Youth Arts Work

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is committed to supporting a continuum of opportunities for youth to benefit from our community's cultural resources. Our work centers on five key areas:

  • Developing and expanding the capacity of young people to thrive.
  • Ensuring all students have access to in-school and/or after-school arts education programs; be a resource for such programs.
  • Strengthening the role of culture in education.
  • Fostering the development of mentoring, internship, and apprenticeship programs in the creative sector.
  • Partnering with youth organizations and agencies across our community.


Some of the programs and services we provide in support of these areas are:

  • The Youth Culture Passport program provides free access to cultural events and attractions throughout the summer and winter holidays.
  • Free and low-cost, family-friendly programming throughout the summer via Southside Summer.
  • Funding for public art projects that engage young people through IGNITE.
  • Exhibits and programming in the Community Gallery.
  • Financial investment in ArtWorks, a program of Partners in Education Foundation for the Santa Fe Public Schools.
  • Presentation of the annual Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award as part of the Mayor's Arts Awards.
  • Grant support for arts learning projects and educational opportunities through our Cultural Investment Program partners.

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