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Holiday Open House

Join Us for Our Holiday Open House and Special Performance by SFAI Revolution Resident Kamara Thomas + Band of Toughs


December 9, 2022


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Santa Fe Art Institute + Google Map
1600 St Michaels Drive, Building #31
Santa Fe, NM 87505 United States

Kamara + Band of Toughs’ site-specific, musical storytelling performance starts at 6:30. We will have nosh, warm drinks, and art for purchase by local artists.

Explore the building, learn about our programs, and catch up with friends.

Proof of vaccination required.


Kamara Thomas will present a site-specific installment of her musical storywork “Tularosa: An American Dreamtime”, which interrogates the American mythologies that underpin collective identity. Kamara will collaborate with theater company Band of Toughs to create a multidisciplinary performance that travels throughout various indoor and outdoor spaces on the SFAI campus, featuring music, theatre, video, photography and archival material.

Kamara’s collaborators for this performance include Janet Mylott, Colleen Mylott, Michael Gunst, David Ortolano and Michael Sater of Band of Toughs theater company (Boulder, CO), plus local New Mexico artists Calixte Raifsneider, Laura Yu Hu, Marek Montoya, Anaid Garcia and Doza.


Kamara Thomas is a singer, songspeller, mythology fanatic and multidisciplinary storyteller based in Durham, NC. She is currently developing “Tularosa: An American Dreamtime” in collaboration with the Boulder, CO-based theater company Band of Toughs. Based on her 2022 eponymous album and song-cycle, the staged storywork interrogates the mythology of the American West as it seeks to unearth, reinvent and heal the American mythologies that underpin collective cultural identity. The storywork will be the final, integrative installment of a series of experimental, multidisciplinary works including #9 – a pandemic performance for nine social-distancers (2020), the videos Good Luck America (2018) and Oh Gallows (2016), and Soapbox (2018), a community-based agitprop performance that traveled throughout public spaces in downtown Durham.

Photo by Anaid Garcia