Deadline: 25/02/2018

Truth & Reconciliation

Open Call for Applications - Truth & Reconciliation Thematic Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute.

The Santa Fe Art Institute announces Truth & Reconciliation as our 2018-2019 theme.
From September 2018 through August 2019, the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) will bring together 70 artists, creative practitioners, content experts, and innovative thinkers from all over the world 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 individuals, communities, and nations together and heal our divisions to build a better world.
In the open call for applications for the Truth & Reconciliation Thematic Residency, 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.
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Application materials include the following:

  • 250-word Bio
  • 2-page CV
  • Project Proposal (applicants can initiate, continue, and/or complete creative work that expands and enriches their professional practice and engages the annual theme)
  • 2 Letters of Reference (from authorities in your field familiar with you and your work)
  • Documentation of Work (up to 10 media submissions - including any combination of still images, video, sound, and writing - that demonstrate the the quality of your work and potential of your practice while in residence at SFAI).


  • 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 over the age of 25.
  • 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.

As part of our sponsored international thematic residency program, 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; wireless internet, 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 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.

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

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.

For additional details about our sponsored, international, thematic residency program, visit:

Residency Information webpage:

Residency FAQ webpage:

Facilities webpage:

Truth & Reconciliation

Truth & Reconciliation

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