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How can SFAI cultivate creative practices (from fine art to design to urban planning and beyond), engage with diverse communities and address the most pressing social issues of our time?


SFAI 140: July 24th, 2014 at 7PM

Please arrive early. Space is limited.

Jonathan Batkin- Executive Director, Wheelwright Museum
Hakim Bellamy – Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Josh Blackwell – SFAI Artist in Residence
Corvas Brinkerhoff – Co-founder, Meow Wolf
Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz – Cultural Worker / Documentary Artist
Ross Chaney – Economic Development Specialist
Chung Wen-yin – SFAI Artist in Residence / Taiwan Ministry of Culture Fellow
Cyndi Conn – Executive Director of Creative Santa Fe
Stephanie Diamond – SFAI Artist in Residence
Ted Harrison – President, Commonwealth Conservancy
Ian Kimmerly – SFAI Artist in Residence
Daryl Lucero – MA Candidate, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria
Duane McDiarmid – SFAI Artist in Residence
Cristin McKnight Sethi – Art Historian, UC Berkeley / Philadelphia Museum of Art
Roger Montoya – Director, Moving Arts Espanola
Kymberly Pinder – Dean of the College of Fine Arts UNM
Mimi Roberts – Director for Media Projects, NM Department of Cultural Affairs
Rocio Saenz – SFAI Artist in Residence
Francisco Uvina – Lecturer, School Of Architecture and Planning UNM
Jerry Wellman / Matthew Chase-Daniel – Founders, Axel Contemporary

SFAI 140 is an evening of creativity and conversation featuring 20 short talks by some of the area’s most innovative thinkers and practitioners. It is a quarterly event in which artists, members of the community and leaders of cultural organizations discuss ideas and projects in lightning-fast presentations: 20 speakers each with seven slides at 20 seconds per slide (for a total of 140 seconds). The impetus behind SFAI 140 is to create a dynamic, engaged evening where SFAI’s gifted artists-in-residence talk about their work alongside dedicated members of the Santa Fe community.

We asked ourselves: instead of having lengthy, monographic talks by one or two individuals, could we offer just a taste—an amuse bouche—to inspire and create a spark for further, more in-depth conversations? The point is, you’re never going to understand the total depth of someone’s practice. What SFAI 140 gives the audience is a taste.

While the format for SFAI 140 may seem quick, one hundred and forty seconds can actually be a really long time, a profound amount of time in fact. In 140 seconds one can create a tremendous impact and drive change. The Arab Spring came about as a result of people expressing their passions and frustrations in 140 characters, President Lincoln spoke his 272-word Gettysburg Address in a little under 140 seconds. As SFAI 140 reveals, time doesn’t limit seminal ideas and their impact.



We are  pleased to present the inaugural SFAI Design Workshop 2014 for local high school aged youth. At its core, this six-week design/build summer intensive will explore the question of how we can work collaboratively to change the world. Participants will become acquainted with a local organization that has a clearly identified need, and will experience how their own creativity and critical thinking can play a vital role in providing tangible solutions. SFAI Design Workshop 2014 will expose participants to the design studio, and to fundamental concepts of design thinking such as empathy, discovery, interpretation, and experimentation. SFAI Design Workshop 2014 will run from June 9 through July 17, 2014, Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 am to 4 pm. We encourage local youth currently in 9th, 10th, and  11th grade to apply. No prior design or construction experience is required. We are looking for passion, guts, creative energy, and commitment. Cost for the entire program is $1545. Financial aid will be awarded based on need, and applicants must be able to attend the workshop in its entirety. Apply for SFAI Design Workshop 2014. Questions? Check out our FAQs.