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Art is the Solution Fund: Water & Displacement
The Arts Commission is pleased to announce the Art is the Solution: Water & Displacement mini-grant program. Ten mini-grants will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 each to support artist projects that address the issue of water resources and its impact on Santa Fe – displacement that results from scarcity. Click Here to apply.
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On January 29, 2020, the City of Santa Fe’s Governing Body officially created and renamed the Santa Fe Arts Commission to The City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department, moving it from Tourism Department to become a stand-alone city department. This change reflects the value and importance of arts and culture in our community and the City’s dedication to fostering and expanding that mission. Read the official announcement Arts Department Press Release.
We provide leadership by and for the City to support arts and cultural affairs; we recommend policies and programs that develop and promote artistic excellence in our community. Through the lens of culture Connects: Roadmap, we advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to the arts and culture of our City.
“Culture embodies the shared complex and diverse heritage of a community, including its tangible and intangible virtues…It is the quiet and restless imagination that becomes expression, from which emanates writing, song, performance, painting, sculpture, cuisine, dance, design, and story. When recognized, coalesced, and leveraged, culture is transformative. It ignites creativity, consciousness, and capacity.
-Culture Connects Roadmap
Mission & Values
We provide leadership by and for the City of Santa Fe to support arts and cultural affairs. We recommend policies and programs that develop and promote artistic excellence in our community.
Our vision is to achieve a thriving, collaborative, interdisciplinary cultural community that possesses a variety of resources, spaces, and pathways that support the educational, economic, and creative needs of Santa Fe.
We welcome the participation of artists, nonprofits, businesses, educators, and the public in our work. We serve as a resource to them and are dedicated to facilitating discussions considering all viewpoints.
We are dedicated to leadership that advances the arts in Santa Fe and to serving as a true community organization, partner, and collaborator.
We embrace forward-thinking policy approaches that result in innovative, imaginative, synergistic programming and create economic sustainability in our community.
We demonstrate professionalism and fairness in our work, are informed and prepared on issues affecting our community and are diligent and culturally aware in our decision-making.
We are knowledgeable and discerning about arts and creativity in Santa Fe. We remain informed of local and national trends in the arts and actively develop our understanding of and engagement with all art forms.
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- Support a continuum of opportunities for youth to benefit from our community’s cultural resources.
- Ensure all students have access to in-school and after-school arts education programs; be a resource for such programs.
- Foster the development of mentoring, internship, and apprenticeship programs in the creative sector.
- Partner with youth organizations and agencies across our community.
- Develop strategies that advance our community’s cultural assets for long-term viability and profitability.
- Provide stewardship of our cultural resources and responsible promotion of the Santa Fe brand.
- Coordinate efforts that market our multiple accessible arts activities to increase visitors and attract the creative industry to our community.
- Offer micro-grants to support the development of new cultural resources and nontraditional/cross-discipline activities.
- Build infrastructure and capacity to support a thriving creative economy.
- Sustain spaces throughout our entire community that promotes creative dialogue and exchange.
- Identify and activate a network of creative spaces throughout our community, focusing on existing and nontraditional venues.
- Support the development of authentic places across our city for people to live, work and gather formally and informally.
- Prioritize the creative sector in community development; ensure adequate infrastructure for creativity.
- Cultivate projects and programs that activate public spaces through creativity and the arts.
- Provide all Santa Feans access to and participation in the creative life of our community.
- Survey and assess the cultural needs of the community.
- Facilitate discussion and collaboration to encourage participation in the arts by everyone in the community.
- Galvanize cross-disciplinary programming that builds on existing public events and venues across our city.
- Enhance infrastructure and outreach that boost participation in arts and cultural activities.
Robert D. (Rod) Lambert Jr., Assistant Director, is responsible for management-level decision making including policy recommendations and programmatic implementation related to the Arts and Culture Department. That includes overseeing the Grants, Art in Public Places and Community Gallery team, the public art collection, the Galleries program, and special initiatives, which include Culture Connects.
Lambert has a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning and a Bachelor of Arts from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Lambert was the Arts Commission’s Community Gallery Manager from its inception in 2008. Prior to that, he was the Gallery Director at Santa Fe Clay, Operations Manager with Essex Two (a Chicago graphic design boutique), and a Project Manager with Arthur Andersen’s Internet Design Division.
Erminia Tapia was born and raised in Belen, New Mexico. Tapia moved to Santa Fe in 2007 and graduated from Capital High School. She attended Santa Fe Community College with a background in Sign Language interpreting. Erminia has worked for both state and city governments since 2010. She has been employed by the City of Santa Fe since 2014, working in various departments throughout government, most recently including the Mayor’s Office and Constituent Services. She has helped with several program implementations, such as Southside Summer, and also served on the planning committee for the recent Mayor’s Ball in 2018 and 2019.
Commissioner Anne Wrinkle, Vice Chair, is an independent consultant in cultural communications, marketing, fundraising, and events for museums and non-profits. She served as a senior staff member at the contemporary art museum SITE Santa Fe in several capacities, including External Affairs, Development, and Public Relations for almost 20 years, as it grew from a scrappy, spirited and ambitious youngster to a sophisticated, mature and integral community asset, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. Throughout her extensive career in the art world, she has expressed a passionate commitment to supporting and serving extraordinary artists and helping share their unique perspectives with the people of Santa Fe and the world. Prior to moving to Santa Fe from New York City, Anne held positions at The Drawing Center, Michael Werner Gallery, and Livet Reichard Co., an arts marketing/PR firm with clients including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Martha Graham Dance Company, AmFAR, and NARAL, among others. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MA in Art History from Hunter College, CUNY. She was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Commissioner Raashan Ahmad is an emcee, producer, DJ, label owner, and internationally touring musician who combines his story and stance on social, political, and cultural issues via spoken work (in all of its forms) with various rhythms and music from across the globe. His career as a recording artist spans close to two decades. He has released six studio albums, toured over 35 countries, collaborated with the national orchestra in Bogota, Columbia, and the symphony in Warsaw, Poland and has garnered critical acclaim from the worldwide press (RFI, XXL, BBC, France 24, Urb, Pan African Music, Rolling Stone, etc.). Raashan is also a cultural worker rooted in racial/social justice and culture as a tool for education and community building. In Santa Fe, he has served as a youth mentor, organizer of an annual back-to-school drive and food drive, and facilitated fundraisers for various teachers and classrooms. In addition, he is currently Co-Executive Director at Vital Spaces, Co-Founder of Earthseed Black Arts Alliance, voted "Best DJ" in Santa Fe, a director and producer for various video projects, and a promoter for storytelling events as well as an ongoing assortment of community dance events that focus on bringing different sections of the city together.
Commissioner Jorge Luis Bernal is a working Santa Fe artist and retired architect. He moved to the City Different after careers as an architect in private practice, a professor of architecture at a South Florida magnet Design and Architecture High School, and the project architect for the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. As a teenager, he began painting and later in life discovered ceramics. He continues to explore the joys and challenges of both. Born in Havana, Cuba, Bernal lived in Miami, FL, and Bethesda, MD, before finding his true home in Santa Fe, where he has dedicated his energy to producing art and promoting local artists. He is Co-President of the Santa Fe Studio Tour and a docent and teacher at the Museum of Encaustic Art. His work has recently been featured in Pasatiempo and on the cover of the Journal of the American Psychological Association. One of the highlights of his new life in Santa Fe has been the installation of his sculpture, Tree of Knowledge, at the Southside Public Library, a sculpture dedicated to the life-changing influence of books and learning on our children.
Commissioner Paul Hultin is a lawyer, water and climate activist, and an advocate for artists and the Santa Fe arts community. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he moved to Denver, where he had a national civil trial practice. Since moving to Santa Fe, he has limited his legal work to public interest water and climate litigation, advocacy, and legal representation of local and international artists. He served as a Board Member and Board Chair of the Center for Contemporary Arts from 2013 to 2018. He was an associate producer of Sembene!, an award-winning documentary about Ousmane Sembene, the father of African cinema, that screened at more than 50 film festivals worldwide. One of Paul's primary interests is the intersection of art and environmental justice and how art can tell universal stories that illuminate our troubled relationships with the environment and with each other.
Commissioner Marcia Mikulak is a concert pianist with a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master of Fine Art in music performance from Mills College in Oakland, California. Dr. Mikulak received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. She created and directed Santa Fe Research, an organization dedicated to the investigation of learning and potential in children, examining ways in which children diagnosed with 'learning disabilities' could reach their own unique potentials. Her pioneering fieldwork in Minas Gerais, Brazil, working with street children, incorporated experimental musical instruments, improvisational techniques, theater, and storytelling. She has been a Brazil country specialist with Amnesty International since 2007 and is currently a Brazil consultant for Amnesty International. Dr. Mikulak has several publications, and her most recent is "Childhood Unmasked: The Agency of Brazil's Street and Working Children," published in 2015 with Cognella Academic Publishing. She is currently Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of North Dakota's Department of Anthropology.
Commissioner Karl Duncan is the Executive Director of the Poeh Cultural Center at the Pueblo of Pojoaque. Karl is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he received a BA in Museum Studies and is currently part of the first cohort for the MFA program in Cultural Administration at IAIA. Karl has worked as the Curator for the Buffalo Thunder Resort Art Collection. He serves as Vice-President of the Continuous Pathways Foundation and a board member of Buffalo Thunder Incorporated and Silver Bullet Productions. Since his arrival at the Poeh, Karl facilitated the return of a historic collection of 100 pieces of Tewa Pueblo pottery on long-term loan from the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian. He is a youth mentor with the Boys & Girls Club in Pojoaque, helping coordinate and teach Native American hoop dancing.
Commissioner Andrew Lovato is a Santa Fe native and has been a professor for the past 38 years at The College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community College, and The Institute of American Indian Arts. He recently retired from full-time teaching. He received his Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 2018. He is the author of several books on Santa Fe and New Mexico's history and culture. He has taught guitar for over 30 years at Santa Fe Community College. He was Santa Fe City Historian in 2018-2019.
Commissioner Heidi McKinnon is a museum consultant who has worked for twenty years to support cultural heritage, social cohesion, and systemic change as a curator, writer, public speaker, and social entrepreneur, working on issues of historical memory, indigenous history, human rights, and women's rights throughout Latin America. In 1996, Heidi began her career working with artisans and culture bearers for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife Studies for the 1998 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program. In 1999 she became part of the curatorial team for the inaugural exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution/National Museum of the American Indian, which opened in 2004.
Ms. McKinnon served as the founding Director of Exhibitions and Planning for the Museum of Freedom and Human Rights in Panama City, Panama, which opened in 2019. She created the inaugural exhibitions as well as the planning and visioning documents for the museum,
In 2020, Ms. McKinnon opened Heritage by Hand, a lifestyle brand focused on handmade work from across Latin America, where Heidi takes her museum experience to the retail arena mixing her personal interests in cultural preservation and environmental sustainability.
Commissioner Winoka Yepa (she/her/asdzaan), is Diné, originally from Shiprock, New Mexico, located on the Navajo Nation/Dinétah. Ms. Yepa brings a wealth of experience from the arts, museum, education, and Indigenous research fields. Ms. Yepa was formerly the Senior Manager of Museum Education at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, where she re-established and developed the museum’s education program and curated the museum’s first series of virtual residencies, virtual exhibitions, and first mobile application. She is currently a Data and Research Associate with Native Americans in Philanthropy and is a doctoral candidate in Education at the University of New Mexico. Ms. Yepa also serves as an advisory board member for Imagining America, a Humanities Advisor for gallupARTS, and an Education and Community Programming Advisor for Tse’Nato’. Her original position as alternate to the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission was unanimously approved at the Governing Body meeting held on August 31, 2022.