Water Rights SFAI140: 1 Night, 20 Talks & Performances, 140 Seconds Each


Join us as we kick off our Water Rights programming with a themed SFAI140!  SFAI140 is an event unlike any other: 1 night, 20 inspiring talks & performances, 140 seconds each. With twenty speakers in one evening, the energy and ideas shared are electric.

Join us as all of our SFAI 140 presenters respond to our current theme of Water Rights. SFAI140 presenters distill their work, values, mission, & organizations into their essential form: 7 slides delivered in 140 seconds. The results, times 20, are remarkable. As SFAI 140 reveals, time doesn’t limit seminal ideas and their impact. Come make connections, witness incredible work, and leave inspired. SFAI located on the western end of the Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michaels Dr.

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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.  New Mexico is rich in its relationship to water- a position created over a long history of corporate, environmental, political, and multicultural claims to this essential resource.

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 to our water systems? How can diverse practices, from poetic to practical to political, create greater access to these and other parallel resources?

SFAI looks forward to bringing together dynamic creative thinkers, artists, designers, educators, policy makers, poets, architects, journalists, and activists to focus on ways that we can address inherent inequalities relating to water rights and create new ways of thinking about the use and misuse of this essential substance. Join us as we focus on this impactful issue that transcends social, cultural, and economic boundaries.

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