The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) implements yearlong thematic programing that addresses pertinent questions facing diverse local and global communities. By hosting residencies for creative practitioners, fostering partnerships with cultural and educational organizations, and integrating social entrepreneurship incubators and design/build workshops, SFAI aspires to transform Santa Fe into a hub for positive social change that reflects the greatest needs of our time.
SFAI is pleased to announce Equal Justice as its next residency and programmatic theme. SFAI believes deeply in the transformative power of art and design to provide creative solutions to complex problems. We are committed to employing the arts to promote greater equity, sustainability, and interconnectedness. We support artists, designers, and innovative thinkers who seek collective, creative action to bring awareness to the root causes of injustice and to drive systemic change.
Equal Justice at SFAI will explore and address systemic and structural issues of social inequity, both historically and in contemporary society. Equal Justice is often thought to be the basis of democratic society–yet as democracy has developed around the world, there are many governmental, societal, and trade barriers to equality such as segregation, racial profiling, gender discrimination, xenophobic policies, mass incarceration, and forced cultural assimilation. We ask, how can an exploration of true equal justice and democracy through the arts lead to an international dialogue?
SFAI conducts an annual, competitive selection process for residencies that is primarily based on the applicant’s ability to creatively and critically engage with the encompassing theme of the residency season for which they are applying. While seeking to cultivate creative practices, engage with diverse communities, and address pressing social issues, the selection focuses on the conceptual rigor of the applicant, their desire for community engagement, the quality of their past work, and their potential to sustain productive residency at SFAI. The selection committees are comprised of local stakeholders who are creatively invested in the annual theme, from artists to activists, policy makers and curators.
SFAI supports over 60 residents per year and offers an integrated environment that creates the ideal working conditions for residents to explore alternative models, narratives, projects, and interventions.
Beginning with the Equal Justice thematic year in Fall 2017, we will award up to 60 sponsored residencies to local, national, and international artists 25 years old and up of all disciplines as well as content experts across other fields of creative inquiry. Our hope is that the subsidization of residency fees will broaden accessibility to the residency experience and increase collective knowledge about the annual theme. We seek to increase collective knowledge about each annual theme by bringing together artists with other innovators in disciplines such as architecture, planning, policy, education, science, health, law, and activism. We strategically integrate artistic experimentation, scholarship, and community engagement through collaborative research and works that transcend the limits of traditional disciplines and create new forms, narratives, and approaches to address the central issues of our time.
The length of residencies varies from one month minimum to three months maximum. Residencies are not available during the month of December. Residency and program themes run from September through July.