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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 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?

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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?

For more information about applying for a residency or how your organization can engage as a community partner, email the Residency Program Manager at  residency@sfai.org, or call 505.424.5050.

ABOUT SFAI

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.

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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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