Equal Justice Residents

Equal Justice Residency


We cultivate creative leadership and invest in community, culture, and place to re-imagine a more equitable world.


We are artists, innovative thinkers, and engaged citizens working at the intersection of the arts and social justice. We believe in artists as leaders and catalysts to effect positive social change. We look for local solutions to pressing global issues and we support creative practice by providing opportunities for experimentation, personal expression, and critical dialogue.


From September 2017 through August 2018, SFAI will bring together over 80 Equal Justice Residents to Santa Fe. These artists, creative practitioners, and content experts from all over the world will explore how art can be used to engage systems of power and transform systems of structural oppression.

This melding of artistic practice, expertise, and activism builds  community, critical dialogue, and radical imagination. Each artist and collective has proposed specific projects of focus. For instance, Brazilian artist Eva Rocha will address sex trafficking via interactive sculpture and installations; Testify is a team of Canadian indigenous artists and lawyers working together to facilitate restorative justice; and Jackie Munro of La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe will guide participants of La Familia’s opioid rehabilitation program to tell their stories of recovery through photography.

The Family Residency in July 2018 is part of the Equal Justice theme, for which applications are now closed. Visit the Family Residency Initiative page for additional family residency opportunities. 


With “Equal Justice” in Fall of 2017, we awarded 80 residencies to artists of all disciplines, as well as content experts across other fields of creative inquiry, free of charge to them. Our initiative to sponsor residency fees is a direct response to a global rise in intolerance and division, and the important need for institutions like SFAI to foster social equity and critical dialogue. We know you believe in the power of creativity, and we need your support to re-imagine a more equitable world.

100% of your gift supports deserving artists committed to Equal Justice. Today is the day to show your commitment to creativity & social justice!


One day of an artist’s housing
One week of an artist’s transportation
One week of an artist’s foodstuffs
One week of an artist’s housing
One monthly event
One month of an artist’s housing
One SFAI140 event
One month of an artist’s housing, studio, and food
One year of Equal Justice public events


SFAI fulfills our mission through our artist residency and fellowship programs, workshops and trainings, community projects, and  events. Much of our programming relates to an annual theme, which is a relevant social issue such as food justice, immigration, water rights, and equal justice.


Since 1985, SFAI has hosted over 1250 residents, including over 400 international and 180 local residents. Our residency program offers a responsive environment for artists and interdisciplinary creative practitioners to explore their work and its impact. SFAI alumni include Richard Diebenkorn, John Baldessari, Coco Fusco, Susan Rothenberg, Postcommodity, Helen Frankenthaler, Guillermo Gómez Peña, Judy Chicago, and Erika Harrsch.


SFAI’s programming brings people together to explore new ideas, encourage critical dialogue, and to collaboratively achieve social impact. Events include the celebrated SFAI140-an evening of 20 inspired talks & performances of 140 seconds each- and monthly performances, exhibitions, and conversations.


SFAI offers workshops to community members to connect with, and to learn from our residents. They include hands-on skill building, participatory community actions, and professional development tools for artists. Each year, we develop a community art project based on the thematic investigation and local needs.

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