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 weekly after-school program that also gives young artists the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting.

For further information on the Young Curators program, please call Amanda Lee at 505.989.1199 or email



 Young Curators artwork submission form

Young Curators Alumni Survey

Over the summer of 2015, SITE’s Education Department conducted a long-range assessment of the Young Curators program. Out of 223 total Young Curators, SITE was able to locate 83 of them. Out of that number, 35% of former young curators took an online survey.

Young Curator workshops

In addition to organizing exhibitions, the Young Curators participate in a variety of art-related workshops. SITE Santa Fe’s Education Department engages both local and national experts to share their knowledge, skills, and techniques with the Young Curators. Over the last several years Young Curators have studied the methods and procedures for conservation and restoration of works on paper, paintings, sculpture, textiles, frames, and new media. They have participated in workshops geared at historical oil gilding and frame making, as well as contemporary forensic techniques used in painting conservation. In addition, the Curators have had the opportunity to study art history, media, and technique.


Young Curators Zine: What's Inside 2015 (2015)
An overview of artwork curated by the Young Curators for their "What's Inside" exhibition.

The Young Curators Ice Cream Social (2014)
A selection of artwork curated by The Young Curators for their Ice Cream Social, inspired by artist, David Robbins.

Past Young Curator Exhibitions