Family Residency


Applications for the Truth & Reconciliation Family Residency are now closed. Please visit our site in January 2019 when we announce the 2020 residency theme.

SFAI recognizes the lack of residency opportunities for parent-artists to participate in residencies without having to leave their families behind. By providing a family-friendly environment wherein residents can bring their children and spouses with them, SFAI offers the much-needed time and space for up to 11 residents to balance the exploration of creative opportunities with their responsibilities as parents.

We set aside the month of July specifically to host parent-artists and other creative practitioners with families, to focus on new work and/or continue projects that engage the annual residency theme. Parent-artists apply for the Family Residency through SFAI’s annual thematic residency application. Applications for our thematic residency typically open in early October and remain open through early February the next year.


What We Provide

Through the Family Residency, SFAI offers living and working space for one month in our beautiful, Ricardo Legorreta-designed building within Santa Fe. Each residency includes a fully furnished, private apartment and bath, communal kitchen, dining, and living room areas, laundry facilities, gallery / installation / event space, access to outdoor work spaces and an interior courtyard, a contemporary art library, as well as car and bicycle use. We also provide basic breakfast foods for the families, such as eggs, bread, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, and oatmeal. SFAI subsidizes all the above at no cost to residents in our commitment to supporting individuals dedicated to positive social change through creativity.

SFAI also offers each parent-artist an additional room for their children at no extra cost. And with the generous support of grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, SFAI has provided free and/or discounted child care, family-friendly field trips, and creative activities structured specifically for the children of parent artists-in-residence. The support we offer during each Family Residency varies annually and is determined in collaboration with the parent-artists based on their needs and their children’s’ ages and interests.

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact our Residency Program Manager, Toni Gentilli, at



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