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.

The Gen-erate Program is made possible by generous funding from LANL Foundation, the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission, and The Hayes Foundation.

2021-2022 Cohort Programs

Creativity and Covid
Fri, Mar 4, 6pm

Gen-erate student Zoe Kountoupes-Wilson (Mandela International Magnet School) will moderate a free public panel discussion of artists on how the pandemic has affected their artistic practice and inspired new ideas of how and what to create.

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Everything is Beautiful: Art-Making with Recycled Materials
Sun, Jan 30, 12-1:30pm

Gen-erate student Maya Gollihugh of Capital High School presents a free art-making workshop with recycled materials for the opening weekend of the Young Curators’ exhibition, Everything is Beautiful, featuring exhibiting artist Isabel Rodriguez.

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2019-2020 Cohort Programs

Cyanotype Workshop
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.

Handmade Mail!
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.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Film Festival
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.