Now accepting applications for 2020 “Labor” Thematic and Family Residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Through our open call for applications, the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) seeks artworks, creative research, and innovative actions that consider what vitality, prosperity, and sustainability might look like beyond profit to envision new systems for “making a living” that elevate all of humanity and infuse our world with freedom, compassion, and harmony; and that reflect the profoundly generative acts of labor.

Guiding Questions:
-How can art and creative action conscientiously expand public discourse around the intersections of gender, race, and class with the economic and political dynamics of labor?

-How might artists’ enduring relationship to emotional, intellectual, and immaterial labor improve the recognition and valuation of invisible or marginalized forms of social and cultural production?

-How can we creatively envision and enact bold new models of labor, distinct from dominant global reliance on wages, commodities, and privatized production, and which instead embrace radically humane, inclusive, and collaborative efforts.

For details about SFAI’s International Thematic Residency Program, visit:

For information about Eligibility, Restrictions, and How to Apply, visit:

About the Santa Fe Art Institute:
Founded in 1985 by artists for artists, 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.

SFAI hosts international social justice themed residencies and fellowships for diverse artists and creative practitioners; public programs featuring interactions with artists, content experts, and community changemakers; exhibitions; panel discussions; community art actions and projects; and educational outreach for adults and youth.

SFAI is committed to supporting marginalized and underrepresented artists, and creative practices that offer fresh insight and innovative strategies in response to critical local, national, and global issues because SFAI believes in artists and creative practitioners as catalysts for positive social change.


Organization/Company: Santa Fe Art Institute
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Deadline: April 01, 2019
How to Apply: To Apply for a 2020 Labor Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, please visit our SlideRoom online application portal:

Before applying, we recommend you review the detailed information about eligibility, restrictions, programming and facilities on our website:

Applications close April 1, 2019 at 11:59pm.

-SFAI welcomes Local, National, and International applicants of all backgrounds.
-Applicants must be 25 years and older.
-SFAI accepts applications from Individuals, Collaborations, and Families.
-SFAI’s 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. SFAI strongly encourages applicants with interdisciplinary and non-traditional creative practices
-The Family Residency is for just one month each year, in July only. Applicants who are not parents / guardians of a child are not eligible for this program.

-10 digital work samples (which may be any combination of still images, video, audio, and writing samples)
-Project proposal (describing the materials and methods of your work and how you would use them to engage the annual theme during a residency at SFAI)
-250-word biography (preferably written in the third person)
-Two-page resume (highlighting education, work experience, awards, and exhibition history)
-Two professional references (who are familiar with you and your work)
-$35 application fee