ARTsmart offers independent programs for teens at the ARTsmart Community Studio, as well as coordinating with Teen Court of Santa Fe on mural-making projects. For additional information, please contact Amanda Neiter, 505.992.2787, email@example.com.
Every year ARTsmart selects an artist who is distinguished not only in New Mexico but throughout the world. As part of his/her mission, the Honorary Artist works with high school students in creating artworks that are auctioned during the annual ARTfeast. Proceeds from the sold works are split between the student artists and their school. Read about all of our ARTsmart Honorary Artists here.
Teen Mural Projects
ARTsmart offers mural-making opportunities throughout the year that connect young people to their community. With support from an organization or business, ARTsmart organizes classes and creates a site-specific mural as a public art piece. ARTsmart mural sites include A Salon, The Lensic Theater, a 950-foot-long community mural that surrounds the Jacob Martinez neighborhood on Santa Fe’s Southside, triangular mural panels that beautify the property of the Zona del Sol Youth and Family Center, the home of the original landowner of Frenchy’s Field, and in the new ARTsmart Community Art Studio at 1201 Parkway Drive in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe County Youth Development Center
Through a partnership with Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Dollars4Schools initiative, ARTsmart has offered monthly programming at the Santa Fe Youth Development Program since January 2015. Dollars4Schools’ Project Director, Ona Johnson, explains that “Dollars4Schools identifies the need to provide students with the essential tools they need to succeed, and we are pleased to partner with the Santa Fe County Youth Development Center in support of student success throughout the upcoming year.” ARTsmart Executive Director Sharon Peterson pointed out that, “This program directly meets our goal to use art as a platform for developing life skills and we thank Dollars4Schools for making our classes at the Youth Detention Center a reality.”