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Truth & Reconciliation Residency at Santa Fe Art Institu
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Toni Gentilli

December 04, 2017    




From September 2018 through August 2019, the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is asking artists, content experts, and cultural leaders to explore how uncovering and acknowledging the truth can be used as a means of reconciliation. SFAI believes that the process of truth-seeking and reconciliation are deeply creative acts that can bring people together, heal divisions, and build a better world.

Through our open call for applications we seek creative projects, conversations, and processes by which the investigation of truth and steps toward meaningful reconciliation can occur. We also seek to broaden the residency experience and increase collective knowledge by bringing together in community at SFAI artists from all disciplines alongside other innovators in disciplines such as architecture, planning, policy, education, science, health, law, and activism.

Through our Truth & Reconciliation Theme, we ask:

    How can artistic expression help to counter the often dehumanizing effects of our intensifying societal polarization by confronting misleading or deceptive rhetoric with truthfulness and compassion?

    How can a creative and humane investigation of truth among individuals, communities, and nations engender desire for healing, reconciliation, and new narratives respond to traumatic events and culturally sanctioned injustices?

    How can art and community action bring into view a more comprehensive and critical understanding of truth amidst the proliferation of online, and often unchecked, communication platforms and algorithmic manipulation of information streams?

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Applications due February 15, 2018.

    Our sponsored, international, thematic residency program is open to all artistic disciplines (visual arts, writing, performance, new media, etc.) and other creative practices including, but not limited to, curation, design, architecture, education, humanities, social sciences, law, medicine, and science. We strongly encourage applicants with interdisciplinary and non-traditional creative practices.

    SFAI welcomes local, national, and international applicants.

    We accept applications from individuals, collaborations (2 people), and collectives (3 to 12 people).

SFAI conducts an annual, competitive selection process for residencies that is primarily based on the applicant’s ability to creatively and critically engage with the encompassing theme of the residency season for which they are applying. While seeking to cultivate creative practices, engage with diverse communities, and address pressing social issues, the selection focuses on the conceptual rigor of the applicant, their desire for community engagement, the quality of their past work, and their potential to sustain productive residency at SFAI. The selection committees are comprised of artists to activists, policy makers and curators.

Costs include a $35 application fee and we require a $150 refundable security deposit. All materials, equipment, travel and other expenses are residents' responsibilities.

Each sponsored residency includes a furnished private room and bath with linens; communal kitchen, dining room, lounge and laundry facilities; semi-private studio, common work spaces, gallery/event space and art library; wireless internet, breakfast foods and bicycles. SFAI does not have specialized facilities, but provides basic tools and a membership to MAKE Santa Fe. SFAI subsidizes all the above at no cost to residents in our commitment to supporting individuals dedicated to positive social change through creativity.

SFAI sponsors more than 80 residencies and fellowships per year for creative practitioners from all over the world, and implements yearlong thematic programming to support creative innovation that addresses pertinent questions facing diverse regional and global communities in an effort to promote positive social change. We recognize that complex problems require interdisciplinary solutions and believe in the role creativity plays in public education and social innovation. The 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.

SFAI offers a semi-structured residency program so that residents can initiate, continue, and/or complete creative work that expands and enriches their professional practice. We provide a level of access to and support from staff and community partners, and nurture critical engagement with the annual theme. However, residents are expected to be largely self-directed.

Our residency program is housed in a distinctive, all-inclusive 17,000 square foot facility designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta. The overall physical layout of the residency spaces encourages daily interaction and fosters collaboration among residents. SFAI’s facility meets all ADA requirements. Because SFAI is is one level without stairs or barriers, there is complete accessibility to all studios, living quarters, exhibition and event spaces, and our offices. SFAI also has two resident rooms each equipped with a roll-in bathroom designed specifically for easy wheelchair access, enlarged living space, and an additional bed for a personal care attendant.

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