Photograph of a group of young students, many wearing blue shirts, backpacks, and hats, walking through the desert landscape known as the Plaza Blanca, or the White Place. They are small in the frame and the desert landscape extends all around them. The upper portion of the frame shoes a clear blue sky.


Press Release

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Art & Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications

February 20, 2024

Rising sixth-grade students in Santa Fe and surrounding areas can apply for the program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–FEBRUARY 20, 2024 (Santa Fe, NM)– The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is pleased to announce applications for the Art & Leadership Program are open to all rising sixth grade students in Santa Fe and its surrounding communities. Students at public, private, charter, and Bureau of Indian Education schools, as well as homeschooled children, from across Northern New Mexico, are

encouraged to apply for the summer program.

Now in its 26th year, the Art & Leadership Program is free for participants, who are also provided daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Students attend a two-week session Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM in June and/or July, with a celebratory Art Show held in the first week of August.

Photograph of three young people outside in the desert all sketching on notepads. On the right of the frame a person is holding up a small frame of paper as a reference for their drawing. In the background are  desert trees and a blue sky.
A&L Field Trip to the Plaza Blanca, Summer 2023.

“We are excited to open Art & Leadership registration and welcome new students into such an impactful program,” said Grace Almanza, School and Tour Programs Manager for the Museum. “Annual field trips to Ghost Ranch and O’Keeffe’s Home & Studio in Abiquiú are on the schedule again, along with new activities in different art techniques including block printing and ceramics. These hands-on and experiential activities make for two truly unforgettable weeks for our participants.”

Students of the Art and Leadership Program at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on a field trip to Ghost Ranch in 2022.

Created as a homage to Georgia O’Keeffe’s lifelong passion for education and learning, the Art & Leadership program is a three-year summer program that begins in the summer after fifth grade. Students are then invited back to participate in the Art & Leadership Program every summer until they graduate eighth grade. The program is designed to target middle school youth and address the gap in artistic development between elementary and high school.

Participants learn collectively with a focus on independent thinking, building self-esteem, and strengthening self-respect. Museum staff, program leaders, interns, and teaching artists lead the program, offering children an oasis of positive support and encouragement.

Applications are now available on the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum website for rising sixth-graders to complete. The deadline for applications is May 1. Questions about the Art & Leadership program can be sent to

The Art & Leadership Program is generously funded by Century Bank, Kappa Delta Foundation, New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.


For media inquiries, contact:

Renee Lucero | Public Relations Manager 505-946-1063

ABOUT THE GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM: Since 1997, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum celebrates the art, life, and independent spirit of Georgia O’Keeffe. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Georgia O’Keeffe lived the final decades of her life, the O’Keeffe has sites and experiences in two historic destinations, Santa Fe and Abiquiú. For more information, please visit

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