SFAI SPONSORED RESIDENCY PROGRAM TO LAUNCH WITH EQUAL JUSTICE: APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 12, 2017
Beginning with “Equal Justice” in Fall of 2017, SFAI will award up to 60 sponsored residencies to artists of all disciplines as well as content experts across other fields of creative inquiry. This initiative to sponsor residency fees is a direct response to a global rise in intolerance and division, and the increasingly critical role for institutions like SFAI to foster social equity.
We seek to broaden accessibility to the residency experience and 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.
Together, we can cultivate creative leadership and invest in community, culture, and place to re-imagine a more equitable world. The new application deadline is February 12, 2017, and is available here.
ABOUT OUR SPONSORED RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Through the sponsored thematic residency, SFAI offers living and working space for one to three months in our beautiful, Ricardo Legorreta-designed building within Santa Fe. Each residency includes a fully furnished, private apartment and bath, communal kitchen, dining, and living room areas, laundry facilities, gallery / installation / event space, access to outdoor spaces and interior courtyards, a contemporary art library, basic foodstuffs, and bicycle access. SFAI subsidizes all the above at no cost to residents in our commitment to supporting individuals dedicated to positive social change through creativity.
EQUAL JUSTICE THEME
From September 2017 through July 2018, SFAI programming will explore the following questions within the context of Equal Justice:
- How can art be used to engage systems of power and foster social and racial equity?
- How can community action creatively address accountability and responsibility for equal justice within legal, financial, and social systems?
- How can creative practices bear witness and give testimony to those who suffer injustice, and in the process help to transform systems of structural oppression?
Please read the instructions below and refer to the Residency Information page before beginning your application. SFAI uses an online application process through Slideroom, available at this link. Mail and email applications are not accepted. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the application process.
You will be asked to provide:
Artist / Vision Statement: A brief description of your work.
Residency Proposal: A brief statement that outlines your goals and what you hope to achieve during your residency.
A current resume or CV.
Short narrative bio.
Two letters of recommendation (they are requested directly through the Slideroom application). Recommendations should come from two sources that are familiar with your work; former professors, colleagues, curators, museum directors, editors, publishers, etc.
Work sample (see below):
Support Materials: Please provide a combination of images, writing samples as PDF documents, videos, links to external media, etc. that demonstrate the quality of your work and the potential of your practice at SFAI.
Through Slideroom, SFAI charges a one time application fee of $35. This goes towards the online software to support this process, data storage, and a small juror stipend. Upon acceptance & before arrival at SFAI, a fully refundable $300 dollar studio & apartment security deposit is required for residents living on site. If a resident is not living on site, a fully refundable $150 studio deposit is required.
At SFAI, we are artists, innovative thinkers and engaged citizens. We cultivate creative leadership and invest in community, culture, and place to re-imagine a more equitable world.
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information about applying for a residency or how your organization can engage as a community partner, email the Residency Program Manager at email@example.com, or call 505.424.5050.
SFAI RESIDENCIES: SUPPORTING ARTISTS WHOSE WORK SUPPORTS THE WORLD
SFAI’s international Residency Program continues to grow and expand to serve the needs of artists, writers, architects, and creative practitioners of many different disciplines, in the support of innovative thinking and creative risk taking. By hosting residencies for creative practitioners, fostering partnerships with cultural and educational organizations, and integrating artistic and 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 implements yearlong thematic programing that addresses pertinent questions facing diverse regional and global communities. SFAI also offers fellowship programs with foundation and governmental partners, as well as special residency initiatives throughout the year. Each competitive selection process for residencies at SFAI is primarily based on the applicant’s ability to creatively and critically engage with the theme of the annual residency, or requirements of each particular fellowship or special initiative for which they are applying.
The selection focuses on the experience of the artist, the quality of their past work, and their potential to sustain productive residency at SFAI. The selection committee is comprised of successful artists, content experts, writers, community stakeholders and other creative professionals from Santa Fe and around the world.
SFAI supports more than 60 residents per year for creative practitioners from all over the world, and offers a cohesive, theme-focused creative environment and supportive working conditions. The overall physical layout of the residency space encourages daily interaction and fosters communication amongst residents.
RESIDENCY THEME 2017-2018 : EQUAL JUSTICE
The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is pleased to announce Equal Justice as its next residency and programmatic theme. SFAI believes deeply in the transformative power of art and working in community 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 lead to an international dialogue? How can art be used to engage systems of power and foster social equity? How can community action creatively address accountability and responsibility for equal justice within legal, financial, and social systems?
RESIDENCY THEME 2016-2017 : WATER RIGHTS
The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is pleased to announce Water Rights as its residency and programmatic theme. Northern New Mexico is comprised of many cultures that are distinct in their traditional and evolving relationship to water and water use. Additionally, New Mexico is at the forefront of water conservation, framed in the context of corporate, environmental, and cultural controversies. Because water is seen, now more than ever, as a contested resource, SFAI is committed to bringing together local, national, and global thinkers and creators to collectively expand and revise our knowledge of what we think we know about water rights. From September 2016 through June of 2017, SFAI and its community partners will explore several questions: How do we describe and define the contested space around water? If water use is often parallel to culture, how can cultural activities result in greater models of equity in our water systems? How can diverse practices, from poetic to practical to political, create greater access to these and other parallel resources?
RESIDENCY THEME 2015-2016 : IMMIGRATION / EMIGRATION
From September 2015 through May 2016, SFAI and its community partners exploreD several questions: Who immigrates/emigrates and why? How do the journeys of migrants contribute to who we are as a collective community? 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 emigration? How can SFAI cultivate participatory discourse between invested local stakeholders and creative practitioners that examines complexities and inequities in current and historic immigration systems in the United States?
RESIDENCY THEME 2014-2015 : FOOD JUSTICE
From July 2014 through June 2015, SFAI encouraged creative minds to come together and examine the territory of food justice. Together, we asked how can we use diverse creative practices to confront inherent social, cultural and economic problems in our food system? Further, we explored how can we bring together insights from creative fields, environmental sciences, sustainable agriculture, critical theory, and food studies to have local, national, and international impact.
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