Santa Fe Art Institute

Name of Residency: International & Interdisciplinary Social Justice Thematic Residency Program

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.



Our International Thematic Residency Program 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.

SFAI accepts applications from Individuals, Collaborations, and Families.

Applicants must be 25 years or older.

We do not require any particular level of education or training to apply. Our residency program is open to emerging, mid-career, and established artists and creative practioners who have a dedicated studio practice and professional demeanor.


SFAI offers Individuals and Collaborations residencies from a minimum of 1 month, to 2 months, or a maximum of 3 months. We also offer a one-month-long Family Residency each year in July only. Please note, partners / spouses or children are not allowed to accompany residents outside of the Family residency month.



SFAI offers, at no cost to residents, a furnished private room and bath communal kitchen, dining room, lounge and laundry facilities semi-private studio, common work spaces, gallery/event space and art library, building-wide wireless internet, basic breakfast foods, and bicycles. SFAI does not have specialized facilities, but provides basic tools and a membership to MAKE Santa Fe.



SFAI offers a semi-structured residency program wherein residents are welcome to pursue research, design, and initiation of new projects; continuation or completion of ongoing projects; and/or reflection upon recently completed projects. Aside from a few required activities during the first week of your residency, you  are free to spend your time at SFAI as you see fit and you are expected to be largely self-directed in your work.


Monthly Activities Include:

  • Orientation and Welcome Lunch with the staff (second day of your residency)
  • Presentation at Monthly Resident Showcase (first Thursday of each residency month)
  • Coffee Talk with the Residency Program Manager (every Monday from 10:00am to 11:00am)
  • Lunch with the Executive Director (second Tuesday)
  • Monthly Public Artist Talk (“Process” – second Thursday)
  • Monthly Open Studios / Public Event (“Platform” – third Friday)
  • Presentation at SFAI 140 (for March, July, and November residents only)
  • Farewell Gathering with staff (second to last day)
  • Exit Inspection (last day)


Please visit our Residency FAQ webpage or additional detailed information about our International Thematic Residency Program.



The annual theme and the basic questions we pose around it are intended to be catalysts for critical thinking and provide a structure around which the diverse peoples and disciplines involved in the residency can foster mutual understanding, have synergistic conversations, and potentially collaborate on a common goal.


Through 2019, SFAI residents will engage the theme of Truth & reconciliation. You can learn more about this exciting program and our amazing residents on our website:


In 2020, SFAI residents will explore issues related to the theme of Labor. Applications for the 2020 Labor residency are now closed. You can read more about the theme, jurors, and residents here:


The 2021 theme and open call for applications will be announced in January 2020.

Residency Programme since: 1985
Description of Organisation:

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

SFAI recognizes that complex problems require interdisciplinary solutions and believes in the role creativity plays in public education and social innovation. SFAI sponsors more than 80 residencies and fellowships per year for creative practitioners from across the globe, and implements yearlong thematic programming to support creative innovation that addresses pertinent questions facing diverse local and international communities in an effort to promote positive social change.

Organisation founded in: 1985
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 11 and 16
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 11 and 16
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Make Santa Fe (discounted membership to local maker space)
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Housing, studio space, utilities, wireless internet, laundry facilities, basic breakfat foods, and two communal meals provided.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Santa Fe Municipal Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Rail Runner Zia Road Station
    Street & Number: 1600 Saint Michaels Drive
    Postal Code: 87505
    City: Santa Fe
    Country long: United-States
    1600 Saint Michaels Drive
    Santa Fe 87505 NM USA
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