork on display.
SITE’s Art & Culture Program is an ongoing series that addresses contemporary art and cultural issues, often focusing on the work on view at SITE. Artists, scholars, and other fascinating art world personalities present their ideas through lectures, discussions, symposia, and multidisciplinary programming.
SITEcenter is the education and outreach component of the SITElines exhibitions. SITElines exhibitions focus 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 include commissioning artists to work on projects within the community as well as lectures and events related to the themes of the exhibitions.