What is FACT?
Fine Arts for Children & Teens (FACT) is an award-winning Santa Fe, New Mexico-based nonprofit organization that provides innovative visual-arts classes to young people ages five to 18 in northern New Mexico.
What does FACT do?
FACT provides visual-arts classes to young people ages five to 18 at our ARTbarn Community Studio, Zona del Sol Community Studio and through public school and community outreach programs. We offer artmaking classes to all children and teens, regardless of financial circumstances, and emphasize bringing these opportunities to underserved, at-risk youth who otherwise might not have access to arts learning. FACT's professional development workshops help teachers integrate art into their classrooms.
How do I find out about FACT programs?
FACT offers artmaking classes at our ARTbarn Community Studio, Zona del Sol Community Studio, in the public schools, and through community outreach programs. We are always making art at our year-round ARTbarn and Zona del Sol programs for young people ages five to 18. During the academic year, we bring arts learning to public elementary schools through in-school ARTreach and after-school ARTclub, and we provide additional professional development for teachers through our ARTteach program. We also collaborate with a variety of community partners.
View our current calendar of events and programs
Are FACT programs available to students outside the public schools?
FACT programs are open to the public at our ARTbarn Community Studio and Zona del Sol Community Studio, where we offer year-round visual-arts classes to young people ages five to 18. We welcome all students with an interest in art to these fee-based classes, and we find a way to include everyone, regardless of financial circumstances. We also offer artmaking classes to the public through some of our community partners.
View our current calendar of events and programs
How does FACT benefit kids?
FACT inspires young people to take pride in making their own creative choices. Students learn positive communication, problem solving, literacy, and lifelong learning skills through making art. Research* shows that involvement in the arts improves academic performance; enhances cooperation skills; decreases delinquency; demands that young people take a high level of responsibility for risks and consequences; and narrows the education gaps between at-risk youth and their less-troubled counterparts, with the most dramatic results found among students with low socioeconomic status.
Champions of Change, Impact of the Arts, 1999,
Arts Education Partnership and others
What does FACT do for teachers?
FACT brings visual-arts classes into the public schools and works with classroom teachers to positively integrate art into their academic curricula. Our instructors go into schools to provide hands-on ARTreach lessons for children and ARTteach training workshops for teachers. We give educators access to resources, materials, lesson plans, and the arts-education experience of our staff.
We also bring kids to school: Attendance records from our partnership schools indicate lower absenteeism among students participating in FACT programs.
How can I enroll my child in a FACT class?
ARTbarn and Zona del Sol classes are open to the public year-round. Take a look at our calendar (View our current calendar of events and programs
), then contact FACT by phone or e-mail, or come visit us. You can access ARTbarn and Zona del Sol registration and scholarship forms below.
How much does a FACT class at the ARTbarn or Zona del Sol cost?
The cost of all ARTbarn and Zona del Sol Community Studio classes is sliding scale based on family size and income. No child will be turned away based on a family's inability to pay. Need-based scholarships are flexible and determined on a case-by-case basis.
Our bottom line is that we welcome all young people with an interest in art, and we find a way to include all students, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Where is FACT?
FACT offices and ARTbarn Community Studio
1516 Pacheco Street, Santa Fe, NM
Part of the Pink Church Arts Center, we're located on Pacheco Street between San Mateo and Alta Vista. Our ARTbarn Community Studio is the building in the back with the big blue doors.
Zona del Sol Community Studio
Our Zona del Sol Community Studio is a part of the Zona del Sol Youth and Family Center, located on the Southside of town, at the corner of Jaguar Drive and Country Club Road. It is just across the street from the Southside Public Library. We share the building with Earth Care - our studio is located on the end of the building closest to the parking lot.
Fine Arts for Children & Teens (FACT)
Post Office Box 22363
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Phone, Fax & E-mail
phone: 505 992 2787
fax: 505 992 2772
How can I get FACT in my or my child's school?
If you're interested in having FACT at your or your child's school, speak with your principal about partnering with us.