MSA's special focus program is Studio In The Elementary School (SITES.) While the SITES studio is located within the school, the program operates independently to deliver artist designed and led arts activities and instruction. Through the SITES program, children discover and explore the complexity of art-making in many forms and, most importantly, experience the joy of making art.
Founded in 2005, SITES provides high quality visual arts programming for Marfa's elementary schoolchildren ages Pre-K through sixth grade. Art projects at each grade level are aligned with Texas curriculum guidelines known as "TEKS"
(Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and are designed to support the creative, intellectual and emotional development of students.
Each year, all SITES students have the opportunity to visit local galleries and art institutions including Ballroom Marfa, Ayn Foundation, and the Judd and Chinati Foundations. Exposure to these world renowned exhibitions and art collections broadens the students' awareness of art, architecture, and
design. It simultaneously introduces them to important art resources located within their own community.
Many art activities and projects are developed and led by
professional artists from the community. Through their interaction with the SlTES artists, children learn to see art in a new way. They get to observe and appreciate the process of making art while gaining the skills necessary to successfully complete projects of their own.