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Arts and Culture Department




City Seeks Nominations for

Annual Arts Awards 2022

Community Encouraged To Nominate Outstanding Individuals and Businesses


Mayor Alan M. Webber and the City of Santa Fe Arts & Culture Department announce a call for nominations for the 2022 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Each year, the Mayor’s Awards recognize the outstanding contributions that individuals, organizations and businesses have made to the Santa Fe arts community. Any member of the public may nominate someone for any one of five categories: Arts, Philanthropy, Arts Innovator, Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award and a NEW CATEGORY... Lifetime Accomplishment Award.

Deadline:  5 pm, Friday, February 16, 2022

For more info and to nominate GO HERE.


Announcing the City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department’s

Cultural Investment Funding Program Fiscal Year 2022-23 (FY22) Digital collaboration impact

Opens January 11, 2022/Due February 24, 2022 @5pm

“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

Coronavirus has changed our way of life, and we are continuing to innovate ways of building community. Digital and socially distanced programming has provided a much needed beacon of connection and discovery this past year. It is vital for us all to re-imagine the role of culture and tourism and the wider economy of Santa Fe in this new landscape.

Our approach offers cultural organizations three paths for funding support and for the FIRST TIME organizations are eligible to apply and receive funding in BOTH TMI AND DCI Categories, as long as the program is unique and separate in each request, as a reminder funding is based on review and ranking of application(s):

1) Traditional Marketing Impact Category A (TMI-A) honors the tradition of our grant making history by funding traditional regional marketing and advertising of programming. This program is designed for non-profit arts groups who do not wish to collaborate with organizations outside of their sphere, and also have an organizational budget over $500,000. Maximum of ten (10) organizations receiving $15,000 awards each.

2) Traditional Marketing Impact Category B (TMI-B) also honors the tradition of our grant making history by funding traditional regional marketing and advertising of programming. This program is designed for non-profit arts groups who do not wish to collaborate with organizations outside of their sphere, and also have an organizational budget under $500,000. Maximum of ten (10) organizations receiving $10,000 awards each. 

3) Digital Collaborative Impact Grant (DCI), invites organizations to collaborate and create new visions using digital programming or creating new ways of presentation via traditional media. Our view is that this will allow a more diverse range of groups the ability to create opportunities for themselves and a wider online community. Maximum of six (6) projects receiving $30,000 awards each.

Technical Assistance Workshops for Applicants will be conducted via zoom: register by email at: [bot protected email address] 

 TMI Category A & B – Tuesday, January 18th 8:30am- 9:30am

DCI - Tuesday, January 18th - 9:30am-10:30am

 More information on how to contact Arts & Culture Department, Cultural Investment Funding Program:

    • Office Hours: Monday 5-8pm, Wednesday 2-4pm, Thursday 4-7pm
    • Please submit any and all question via email, you can expect to receive a response during the Office Hours stated above
    • EMail: [bot protected email address]
  • Cultural Investment Funding Contact Names: Erminia Tapia, Project Specialist and Zoe Lesser, Consultant






NOW accepting applications!

City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department

Seeks Arts Commissioners Dedicated to Cultural Equity and Inclusion

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 1, 2022, 5pm MST via Survey Monkey

For English HERE



El Departamento de Arte y Cultura de la Ciudad de Santa Fe

Busca Comisionados de Arte dedicados a la equidad e inclusión cultural


Para Espanol HERE


 Questions/Preguntas: contact Erminia Tapia, [bot protected email address]




 The City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Deparment announces new Mayoral appointments to the arts commission

Announcing the addition of Raashan Ahmad, Paul Hultin, Marcia Mikulak, Jennifer Villela and Anne Wrinkle

For more info: GO HERE 



Mayor's Awards for excellence in the arts 2021

This wonderful event took place (virtually) on Thursday, May 6th at 5:30 pm and honored our slate of amazing awardees!

More info on the winners and the link to the event HERE


To watch the YouTube video recording of the event HERE




City of Santa Fe Launches “Los Maskareñas”,

A Short Video Series for COVID Safety Featuring Carlos Medina

“Los Maskareñas”, a PSA starring local entertainer Carlos Medina, is part of an effort by the City of Santa Fe to reach the Spanish speaking community with targeted messaging around COVID safe practices. A comedic four-part mini-series, “Los Maskareñas” depicts a day in the life of a Southside Santa Fe family as they navigate how to live safely in a COVID world.


Premiere of "Yo Prometo" PSA Video

"Yo Prometo" is Public Service Video featuring Carlos Medina, produced by Mountain Mover Media and the City of Santa Fe, Arts and Culture Department in response to COVID-19 based on the City’s “I Promise” campaign to encourage residents and visitors to use safety practices while out in the community or engaging with others.

We wanted to remind everyone to use CSP (COVID Safe Practices) while engaging with others.  There are simple things you can do to prevent the spread and help us keep our community safe!

  • Wear face coverings
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash/sanitize your hands regularly

There are numerous people can thank who contributed to the development and production of this video, but we want to share a special thanks to Kaela and Carlos for their talent, enthusiasm and creativity on this project!

 You can view the videos on the website HERE or visit our Facebook page at  


We also encourage you to sign up for the Promise at


Also, if you aren’t already following us on social media, please do so to stay up to date on stories and features while you are social distancing. 


Our Facebook page:

Instagram: @santafeartsculture


New Web Page Contribution Invitation

TOURISM Santa Fe has launched its Santa Fe Virtual Experiences page to allow potential visitors and locals to experience The City Different from the comfort of their own homes!

For consideration to be included on this page, please supply the following information, along with a hi-res logo for your business to:

 Jordan Guenther [bot protected email address] and Joy Rice [bot protected email address]

 Information Requested:

 Business Name:

  1. Name of Experience:
  2. Is this a live event (Y/N)?
    1. If so, date and time?
  1. Website URL (that contains information on your Virtual Experience):
  2. Description of Experience:


Business has created a landing page on their website which highlights various virtual experiences that can be enjoyed at home, any time. The page should include messaging about “virtual experience,” “online exhibition”, “live demonstration,” etc. Be sure to include any videos highlighting your business on this page.

  • Business has converted an existing offering into a live experience that can be joined via Zoom, Facebook Live or other web-based conferencing platform.
  • Virtual Tours created through Google VR, Art Steps or other 360-degree or 3D video technology.

Twitter: @santafeartcultr



All City closures, event/meeting cancellations, and postponements are effective until further notice.  The City will continue to monitor current health recommendations and best practices and provide updates.


The City of Santa Fe will continue to provide all other services.  This emergency health situation continues to change and evolve. The City will continue to monitor emerging health recommendations and best practices to make decisions on any closures, policies, or practices.  We will provide regular updates on our website, social media, and on Alert Santa Fe.  Please sign up for Alert Santa Fe to receive emergency updates by visiting Santa Fe Alert.


The City encourages private employers to take similar precautions.

•       Prevention is still the priority

•       Wash your hands

•       Avoid touching your face

•       Cover a sneeze or cough

•       Wipe down surfaces that are touched by or shared by others

•       Use “social distancing” as a way to avoid contact as much as possible

•       The proper distance to avoid exposure is a minimum of 6 feet

•       Avoid shaking hands (bump elbows instead)


Only the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) can coordinate testing for COVID-19. It is offering testing to patients who fit a specific profile of symptoms and risk factors. The hotline number for the New Mexico Department of Health is 855-600-3453.


 The City of Santa Fe is proud to announce that the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission has officially been renamed the City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture 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.

In commemoration of this exciting development, we've refreshed our look and will continue to make improvements to better serve Santa Fe's thriving artistic community.

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. 

Cultural Investments
Cultural Investments
The Santa Fe Community Gallery
The Santa Fe Community Gallery
Arts in Public Places
Art in Public Places
Culture Connects Santa Fe
Culture Connects Santa Fe

Current Events and Opportunities

  • PREMIERE of "Los Maskareñas”, a PSA starring local entertainer Carlos Medina, is part of an effort by the City of Santa Fe to reach the Spanish speaking community with targeted messaging around COVID safe practices.  To Watch:  HERE
  • ARTSCAPADES- Santa Fe's Public Art Walking Tour, (Featuring Four Themed Maps) Are Live Now!  More info:  History and Culture Map, Animals Map, River Walk (East) Map, and Downtown Map)


Contact Information and Hours

Physical Address: 201 W. Marcy (map), Santa Fe, NM 87501

Mailing Address: PO Box 909, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0909

[bot protected email address]

Ph: (505) 955-6707

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Arts Commissioners and Staff

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