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Sharing safety:  Performing and interactive arts covid recovery  

April 7, 2021 at 10am

While we have been adapting our practices and managing expectations during this last year of the coronavirus pandemic, we have also been planning for the recovery.


Join us for a conversation on how performance and interactive cultural organizations have prepared for Turquoise and beyond when our capacity levels are increased and we welcome back our communities. Your participation in the sharing of knowledge, experiences and “pivots” you have made are key to our collective ability to re-emerge with vigor and new tools to thrive.

Mike Van Aarsten, COVID Compliance & Safety Manager, Santa Fe Opera

Mike Van Aarsten has made a career guided by opportunities to support the human experience through art, artistry, education, and adventure. In early January, Mike moved to Santa Fe from Connecticut where he recently completed coursework with Yale School of Drama's Technical Design and Production Program, with particular focus on life safety, public health, and crisis management. Mike has nineteen years of experience in the performing arts industry and holds certifications in First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Crowd Management, OSHA-30 and 10. He has completed additional training with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), World Health Organization (WHO), the American Red Cross, and the Event Safety Alliance. Mike is passionate about creating safe spaces for artists to do their best work.

Daniel Crupi, Exeuctive Director, Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus

As the Executive Director of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Daniel sets and executes the vision for the company, working in tandem with artistic and Board leadership to produce innovative & vibrant performances, engage new audiences, and relate to the local community in unique ways. Over the last two years, he has grown individual philanthropy by 69%, expanded the donor base by 87%, pioneered a new 10-concert Virtual Series that reached 15,000+ patrons in 20 countries around the world, established a new emphasis on community engagement and educational programming, and re-aligned the digital presence and artistic vision of the company. In addition to its standard programming, the Santa Fe Symphony now focuses its efforts on prioritizing diversity and inclusion, presenting non-traditional performance mediums in unusual spaces, and forging community partnerships with companies ranging from museums and historic sites to literacy and environmental advocacy organizations, especially as it seeks to re-invent the model for live symphonic performance in a post-COVID world.

Hannah Hausman, Acting Executive Director for the Santa Fe Children's Museum. Originally from New Mexico, Hausman has spent her career helping those in greatest need. Through her work in South Florida with Miami Children's Museum, Young At Art Museum, United Way of Miami-Dade and others, she raised over $15 million to support children, families and communities. Her extensive work with the non-profit industry led her to be chosen as the keynote speaker for the Miccosukee Indian Tribe School and as a panelist for the Women's Success Summit, Miami as well as a committee member and speaker for the National Association of Children's Museums. Her community involvement includes volunteer work for the Junior Orange Bowl, The Humane Society, Felines & Friends New Mexico and Assistance Dogs of the West. She is also a talented portrait photographer with pieces published by St. Martin's Press and Jacket Magazine.

To join us on Zoom:


NOW HIRING:  Santa fe city historian



Culture Connects History: Santa Fe City Historian

Guidelines and How to Apply

DUE: April 22, 2021 5PM MST to [bot protected email address]


The Santa Fe City Historian is a ceremonial position that encourages opportunities for individuals to be educated about Santa Fe’s rich regional history and cultural heritage.

The goals for the position are:

  • Conserve, promote, document and share Santa Fe’s diverse cultural heritage within historical and contemporary contexts, engaging local, transnational and global influences on the cultural development of the region.
  • Engage broad community participation to understand and embrace the value of stewardship of both tangible and intangible cultural history; and
  • Advertise, publicize and promote historical tourist-related attractions, facilities and events.


This is a ceremonial position given to an individual who has a demonstrated knowledge of Santa Fe cultural history from within local, regional and transnational perspectives; a commitment to and passion for sharing information about the diverse ethnic groups and historical processes that have contributed to Santa Fe's cultural development; and embraces the opportunity to engage in inclusive civic discourse.

2021 Focus

This focus for the year will coincide with the emphasis on community-centered storytelling and sharing of the many histories in Santa Fe in order to expand beyond the tri-culturate narrative. 


Individuals 18 years of age and over living within the Santa Fe County may serve as City Historian. While a BA is required/the minimum qualification, consideration will be given to those with other credentials, advanced degrees and a history of writing/publishing on relevant topics such as history, ethnic studies, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, arts or related fields A background in communications and public relations desired, but not required.


DUE: April 22, 2021 5PM MST to [bot protected email address]

Individuals interested in the position of City Historian shall submit the following by the published deadline:

  1. Letter of interest (no more than two pages) stating the individual’s qualifications, why he/she should be considered, description of his/her interest and a proposal for fulfilling the duties.
  2. Resume/curriculum vitae
  3. Links to websites, publications, social media and video content that serve as examples of the individual’s leadership in public history, community engagement or cultural work.

Questions: Pauline Kanako Kamiyama, [bot protected email address]

Term of Service & Honorarium

The City Historian will receive an honorarium of up to $10,000 to offset costs associated with the position. Funds will be dispersed in four equal payments, distributed quarterly. 

The City Historian will serve for 12 months, starting from the date of appointment. If the City Historian cannot fulfill her/his contract due to extended illness, relocation or other circumstances, the City may appoint a new City Historian based on previous nominations to fill the remainder of the term. 

Click here for more info:

 CityHistorianRFQ(extended deadline)


Calls for ARtists:  




Project Location:         Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Project Budget:           $50,000


This project seeks to activate and celebrate the people of Santa Fe.

This project is funded through the Art In Public Places program which allocates 2% of capital

improvement projects towards permanent public artworks. These projects are part of the 2018

Gross Revenue Tax Bond projects.


The Community Convention Center is sited on sacred grounds and situated within the

Downtown Historic District. The following considerations must be taken into account:

Mural to be painted direclty onto tower walls

Non-aersol paint application

Protective coating to be applied


All materials (or questions) should be submitted to: [bot protected email address] with the subject

Culture Connects: Community Convention Center Mural Public Art Project Submittal

Deadline- April 22, 2021, 5 pm MST

The revised RFQ reflects a change in the proposed location of the mural for the Community Convention Center with an extended deadline of April 22, 2021. See below for the revised RFQ.

For more info: CCC Mural RFQ






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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