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In 2025, SFAI celebrates our 40th anniversary and centers our 10th Anniversary of the International Thematic Residency program with the theme, Community of Practice. Over the past nine years, the residency program has brought more than 500 creative practitioners to engage, collaborate and create works around themes of Food Justice, Immigration/Emigration, Water Rights, Equal Justice, Truth & Reconciliation, Labor, Revolution, Changing Climate and Sovereignty.

Through the process of collective learning and artistic experimentation, SFAI’s 2025 Community of Practice theme transcends geographical boundaries to come together around shared values of critical inquiry and cultural exchange. Reaching out to their own communities of practice, SFAI alumni will nominate a creative practitioner and/or apply themselves to join our 2025 Community of Practice.

With the Community of Practice theme, we ask applicants to consider:

  • How can Communities of Practice model equitable, on-the-ground practices for artistic engagement to address social issues and work toward liberation?
  • How does a Community of Practice address social justice issues in the context of fragmented worldviews and ideologies?
  • How do Communities of Practice work together to transcend disciplines, encourage risk-taking and experimentation, and share individual, collective and ancestral knowledge?

SFAI and our jurors will select up to 50 residents in 2025 who will form their own unique communities of practice. While this remains a self-directed residency program, we will ask residents to work together and with SFAI staff to host or sponsor a program activity, event and/or exhibition within the local Santa Fe community while in residence. All residents will be provided a $500 stipend.

Questions, please contact Pauline Kanako Kamiyama at

Residency Fees

All fees are waived for the 2025 International Thematic Residency program.

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In contrast to our typical open call, and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of SFAI’s International Thematic Residency, the 2025 Community of Practice Residency is by nomination only. All 500+ thematic alumni were invited to nominate an artist, or to apply themselves to return to SFAI.


All 2025 Community of Practice Residents will receive a $500 stipend.

Creative Access Fellowship

Thanks to support from the Craig H. Nielsen Foundation, SFAI is thrilled to re-instate our Creative Access Fellowship program, offering 2-4 week fellowships to up to four (4) artists with spinal cord injuries who are selected for the 2025 Community of Practice thematic residency program. The Creative Access Fellowship includes a $1,000 stipend to each selected artist as well as an extra room for a personal care assistant (PCA) and a $1,000 travel stipend for the PCA, if needed. Please contact the Operations Director, Pauline Kamiyama, at if you are considering applying to this Fellowship program, to discuss eligibility and information about our accessibility features at SFAI.

2025 Community of Practice Residents:  To Be Announced August/September 2024!

Community of Practice Selection Panel

We are honored to have the participation of the following esteemed artists, thinkers, academics, and practitioners as jurors for the 2025 Community of Practice International Thematic Residency.

Community of Practice Juror

Quenna Lené Barrett

Quenna Lené Barrett (EdD) is a Chicago-based theater artist + practitioner, whose work gathers folks of diverse backgrounds, centers marginalized identities, learns from Black radical wisdom, and then dreams collectively to act boldly through those learnings. Quenna is a director, performer, facilitator, and writer, specializing in devised and social justice theater. She is an Associate Professor of Applied Theatre at Governors State University, and was an SFAI Equal Justice Residence where she began the initial research and prototyping of the participatory play, Re-Writing the Declaration.

Community of Practice Juror

Harrell Fletcher

Harrell Fletcher is an artist and writer living in Portland, Oregon. He has been making socially engaged art projects for over twenty-five years.

Community of Practice Juror

John Paul “JP” Granillo

John Paul Granillo is a Chicano artist whose work is displayed in galleries, museums and in public spaces throughout Santa Fe. Art became his savior during 10 years in prison, when he decided to transform himself and forge community connections and healing through art. Upon release, Granillo co-founded the Alas de Agua Art Collective and Full Circle Farm, which each providing unique opportunities to low-opportunity teenagers. He is currently the Chief of Operations at Santa Fe Youthworks, has worked as a teaching artist in schools across Santa Fe, serves as a board member for various nonprofits, and is a member of the Santa Fe’s Charter Review Commission.

Community of Practice Juror

Amal Khalaf

Amal Khalaf is a curator and artist who serves as Director of Programmes at Cubitt (2019–present) and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries (2009–present), both in London. Here and in other contexts she has developed residencies, exhibitions, and collaborative research projects at the intersection of arts and social justice. Recent projects at the Serpentine include Support Structures for Support Structures (2021), Radio Ballads (2019–2022) and Sensing the Planet (2021). She curated the Bahrain Pavilion for the 58th Venice Biennale(2019) and co-directed the Global Art Forum at Art Dubai (2016). She is a trustee of Mophradat, Athens, and not/nowhere, London, and a founding member of the GCC art collective. Her work, exhibitions and research have also been presented at MoMA PS1, NewYork; Sharjah Art Foundation; Whitney Biennial, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris; Berlin Biennale; Fridericianum, Kassel; and New Museum, New York, among many others. She is co-curating Sharjah Biennial 16 (February–June 2025).

Community of Practice Juror

Ruby Lopez Harper

Ruby is the Executive Director of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+). Ruby’s work has included disaster management in the arts, external equity strategies and field education, leadership development, local arts advancement, and cohort and network building. Ruby’s background includes supporting individual artists, community development, economic development, cultural tourism, and public art. She draws on a varied background that includes corporate affairs, community relations, volunteerism, employee engagement, marketing and communications, and business administration. She is an Adjunct Professor with George Mason University, and currently advises with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums and the Nonprofit Professionals of Color Collective. She has consulted with numerous local, state, regional and national organizations on grantmaking, operationalizing equitable practices, and developing leadership and cohort programming and capacity building initiatives. She serves on the Maryland State Arts Council and on the board of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Community of Practice Juror

Sanjit Sethi

Sanjit Sethi has over two decades of experience as an artist, curator and cultural leader. Sethi’s previous positions include Director of t the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University, Director of the Center for Art and Public Life, Chair of Community Arts at the California College of the Arts; and Executive Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute. He serves on the boards of the Jerome Foundation, the Archie Bray Foundation, the Association for Independent Colleges of Art and Design and the Artist Communities Alliance where he is currently the board chair.

Sanjit Sethi is the 19th President of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.