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01 Oct 2015

SFAI Water Rights Residency: Call for Applications

Interdisciplinary Water Rights Thematic Residency
Santa Fe Art Institute


Application Deadline: December 18, 2015

Nina Elder
001 505 424 5050

Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michaels Dr
Santa Fe, 87505
United States

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The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is pleased to announce Water Rights as its next residency and programmatic theme. Because water is seen, now more than ever, as a contested resource, SFAI is committed to bringing together local, national, and global thinkers and creators to collectively expand and revise our knowledge of what we think we know about water rights. New Mexico is rich in its relationship to water- a position created over a long history of corporate, environmental, political, and multicultural claims to this essential resource.


From September 2016 through June of 2017, SFAI and its community partners will explore several questions: How do we describe and define the contested space around water? If water use is often parallel to culture, how can cultural activities result in greater models of equity to our water systems? How can diverse practices, from poetic to practical to political, create greater access to these and other parallel resources?

SFAI looks forward to bringing together dynamic creative thinkers, artists, designers, educators, policy makers, poets, architects, journalists, and activists to focus on ways that we can address inherent inequalities relating to water rights and create new ways of thinking about the use and misuse of this essential substance.

Please join SFAI as we focus on this impactful issue that transcends social, cultural, and economic boundaries.For more information about applying for a residency, or about how your organization can engage with this programming as a community partner, visit SFAI.ORG or email Nina Elder, Residency Program Manager, at