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Focus on Youth 2023

Albuquerque Museum and Albuquerque Public Schools exhibition of photography and film is held annually in May.

PHOTO: Nora Vanesky 2022


On view May 6–June 4, 2023

Isaiah Sisneros Swim

Isaiah Sisneros, 12th Grade, Sandia High School, You're OK Now


Focus on Youth Open Lens logo 2022   Albuquerque Public Schools logo

Focus on Youth is a partnership between Albuquerque Museum and the Albuquerque Public Schools Fine Arts Department. With additional support from the APS Education Foundation.

Details subject to change.

Focus on Youth is an annual exhibition of photographs and films created by high school students from the Albuquerque Public Schools.  This year’s exhibition includes nearly 100 photographs and short films, reflecting mastery across a range of techniques including silver print, digital and special techniques in photography, art books and digital film.   The works in the exhibition are submitted by art teachers to be juried into the show by professional photographers. Juried works are then matted and framed by a team of art teachers and students.  The work is then transported to the Museum where the staff design and install the exhibition.  


The exhibition is part of a multi decade partnership between the Albuquerque Public Schools Fine Arts Department and Albuquerque Museum to highlight the creativity and insights of youth photographers and filmmakers.  Through this partnership, students are provided with a rare opportunity to exhibit their works in a museum.

  • Outstanding work and I am a superintendent of schools from CT with a great art department.
  • So good to see! Pretty incredible talent we have here in New Mexico. A lot of wisdom too.
  • I love this exhibition because I get to see the art of the people I know who are my age. It is so inspiring to see this beautiful work and this may be one of my favorite exhibitions ever!
  • This exhibit is a tribute to our youth and their artistic ability which is fostered by our educators of the Arts…
  • Thanks to the schools that provided these young people with the opportunity to experience their Creative abilities.
  • LOVE this exhibit. The work is incredible and seems beyond “student” level. Very impressive all around. The students should be so proud.


New Mexico PBS ¡COLORES! “Showing my eyes to the world”

The 2021 Focus on Youth exhibition showcased the creativity and insights of Albuquerque High School Photographers.