STEMarts International

What we do

STEMarts International is an international youth exchange program that facilitates communication and collaboration between youth leaders around the world to encourage intercultural respect, creative expression and scientific-artistic-humanistic literacy. We connect students (ages 14-29) in New Mexico with classrooms in participating countries through classroom workshops, community bootcamps, virtual and in person trainings. Students become STEMarts Ambassadors to contribute to and become part of a sci-art installation as part of art and science festivals around the world.

Our first sci-art installation is called Space Messengers, and launched in the Spring 2021 with a classroom in Taos and Oeiras, Portugal. Students were paired with their team in the partner country and met in weekly sessions with the Space Messengers artists and interdisciplinary experts to learn, discuss and share what they created during the week through the hands-on STEAM activities designed for the project and led by their teachers. Subsequent classroom exchanges took place in 2022-23 with schools in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Guadalajara.

In this classroom program we work closely with the classroom teachers to help guide the students through the program and in the process, teachers receive training, stipends and certification which provides opportunities to lead their own international workshops and serve as mentors to new teachers. The STEMarts Curriculum Tool platform contains all the workshop videos, lesson guides, standard alignments and resources to create a classroom project.

We have since expanded access to the STEMarts International program through our STEMarts Ambassador program. This program allows youth leaders ages 14-29 to join, receive training and become part of the Space Messengers team through out-of-school opportunities.

Why it matters

It is more urgent than ever for our youth to be informed and inspired to respond to the complex challenges of the 21st century with empathy and humanity. Students develop artistic, scientific and humanistic literacy in collaboration with students from diverse geo-cultural backgrounds to expand their identities as creative and informed planetary citizens.


Develop interpersonal communication and ambassador skills through an international collaboration.

Learn about cutting edge science and environmental/space policies to develop scientific literacy.

Expand understanding of our connection to nature and the universe to develop environmental stewardship.

Develop new media art/digital communication skills to prepare yourself for the 21st century workspace.

Understand and learn to create participatory art informed by science to share with your community.

Collaborate with students from other countries and develop intercultural understanding and respect.

Have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeship and ambassador programs.

Become part of a collaborative international sci-art installation that will tour the world!


Offer an exciting real world activity for your students that is easy to implement and aligned with the standards.

Develop partnerships with teachers in different countries to share ideas.

Become a certified STEMarts International teacher and receive stipends to participate in more exchanges.

Space Messengers is made possible in part by the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni; an opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Partners of the Americas. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts

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