Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

New in 2020: Art & Leadership Remote Engagement Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting all of our lives, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum staff have been working to pivot our programs. Accessibility and safety are our highest concerns. Due to new information on how COVID-19 affects young people, we have decided to cancel the in-person portion of our 2020 Art & Leadership Program. On behalf of The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, we thank you for your care and commitment as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The Education Team at The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will be offering a hands-on, offline program this summer in place of the in-person Art and Leadership Program. Through the program, participants will engage with hands-on art activities and moments of self-reflection. Participants in the summer of 2020 will have access to art challenges, art kits, optional online professional artist studio tours, and an opportunity to display their art completed during the program publicly. The 2-week program will include activities that promote self-awareness and identity development for aspiring young artists and leaders. As in past years, the program is only for students who are returnees to the program, or have been nominated by their teachers this past school year.

Art and Leadership Art Kits are supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

To make a charitable donation to the Art and Leadership Program, please visit

To donate by mail, you can send a check to:
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
c/o Art and Leadership Program
217 Johnson Street Santa Fe, NM 87501

For more information, please contact:
Art + Leadership Program Coordinator

NUEVO en 2020: Programa de participación remota de arte y liderazgo

Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 que está afectando a todas nuestras vidas, el personal del Museo Georgia O’Keeffe ha estado trabajando para impulsar nuestros programas. La accesibilidad y la seguridad son nuestras mayores prioridades. Debido a la nueva información sobre cómo COVID-19 afecta a los jóvenes, hemos decidido cancelar la parte en persona de nuestro Programa de Arte y Liderazgo 2020. En nombre del Museo Georgia O’Keeffe, le agradecemos su atención y compromiso mientras trabajamos juntos para frenar la propagación de COVID-19 en nuestra comunidad.

El Equipo de Educación del Museo Georgia O’Keeffe ofrecerá un programa práctico sin conexión este verano en lugar del Programa de Arte y Liderazgo en persona. A través del programa, los participantes participarán en actividades artísticas prácticas y momentos de autorreflexión. Ninos en el Verano de 2020 tendrá acceso a desafíos de arte, artículos de arte, visitas opcionales en línea a estudios de artistas profesionales y la oportunidad de mostrar su arte completado durante el programa públicamente. El programa de 2 semanas incluirá actividades que promuevan la autoconciencia y el desarrollo de la identidad de jóvenes artistas y líderes. El programa es solo para estudiantes que han regresado al programa o que han sido nominados por sus maestros el año pasado.

The O’Keeffe Art and Leadership Program for Girls, founded in 1998, provides adolescent girls in Santa Fe, 11-13 years, with opportunities for independent thinking, skill-building, problem solving and the development of their artistic talents. Areas of concentration include topics on identity, creativity and self-esteem. This interactive program seeks to create a support system for girls, utilizing art-making and women artist role models, particularly Georgia O’Keeffe, to promote girls’ creative abilities.

The O’Keeffe Art and Leadership Program for Boys, modeled after the girls program, was piloted in 2002. Created for adolescent boys, 11-13 years, the program focuses on self discovery and the exploration of creativity through art making, writing, music, and movement exercises that promote resiliency and non-violent behavior. Professional male museum staff, artists and interns lead the program and serve as role models.

Both programs offer a safe space and open platform for self-expression and inquiry by facilitating an environment that can accommodate discussions in a mature way on topics such as stereotypes, race, class, and gender norms with the goals of working towards healthy self-esteem and positive leadership skills. Teachers in Santa Fe area schools nominate children to participate in the O’Keeffe Art & Leadership Programs. Pre-adolescent youth interested in art who reside in Santa Fe and surrounding rural communities are given priority for attendance.

Art and Leadership Program for Boys and Girls, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum from Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on Vimeo.

Youth Art Exhibition Opening: Art and Leadership Program for Girls and Program for Boys from Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on Vimeo.