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22 Jan 2020

Santa Fe Art Institute / Applications Open for 2021 'Revolution' Thematic Residency

Santa Fe Art Institute / Applications Open for 2021 'Revolution' Thematic Residency
Santa Fe Art Institute


Applications close April 1, 2020. Our international residency accepts applications from Individuals, Collaborations, and Families. All of our residencies are offered free of charge to awarded residents.


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Santa Fe Art Institute
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Santa Fe, NM 87502
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Santa Fe Art Institute is accepting applications for our 2021 International Thematic Residency: 'Revolution,' which includes our Family Residency Month in July. Applications Due April 1, 2020.

Founded in 1985 by artists for artists, Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate creative leadership, and to invest in community, culture, and place to reimagine a more equitable world.

Santa Fe Art Institute offers residencies free of charge to socially engaged, marginalized, and under-represented artists and creative practitioners from across the globe in all stages of their careers. SFAI is especially committed to supporting artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQ+, women, and immigrants. Our annual programmatic theme provides common ground for diverse individuals working in various media and disciplines while honoring their differences in experience and perspective.

Throughout our 2021 programmatic theme, Revolution, SFAI will support research, artworks, and creative actions that use artistic imagination to provide sites of resistance, instances of engagement, and solidarity with transformational movements. We seek proposals that aim to revolutionize the status quo and which are bolstered by creative insurrection, utopian imagination, and an expansive agency wherein everyone – across a range of ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, and abilities – has the power to shape reality.

We ask applicants to consider how art and creative tactics can:
● Reimagine the praxis, grammar, and aesthetics of entrenched and failing systems.
● Radically shift collective perceptions and lived reality to build capacity for self‑determination for all peoples.
● Catalyze and support radical and profound social, political, environmental, and cultural change that is sustained, intergenerational, inclusive, and liberatory.

The core of SFAI's International Thematic Residency Program is a curated community of diverse creative practitioners living and working together within a shared space, and which requires good interpersonal abilities. All of our programming and partnerships are designed to support thought-provoking conversations and inspire action around social justice, cultural freedom, and environmental responsibility in a safe and supportive space where the sharing of diverse experiences and approaches is celebrated.

To each non-local resident, SFAI offers a furnished private room with full bath and linens, and exterior patio.

To all residents we offer a 10'x12' semi-private studio with desk, chair, and task lamp; 24-7 access to the building, highspeed internet, use of common workspaces, and basic tools; use of communal living areas including a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, lounge, interior courtyard and free laundry facilities; discounted membership to MAKE Santa Fe; basic breakfast foods and 2 communal meals a month; bicycles; and access to our cars with a valid US driver's license; and participation in a monthly public event which includes open studios.

SFAI welcomes Local, National, and International applicants of all backgrounds to apply to our International Thematic Residency Program. Our residency is open to all artistic disciplines (e.g., visual arts, writing, performance, new media, etc.) and other creative practices including, but not limited to curation, design, architecture, and education. We strongly encourage applicants with interdisciplinary and non-traditional creative practices.

Applications close April 1, 2020, 11:59pm

Letters of recommendation due April 8, 2020, 11:59pm

Applicants must be 25 years and older.

SFAI accepts applications from Individuals, Collaborations, and Families.

July is our Family Residency month.

All of our residencies are offered free of charge to awarded residents.

We require a $35 non-refundable processing fee in order to submit your application. We also require a refundable $150 security deposit to guarantee your participation in the residency, which is refunded upon inspection of your room and studio space at the end of the residency.

For more details about our International Thematic Residency Program, eligibility, restrictions, housing and how to apply, please visit: