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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?



Call For Proposals – SFAI Thematic Residency 2015 – 2016: Immigration/Emigration

The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) implements yearlong thematic programing that addresses pertinent questions facing diverse regional and global communities. By hosting residencies for creative practitioners, fostering partnerships with regional cultural and educational organizations, and integrating social entrepreneurial and education initiatives, SFAI aspires to transform Santa Fe into a hub for positive social change that reflects the greatest needs of our times.

SFAI is pleased to announce Immigration/Migration as its next residency and programmatic theme.  From September 2015 through May of 2016, SFAI and its community partners will explore several questions:

Who immigrates and why? How does the journey of migrants contribute to who we are? What happens when diverse communities come together with local and global advocates, activists, and policy makers to explore alternative models, narratives, projects, and interventions relating to the complex terrain of immigration and migration? How can SFAI cultivate participatory discourse between invested local stakeholders and creative practitioners that examines complexities and inequities in current and historic immigration systems?

Please join SFAI as we focus on this impactful issue that transcends social, cultural, and economic boundaries. The current deadline for residency applications is January 22, 2015

Conversations @ SFAI

SFAI is committed to providing a space in which we can explore and discuss complex issues that affect our community. Please join us as we launch a series of participatory conversations around creativity, critical engagement, education, and social justice.

SFAI is currently focused on the theme of Food Justice in residency and in programming. Together, we are asking how can we use diverse creative practices to confront inherent social, cultural and economic problems in our food system? With this in mind, our first conversation on education will address the ongoing debate surrounding projects like Edible Schoolyard, which attempt to actively engage K-12 students in the food cycle through hands-on learning and applied academics.


SFAI 140: Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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.