An emerging collaboration of nine award-winning local and regional art, design, workforce development, and educational institutions, the Midtown Arts Alliance envisions Midtown Santa Fe as the heart of a vibrant arts ecosystem that moves beyond the gallery to support emerging media and art forms alongside traditional arts and culture.
We envision the Midtown Site as a model for revitalization based in artistic and design excellence and collaboration, with a collective mission to improve the lives of Santa Feans and Northern New Mexicans through art, design, education, workforce development, and entrepreneurship.
This is an exciting time for the arts in Santa Fe! Artists are breaking boundaries between art and activism, between traditional and contemporary, between conceptual and commercial practice, and between disciplines – and are exploring thrilling new genres using technology, performance art, social practice, and mixed-media.
All of this needs to be supported locally, in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, if Santa Fe is to remain an international arts center into the 21st century – and the Midtown Site is the perfect opportunity to bridge these many exciting disciplines and genres.
Partners in the Midtown Arts Alliance (MAA) include the Santa Fe Art Institute, MASS Design Group, YouthWorks, Make Santa Fe, Littleglobe, CENTER, Black Rock Editions, the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning and College of Fine Arts, and Creative Santa Fe. All of these organizations already provide excellent art, design, workforce development, and educational public programming to the Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico community. We believe that, through a shared vision and stronger collaboration, we can deepen our collective positive impact in the community.
SFAI and the Midtown Arts Alliance submitted a proposal to the City on October 31, for use of the Visual Arts Center buildings to help accomplish our vision for the 21st Century! We view this as a unique and unprecedented opportunity for a strong consortium of award-winning, established, and respected local and regional institutions to demonstrate the impact that art, creativity and higher education can have to accomplish the City’s goals for Santa Fe and the Midtown Campus. We will provide more information as the RFEI process unfolds.