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BLOG: Time Moves On and Change is Constant

Time moves on and change is constant. Reflecting on the city’s growth and urban development, I think back on the time when I was a child. I grew up north of Santa Fe. I saw the town as a special place built for people to enjoy.  I recall those days that our family walked around […]

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Blog: Imagining an Ancient Western

When I first came to SFAI’s Truth & Reconciliation Residency to learn about the local history and write my film essay Muntu Child, I wasn’t fully aware — perhaps due to my fascination for the unfamiliar landscape —that New Mexico was the wild wild west of the old Hollywood films. The films that helped create […]

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Blog: May you live in interesting times

“May you live in interesting times…” I’ve always found that saying to be strangely provocative –purportedly a curse, it has always seemed to me to be a challenge to engage with rather than a curse under which to cower. We are certainly living in interesting times! W.H. Auden said that “Poetry (and by extension, Art) […]

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Blog: Art & Social Engagement

Image: Varuni Kanagasundaram  In anticipation of the upcoming launch of the 2019 Story Maps Fellowship program and SFAI’s Platform event on Feb. 22, Toni and Winoka sat down to discuss the positive impacts and challenges of making art in response to social issues and in collaboration with community. TG: Maybe we can start with what […]

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Blog: The Paradox of Creativity

It was unexpectedly fitting that on the last evening of my residency at SFAI, I met artist and historian Nell Painter and took part in a panel discussion with her and other residents about making art and maintaining resilience in the art world. Dr. Painter’s highly acclaimed book, Old in Art School, lifts this veil […]

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Blog: Buffalo Fire Women Project

“Grandma’s Pottery,” photo taken and titled by Tasha Nelson, Santa Clara Pueblo In March 2017, I received a letter from the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, asking me to sign a “Grant Agreement.” I had to read it twice or more to realize what it meant, and even then I still could not believe it was […]

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Blog: A Note from the Director

Sometimes current events, even local events, can feel massively abstract, and their reverberations in our lives can feel tiny, inconsequential. And sometimes events, though thousands of miles away, can feel devastatingly relevant and even heartbreaking. As I write this, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a Senate vote of 50-48. Though this […]

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BLOG: Intentional Algorithms

For the past 4 years, I have been on an incredible journey that started with a quest to befriend a social humanoid robot that mimics my identity. My relationship with the robot led to years of thinking about artificial intelligence (AI) as it relates to the future of people of color and non-dominant cultures in […]

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BLOG: “… With liberty and justice for all.”

The two words, equal and justice, that form SFAI’s thematic residency are abstractions that are foreign to me. They float in the clouds. I see them but I can’t quite reach them. “They are floaties!” as my dear friend Jimena would call them. Where to start? How do I define?  How do I enter such […]

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