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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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BLOG: Disability is Diversity

When I think about last year the word that comes to mind is exhausting. I am the Executive Director of a nonprofit, Backbones, serving people with disabilities; I was putting together a disability film festival; and, I was trying to do some art stuff – you know, working and living! On top of that, with […]

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BLOG: A Drop in the Bucket

Equal Justice is an unattainable goal. This is especially true in India, a swathe of land that is too large and populated to be effectively managed as one nation — a bit like the United States, only more diverse and far less organized. To achieve justice for one party, you invariably step on the toes […]

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BLOG: Art, Design & Optimism

Photo By: Kate Russell Photography I am heartened and exhilarated about my appointment as the Chair of the Board of Trustees here at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI). I believe it is a pivotal time to support the vision of this amazing organization, which is strategically positioned to be an internationally recognized center, addressing […]

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BLOG: My Existence is My Resistance

Photo By: Winoka Begay, Location: Shiprock, New Mexico, Title: “Change begins with the people, not the politicians” By Winoka R. Begay, MA “The fact is, not everyone shares the philosophy that shouting out loud is the best way to solve problems. Not all compassionate, caring people think burning cities or throwing rocks is going to bring […]

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SFAI Blog: The Radical Experiment We Call a Residency

  Centered on a courtyard with cerulean walls that seamlessly flow into an unobstructed view of the sky, SFAI’s unique building reminds me in many ways of a big, beautiful petri dish. Inside, ideas and actions incubate with limitless potential among the flux of remarkable people living and creating within its walls. While SFAI does […]

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