Are you a studio artist, designer, community activist, architect, educator, poet, filmmaker, philosopher, curator, or policy maker interested in creating greater equity in the world? Do you believe that through creative engagement we can address issues around water and access to global resources? Then apply to SFAI’s Water Rights Themed Residency Program.

Because water is seen, now more than ever, as a contested resource, SFAI is committed to bringing together local, national, and global thinkers and creators to collectively expand and revise our knowledge of what we think we know about water rights.  New Mexico is rich in its relationship to water- a position created over a long history of corporate, environmental, political, and multicultural claims to this essential resource.

From September 2016 through June of 2017, SFAI and its community partners will explore several questions: How do we describe and define the contested space around water? If water use is often parallel to culture, how can cultural activities result in greater models of equity within our water systems? How can diverse practices, from poetic to practical to political, create greater access to these and other parallel resources?

SFAI looks forward to bringing together dynamic creative practitioners to focus on ways that we can address inherent inequalities relating to water rights and create new ways of thinking about the use and misuse of this essential substance. Applications may take the form of project proposals and are accepted from individuals as well as collaborative teams.

Please join SFAI as we focus on this impactful issue that transcends social, cultural, and economic boundaries. APPLY HERE.

Share this with any person or organization that you feel would be interested in engaging with SFAI as we cultivate creative practices, engage with diverse communities, and address the most pressing social issues of our time. For more information about applying for a residency, or about how your organization can engage with this programming as a community partner, visit SFAI.ORG or email Nina Elder, Residency Program Manager, at nelder@sfai.org


Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is a cultural organization that seeks to address a critical question: how can SFAI cultivate creative practices (from fine art to design to urban planning and beyond), engage with diverse communities, and address the most pressing social issues of our time?

SFAI is a hub for creative engagement and social change. We facilitate this through a renowned residency program bringing together creative practitioners from all over the world, to educational programming that includes the groundbreaking Project 8, and public programs that celebrate local innovators and activists in events like SFAI 140.