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Check out our Amazing Youth Education and Outreach Programs!

The SFAI has a bunch of great stuff going this summer for Santa Fe’s youth!

Check them all out below…

Hip-Hop Mentorship and Project Murals

Mentorship kids holiding up their work

SFAI holds hip-hop & mural project mentorship’s every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Santa Fe Art Institute.  Participants will learn Hip-Hop culture, the basics of graffiti and will get a chance to paint on free walls. Youth will also have the opportunity to be involved in the brainstorming process for the concept as well as the painting of murals that are part of SFAI’s youth mural project.  If you are interested in being involved please call 505-424-5050.

DeVargas Skate Park

This project, part of our ongoing mentored youth mural program curbs illegal tagging in the park and sends a message that the city cares about its youth and their creative engagement.  The Santa Fe Art Institute has been working for years to see this project through. It could not have become a reality without the generous support of Mayor David Coss, Councilman Chris Calvert, Will Schmitt and Fabian Chavez and the Parks Department.  SFAI and many community youth created a gorgeous underwater scene inspired by the nearby Santa Fe River. Muralists included skaters, participants in SFAI’s mentorship program, residents from the LOP Emergency Youth Shelter and community members simply passing by while the mural was in production. In SFAI’s ongoing mentored youth mural project, youth work with adult mentors learning how to create public art that adds to the vibrancy of Santa Fe. Unlike a permanent mural, many young people will have the opportunity to fully express their creative visions through the ever changing and evolving imagery of the skate bowl.

Hopewell Performance & Production

The Santa Fe Art Institute and El Centro Comunitario worked together over the past year to provide weekly workshops for the women and children of the Hopewell community. Internationally known Brazilian artists Jonatas Rodrigues dos Santos and Everaldo da Silva Costa spent six weeks with Hopewell community members to create a beautiful landscape mural on the exterior surface of the building.  A very unique hand carved multimedia sculpture with a functioning swing was installed in the front yard of El Centro as well, which has become an important symbol in the neighborhood.  Teaching artist, Chrissie Orr, Soledad Santiago and SFAI artists presented workshops exploring visual arts, prose and poetry that fostered involvement from the neighborhood, discovering the new story for the Hopewell community. The creative writing and visual art that emerged out of these workshops will be published by SFAI in a book, “Suenos Americanos”, to be released this fall.  These workshops have also helped to contextualize the culturally complex memories, hopes, dreams and stories of local residents.  The expressive writings were presented to the community in a production that was also accompanied by music from local artists.  SFAI artists involved in the production are Deanne Brown, Guadalupe “Perish” Vargas and Lisa Donahue.  The relationship between SFAI and the Hopewell community is ongoing.

Housing Trust Mural

part of the Housing Trust mural

Guadalupe “Perish” Vargas and the Santa Fe Art Institute youth mural team created a large mural at the New Mexico Community Housing Trust.  Youth that have participated for years in SFAI’s mentorship program, who have now graduated from high school, are taking leadership roles by lending their artistic talents and mentoring younger participants.  The mural progresses from the pueblos to a modern adobe house.  The connection between the two is agriculture. Depictions of the three sisters, maize, bean, and squash are illustrated throughout the mural.  The message is, “for us to progress we must stay connected to the earth.” The end of the wall will be a free wall for the youth to come and paint as they please.

Franklin Miles Skate Park

The Franklin Miles Skate Park will be transformed by another Santa Fe Art Institute youth mural project under the direction of artist-mentor, Guadalupe “Perish” Vargas.  SFAI holds hip-hop & mural project mentorship’s every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Santa Fe Art Institute, where youth will have the opportunity to be involved in the brainstorming process for the concept as well as the painting of this and other murals.  If you are interested in being involved please call 505-424-5050.

Audio Revolution!

This two-week workshop, August 2-13 (Monday-Friday) 10am-4pm, is a collaboration of the Santa Fe Art Institute, Youth Media Project, and the College of Santa Fe.  With the introduction to tools of multimedia production, participants will develop skills in creating personal narratives, community interviewing, digital recording and editing.  Students will record their own voices, spoken work pieces and songs for online and radio audiences.  Ideal for students ages 15-25, $250.00.  We do have SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE.

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